Two Favorites by Dvorak–Symphony #8 and Symphony #9

Here are two Dvorak favorites. Enjoy!

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A Classical Music Quiz–Which Composer Are You?

I’m listening to an hour-long program of Vivaldi’s music on the radio, through my computer. So far, it’s wonderful, and I’ll be writing a separate post about it soon.

When I went to the site to find the “Listen Live” feed, I ran across this quiz, entitled, “Which Composer Are You?”

I rarely take things like this as gospel, but I decided to have fun with it. To my shock, I am very like Brahms, although I was hoping to be more like Beethoven, Mozart, or Dvorak. Since I know very little of Brahms’ work, I guess I have figured out who I should listen to next.

Anyway, try the quiz for yourself, and enjoy!

Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A Minor

The first time I heard Dvorak’s “Violin Concerto in A Minor, Opus 53,” it was March 19, 2009. I loved it so much I played it twice in one day. Since then, I always keep an ear out for it. One day, I hope to own my own copy. It starts out very grand, and then somewhere in the middle it has this very cheerful-sounding section that I always recognize, whatever I happen to be doing with music as a background. It seems I’m always at the computer.

Many performers pick different sections to highlight. I prefer the complete version of all three movements. Here is a recording of the second and third movements:

Music to Wake Up By

This morning before getting up, I heard this piano piece called “Silhouette: Op. 8” by Antonin Dvorak. I had not heard it until now, and I just thought it was pretty: