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How Much Did the Violin from the Titanic Sell at Auction in 2013?

All the musicians aboard the Titanic perished when the ship sank in 1912. They played for as long as possible to help calm the passengers. They went down with the ship and were duly recognized for their heroism. But did you ever wonder what happened to their instruments? One of the violins played when the …

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Who was Madame Nedezhda von Meck to Tchaikovsky?

Esteemed for his ballet creations such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky became recognized for his skillfulness in musical compositions. With that said, Tchaikovsky received countless support, including the long-spanning emotional and financial aid from his relationship with Madame Nadezhda von Meck.  Through the exchange of letters, Nadezhda von Meck …

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Why is Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony Also Called the Leningrad Symphony?

Dmitri Shostakovich, a Russian composer, and pianist was one of the significant influences in classical music. He had a unique harmonic style and was especially noted for his role in history under Stalin’s regime. But did you ever wonder why Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony was named after an old city in Russia? In 1942, the Soviet …

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Tchaikovsky had a patron who gave him enough money to quit his job and become a full-time composer, on the condition that they never meet in person.

Tchaikovsky: Conflicted, Neurotic, Brilliant The first Russian to achieve international renown as a composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is also often considered the most Romantic of composers. He was also a deeply tormented and sensitive soul. By California Symphony If Tchaikovsky felt it, it found a way into his music.”—Prof Robert Greenberg Growing Up Tchaikovsky Born …

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