Tag: classical

  • Bach

    In February of 1685, James II became the last Catholic king of England when his brother Charles II died. To historians, and to those living under the rule of kings, it was a momentous event, but it was nothing compared to what was coming. The next month, in Germany, a child was born who would…

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  • Happy Birthday Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, born on this day 178 years ago, was the first Russian composer whose music became popular around the world. His three ballets – The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty – are all classics, still performed today. Tchaikovsky’s homosexuality is still denied by the government of his famously homophobic homeland. At…

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