Jaromir Weinberger – Schwanda and beyond

Show of hands: how many played the Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper in their highs school or college band? Jaromir Weinberger’s piece has made him a one-hit-wonder. An as with many composers, it does him something of a disservice. It is true, I think,...

#ClassicsaDay #BlackLivesMatter Week 2

The Classics a Day team unanimously decided to make #BlackLivesMatter the theme for July. Classical music isn’t immune to systemic racism. It’s an art form that, like painting, sculpture, literature, or poetry, is a powerful form of expression for many...

Majestic recording of Johann Pachelbel Magnificat

To the general public, Johann Pachelbel is a one-hit-wonder. To his contemporaries in Germany, he was much more — and recordings such as this help us understand why. During his lifetime, Pachelbel was renowned as an organist and a composer. He was especially...