Shades of Art
The history behind the creation of great musical masterpieces.
The evolution of music and the creation of musical instruments.
The history of classical and folk dances.
- Host - Tatevik Tananyan
In Memory of Napoleon Bonaparte
Beethoven's Heroic Symphony marked a significant epoch in European symphonism, propelling the genre to unprecedented heights of innovation. Crafted during a psychologically challenging period for the composer, the Symphony stands as a testament to Beethoven's resilience and artistic brilliance.
Concluding this broadcast, you will have the opportunity to experience the 1st and the 2nd movements of the Symphony, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Herbert von Karajan.
From Poverty to Slavonic Dances
Today's program is devoted to exploring the history behind the creation of Antonín Dvořák's Slavonic Dances. As we delve into the origins and inspirations that shaped this masterpiece, we invite you to savor the performance by the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the maestro George Szell, which awaits you at the conclusion of our broadcast.
Oginski's "Farewell" to Homeland
Michal Oginski's polonaise, "A Farewell to the Homeland," stands as a poignant musical emblem of modern Poland. To some, it has been suggested as a potential choice for the Polish national anthem, yet this proposal was ultimately set aside because of its difficulty for singing.
The Story of the "Living" Swan
Since ancient times, people have woven legends and myths about the swan, considering it a symbol of purity and grandeur. Its beauty inspired a number of writers, artists and composers, including the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Today's broadcast is about the movement "Swan" from his Suite "The Carnival of the Animals."
Carl Orff's "Wheel of Fortune"
Benediktbeuern Abbey (or Beuern), a medieval monastery of the Benedictine Order, in Benediktbeuern in Bavaria, Germany. For many years, its monks have collected and preserved books of different content. The most popular among these books is perhaps "Carmina Burana," which, translated from Latin, means "Songs from Beuern." The poems of the collection became popular especially thanks to the famous cantata "Carmina Burana" by German composer and educator Carl Heinrich Maria Orff.
Ballet for Laborers
In this program, we explore the history of the Bolero, a national Spanish dance that originated in the second half of the 18th century. Discover how the Bolero became immensely popular in the 19th century, even influencing musical theater and being integrated with the principles of classical ballet.
Pergolesi's Immortal Legacy
In 1735, the talented composer, violinist, and organist Giovanni Battista Pergolesi moved from Naples, where he had been living and working, to a Franciscan monastery in the nearby small town of Pozzuoli. This decision was driven by his battle with tuberculosis, a disease that ultimately claimed his life on March 16, 1736, when he was just 26 years old. During this fateful year, Pergolesi composed one of his most significant and enduring works, the Stabat Mater cantata in F minor.
Lullaby or Secret Love Letter
Lullabies are an ancient genre of folk music that has its roots in human prehistory. Each nation has its own unique lullabies, influenced by its mythology, worldview, and philosophy, and these lullabies have changed very little over time.
Hidden amidst the rugged beauty of Scotland's Isle of Staffa lies a natural wonder like no other – a mesmerizing, 'singing' cave. This extraordinary geological formation enchants visitors with its ethereal sounds and mystical aura.
The Face of Death in Art
In the 14th-15th centuries, Western culture was entirely saturated with the theme of death. This direction in art soon received its name – "Danse macabre " or "Dance of death."
The Course of the Vltava River
The Vltava River, spanning approximately 430 kilometers, is the Czech Republic's longest river and serves as the left tributary of the Elbe. Throughout the history of the Czech lands, this river has held a distinctive and integral role in the country's existence. The symphonic poem "Vltava" composed by the renowned Czech musician Bedřich Smetana stands as the unofficial anthem of the nation.
Today's broadcast is dedicated to the fascinating history behind the creation of this magnificent masterpiece.
130 Years Later
We continue the topic covered in our latest episode, which was dedicated to the Catholic prayer "Ave Maria." Today, we present another interesting story about a song called "Ave Aria," the result of a collaboration between the 18th-century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and the 19th-century French composer and music critic Charles Gounod.
“Ave Maria” stands as one of the most renowned Catholic prayers, devoted to the revered Holy Virgin Mary. Across various epochs, this sacred prayer has served as the inspiration for numerous musical masterpieces. In the spotlight today is Franz Schubert's composition known as "Ellen's Third Song," a piece that is frequently misidentified as "Ave Maria."
The Mystery of the Creative Dream
Join us on a captivating journey into the enigmatic world of creative dreams. Within the minds of geniuses, lies an extraordinary power – the ability to harness inspiration from the mysterious realm of dreams.
Haydn's subtle suggestion
The Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn spent approximately three decades in the palace of the Esterházy princes. This palace was so rich and luxurious that it was on par with the Emperor's palace.
The Advertisement of Coffee in Bach's Life
Approximately 300 years ago, between 1732 and 1734, the renowned German Baroque composer, organist, and violinist Johann Sebastian Bach composed his famous Coffee Cantata. This composition is widely regarded as one of the earliest examples of music that serves as an advertisement for coffee.
This broadcast is devoted to the history of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's final Symphony (No. 6 in B minor). Tchaikovsky, the renowned Russian composer, conductor, pedagogue, music critic, and author of over 80 works, created this symphony, which is often regarded as a musical representation of his own life. It stands as the composer's musical autobiography, encapsulating his emotions and experiences.
Moonlight Sonata or a Love Story
Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, often referred to as the 'Moonlight Sonata,' earned the title 'sonata quasi una fantasia' or 'sonata like a fantasy' from the composer himself. Printed by the publisher Nikolaus Simrock in Bonn during the winter of 1802, the title page of this composition bore the dedication 'Dedicated to Countess Giulietta Guicciardi.'
On the Trail of Adagio
The Adagio in G minor for organ and stringed instruments, often attributed to the Baroque Italian composer and violinist Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, stands as one of the most widely recognized and frequently performed pieces of music in the world today. However, it's important to note that Albinoni had minimal involvement in the creation of this composition.