Evangelicals and Art: Johann Strauss II

This weekend I am going to showcase the beautiful music of Johann Strauss II. Johann was born in Austria on October 25, 1825 and lived until June 3, 1899. Johann is well known as an Austrian composer of light music especially dance music and operettas. He was known as “The Waltz King” and helped popularize the waltz in Vienna in the 19th century. There is a lot to feature in time but I thought I would start off with some well known works. Tritsch-Tratsch Polka is very established and has been used in movie soundtracks occasionally. I hope you have a good weekend!  Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini is a well known Italian composer who wrote a lot of operas, as well as sacred music, chamber music and some piano pieces. Rossini moved to France and helped usher in the French grand opera. Rossini was a prolific composer and earned the nick name “The Italian Mozart.” There is too much work from Rossini, but I am slowly going to chip away at it. For this weekend I am going to roll out The Barber of Seville. Enjoy it, and turn up those speakers! Have a great weekend!  Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: More Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Today we’re going back to classical music, however I am not going to spend a lot of time on Tchaikovsky. I just think his works are brilliant. He is the first Russian composer from what I read whose music became known internationally. He is known for symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, and chamber music. On top of that he became a guest composer both in Europe and before Carnegie Hall. Today I am going to feature his first five symphonies. If you want to learn more about him you can do so here. Continue reading