In Renaissance Florence, church and civic bells frequently rang out across the city’s crowded soundscape. Their calls were far from impartial.
The songwriter was born on June 9th, 1891.
The 'father of the symphony' came to London on January 1st, 1791.
Wagner's opera was first performed in Munich on June 10th, 1865.
Understanding aboriginal history through rare and largely unheard music.
In 1923 Richard Wagner’s son, Siegfried, appealed to Bayreuth Festival audiences to refrain from responding to Hans Sachs’ paean to ‘holy German...
Owain Edwards writes about the sea change in classical music composition - and listenership - as the galant music of the Bachs reached London.
Beethoven's only opera was performed for the first time on May 23rd, 1814.
Joanna Richardson describes how after he had moved to Paris, Jacques Offenbach, the son of a cantor at the synagogue in Cologne, created an operatic epitome of the Second Empire.
The history of the Bayreuth Festival, the annual celebration of the music of Richard Wagner, is mired in controversy and scandal, as Mark Ronan reports.