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John D. Pelzer shows the connections between Jazz, Youth and the German Occupation.

Beethoven's only opera was performed for the first time on May 23rd, 1814.

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

Antoine-Joseph Sax was born on November 6th, 1814.

Volume: 64 Issue: 11 2014

The French chanteur was born on May 18th, 1913.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

Jonathan Conlin finds a surprising story of Anglo-French exchange behind the frothing petticoats and high kicks of this most Parisian of dances.

Volume: 63 Issue: 10 2013

Reaction to the death of André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry far exceeded the fame of the Belgian-born composer during his lifetime. The cult-like status he achieved beyond the grave reflects the power of music in turbulent times and reveals new attitudes to mourning, says James Arnold.  

Volume: 63 Issue: 9 2013

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.

Volume: 63 Issue: 12 2013

Bayreuth has much for which to thank Richard Wagner, but the determination of a Prussian princess to create something out of her dull and provincial 18th-century marriage helped make the city the place it is today, says Adrian Mourby.

Volume: 63 Issue: 5 2013

The great composer died on December 28th, 1937.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

Ramona Wadi reports on the continuing struggle to shed light on the death in 1973 of the Chilean singer and political activist Victor Jara.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

In our series in which historians look back on the changes that have taken place in their field in the 60 years since the founding of History Today, Daniel Snowman takes a personal view of new approaches to the study of the history of culture and the arts – and of music in particular.

Volume: 61 Issue: 2 2011

Strauss's 'musical comedy' was first performed in Dresden on January 26th, 1911. It was a sensation.

Volume: 61 Issue: 1 2011

On the centenary of the death of W.S.Gilbert Ian Bradley examines the achievements of the surprisingly radical Victorian dramatist and librettist who, in collaboration with the composer Arthur Sullivan, created classic satires of English national identity.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

A political exile, Richard Wagner found safety in Zurich, where he also discovered the love and philosophy that inspired his greatest works, as Paul Doolan explains.

Volume: 61 Issue: 11 2011

Sexually explicit jigs were a major part of the attraction of the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration stage, as Lucie Skeaping explains. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

Richard Cavendish remembers the birth of the pianist who was also briefly prime minister of Poland.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

During his brief life, the Polish master of the musical miniature became a living symbol of his troubled nation. Adam Zamoyski looks at the reception given to Chopin by a divided public when he visited Britain in 1848, a year of revolution through Europe.

Volume: 60 Issue: 5 2010

Mark Juddery looks at the historical backdrop to the much-loved 1950s Hollywood musical, Singin’ in the Rain in which Hollywood tells its own story of the arrival of sound to the big screen.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Opera has flourished in the United States. But how did this supposedly ‘elite’ art form become so deep-rooted in a nation devoted to popular culture and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal? Daniel Snowman explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 1 2010

Richard Cavendish remembers the first performance of Porgy and Bess.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

A subject and servant of Europe’s most cosmopolitan empire, the composer Joseph Haydn played an important role in the emergence of German cultural nationalism during the 18th and 19th centuries, writes Tim Blanning.

Volume: 59 Issue: 5 2009

As a young man, he had little interest in politics and rejected the embedded racism of fellow southerners in his affinity for blues music. What drove him into the office of President Nixon in 1970? Glen Jeansonne and David Luhrssen look at how the King of Rock’n’Roll managed his rule during the cultural shifts of the 1960s.

Volume: 57 Issue: 8 2007

The man who wrote the words of 'Hark! the Herald Angels Sing', 'Love Divine, All Loves Excelling' and hundreds of other much-loved hymns was born on December 18th, 1707.

Volume: 57 Issue: 12 2007

Tom Neuhaus looks at the subversive young Germans known as Swing Youth who refused to have their hobbies and tastes dictated to them by the Nazis and provoked the regime by their devotion to American and British music and fashion.

Volume: 56 Issue: 10 2006

The premiere of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the Vienna opera house on December 23rd, 1806, was not a success.

Volume: 56 Issue: 12 2006

Joannes Chrisostomus Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart was born in Salzburg on January 27th, 1756.

Volume: 56 Issue: 1 2006

Adrian Mourby welcomes a new wave of opera houses around the world, and compares this with the previous surge in the late 19th century.

Volume: 54 Issue: 12 2004

Janet Vitmayer previews the new Music Gallery at the Horniman which is due to open this winter.

Volume: 52 Issue: 10 2002

Guiseppe Verdi, described by the Italian parliament as 'one of the highest expressions of the national genius' died on January 27th, 1901, aged 87.

Volume: 51 Issue: 1 2001

John D. Pelzer shows the connections between Jazz, Youth and the German Occupation.

Volume: 51 Issue: 10 2001

The great opera premiered in Rome on January 14th, 1900.

Volume: 50 Issue: 1 1999

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