As music became an art for all the people of Europe, Ludwig van Beethoven, born 250 years ago this year, became the hero and the symbol of an aspiring German nation.
The Met opened its doors on 22 October 1883.
The power and perils of reconstructing the music of Napoleon's time.
Though originally set to music, we almost always encounter the Ancient Greek epics as mute texts. But now their songs can be heard again.
Historians set great store by what people heard in the past, but what about those things they misheard?
The inventor of the saxotromba, saxhorn, saxtuba and saxophone was born on 6 November 1814.
Despite popular misconceptions and its aristocratic origins, for part of its history opera was inextricably linked with popular culture – no more so than in the 1920s.
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.