From humble beginnings in Armenia, and with little formal training, Aram Khachaturian went on to become one of the Soviet Union’s top composers – but success came at a price, says Daniel Jaffé.
Moody, paranoid and in later years creatively paralysed by depression, there was a dark side to Elgar that history tends to overlook.
Was Ravel’s music affected by external events and, eventually, mental illness? Absolutely not, says Gerald Larner.
Dvořák could easily have ended up a jobbing musician in some small town but his ambition and genius led him down a different path.
Why did the brilliantly crafted works of one of the greats of 19th-century French opera suddenly disappear from the repertoire?
One of the most remarkable late starters among composers, Leoš Janáček grew to full creative stature only in his mid-sixties.
Always inventive, Rameau’s love of pushing the limits of convention won him both ardent admirers and die-hard detractors.
Beethoven completed just one opera, but even that proved a tortuous effort. So was writing for the stage where the great composer met his match?
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As a contemporary of Strauss and Schoenberg, it was inevitable that Zemlinsky’s brilliance would be overshadowed. This article is available to Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Access our paywalled content and archive of magazines, regular news and features for the limited offer of $3 per month. Support independent journalism. Subscribe now
He’s complex, lengthy and often frustrating. But give Bruckner due attention and he has power to captivate like no one else.
Now he is thought of as an old Dutch master, but the former apostle of Marxist modernism would doubtless shy away from such titles.
Accompanist to Frederick the Great, the second son of JS Bach was also a composer of rare inventiveness and beauty. This article is available to Limelight subscribers. Log in to continue reading. Access our paywalled content and archive of magazines, regular news and features for the limited offer of $3 per month. Support independent journalism. Subscribe now