How were the dances that we dance created as well as the musical instruments that we play, and the brilliant architectural monuments? What was the source of inspiration for composers, sculptors, and artists? Which kings, politicians and saints were seriously engaged in the arts, enriching the treasury of world culture? The program "Shades of Art" tries to answer these and other similar questions.
The Vltava is the longest river of the Czech Republic (about 430 km), the left tributary of the Elba. In the entire history of the Czech lands, this river has played a unique role in the country's life. The symphonic poem "Vltava" by Czech composer Bedřich Smetana is considered to be the unofficial anthem of the country.
Today's broadcast is dedicated to the history of creation of this brilliant work.
Bolero is a national Spanish dance, whose initial types originated in the second half of the 18th century. In the 19th century, bolero became so popular that became a part of musical theater and was taught with the rules of classical ballet.
We continue the topic covered in our latest episode dedicated to the Catholic prayer "Ave Maria." Today we present another interesting story about one more song called "Ave Aria," which is a result of the so-called cooperation between 18th-century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and 19th-century French composer, music critic Charles Gounod.
"Ave Maria" is one of the most famous Catholic prayers dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary. In different periods, musical masterpieces were created on the basis of this prayer.
Today we present Franz Schubert's "Ellen's Third Song" that is often wrongly called "Ave Maria."
The ability to see creative dreams is one of the unexplained mysteries inherent to geniuses. Many stories have reached us that tell how the author of an important invention or the creator of a wonderful art work received a hint for it in a dream.
Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn spent about three decades in the palace of the Esterházy princes, which was so rich and luxurious that was not inferior to the palace of the Emperor.
About 300 years ago, in 1732-1734, the German Baroque composer, organist and violinist Johann Sebastian Bach wrote his famous Coffee Cantata, which is considered to be the first music composition that advertises coffee.
The broadcast is dedicated to the history of the last Symphony (No. 6 in b minor) of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the famous Russian composer, conductor, pedagogue, music critic, and author of more than 80 works. This symphony can be considered the composer's musical autobiography.
The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor that was called by Ludwig van Beethoven a “sonata like a fantasy” (“sonata quasi una fantasia”) was printed by the publisher Nikolaus Simrock in Bonn, in the winter of 1802. The title page of the work had the words “Dedicated to Countess Giulietta Guicciardi”…
Adagio in G minor for organ and stringed instruments that is attributed to the Baroque Italian composer and violinist Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni is one of the most popular and most frequently performed piece of music in the world today. But many do not know that Albinoni has almost no relation to the creation of this work.
The broadcast is dedicated to the most famous series of Georgy Sviridov's works, "The Snowstorm" (or "The Blizzard") which the composer titled as "Musical illustrations after Pushkin’s The Blizzard."
The final episode of our program is dedicated to the king of dances, waltz...
In today's episode dedicated to dances, we present the brief history of the creation and development of classical ballet...
In today's episode dedicated to the history of dances, we talk about balls...
As part of the series dedicated to the history of dances, this episode presents round or circle dances, which are common to the dance culture of almost all nations.
In today's episode, we tell when and why marches were created and what types of marches exist. You also have the opportunity to listen to excerpts from some of the best samples of this genre.
In today's episode, we present pavane, perhaps one of the most sublime dances in the history of dance art.
In today's episode of the series on dances, we present the most Polish dance, polonaise.
In today's episode of the series on the history of dances, we present one of the unexplained phenomena in the history of music that is called "folia"...
In today's episode of the series on the history of dances, we present the mysterious sarabande...
In today's episode, we talk on the Czech national dance polka.
In today's episode of the series on the history of dances, we present the national dance of the Italians, tarantella.
This season of our program is dedicated to historical dances. Today's episode is about minuet, which was the favorite dance of the Sun King, Louis XIV of France.
Our today’s episode is dedicated to the musical instrument celesta…