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There are at least three other composers name “Tchaikovsky” besides the famous one? In addition to Piotr Ilyich there are Alexander (b. 1946), his uncle…

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THERE ARE MORE OPERAS BY VERDI IN THE STANDARD REPERTORY THAN BY ANY OTHER COMPOSER?  These include for sure Nabucco, Ernani, Macbeth, Rigoletto, Il trovatore,…

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The title character in Auber’s opera La Muette de Portici (The Mute Woman of Portici) has nothing to sing? The role usually goes to a…

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OVER THE COURSE OF 47 YEARS, JAMES LEVINE CONDUCTED MORE THAN 2,500 PERFORMANCES AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA? Levine died on March 9 of this year…

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… THERE WAS A COMPOSER NAMED JOHANN STRAUSS III? Johann I founded the Strauss dynasty and sired three sons. One of them was Johann II…

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 . . THE BELGIAN COMPOSER BOUDEWIJN BUCKINX (B. 1945) WROTE NINE UNFINISHED SYMPHONIES?All were composed in a single year, 1992. . . .  PLUTO HADN’T…

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A new column of fascinating but little-known musical trivia collected by Robert Markow, formerly a horn player in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, now a music…