Classical World


Golden Hall of the Musikverein, Vienna © Photographer: Stefou (Flickr) Classical World / Fun Facts

The New Year’s Concert in Vienna’s Musikverein is Europe’s answer to Times Square. Tickets to the New Year’s Day performance by the Vienna Philharmonic are almost as coveted and hard to secure as a place in heaven, but millions follow the festivities through television broadcasts in over 90 countries.


Bassoon and Bocal © Photo: Scott Wolford Classical Guide / Classical World

There’s more to the classical music repertoire than just the usual keys and strings. We would like to take a moment to spotlight a few of the unsung instrument heroes of the ensemble and their place in classical music history.



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