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Celebrate Music in 2018

Stories reaching into music history

Take an in-depth look at some of the events and people highlighted in the collection, Music Anniversaries in 2018

1968 - "Peace Songs of the 1960s"
1918 - "Women in World War I"
1868 - "William Steinway and Richard Wagner"
1818 - "Western Music in Meiji Japan"
1768 - "Mozart: In Search of the Roots of Genius"

Collections Sampler: 1818-1968



Playlist: Classical Music from Smithsonian Folkways

Album art, A Perspective of Beethoven-Pianoforte, Leonid Hambro, 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1953 Cook Records
Leonid Hambro

A Perspective of Beethoven-Pianoforte

Album art, German Christmas Songs, Ernst Wolff, 1956, 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1956 Folkways Records
Ernst Wolff

German Christmas Songs

Album art, American Revolutionary War Songs to Cultivate the Sensations of Freedom, Arthur F. Schrader, 1976, 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Folkways Records
Arthur F. Schrader

American Revolutionary War Songs to Cultivate the Sensations of Freedom

In 1768, 250 years ago, Joseph Haydn was newly promoted to the position of music director for the court of Nikolaus I, Prince Esterhazy.  In this role, he wrote a three-act opera, Lo speziale (The Apothecary), which premiered as the inaugural opera of the Esterháza opera house in late 1768.

This spotlight was created by Kate Duffus Stein on behalf of Smithsonian Music.