Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call them Morning Glories.
This month, the 13th falls on a Friday, so on Morning Glories, we'll share music from superstitious composers.
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Mahler was obsessed with the "curse of the ninth."
Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Manuel de Falla thought that a full moon was bad for his health.
Giuseppe Verdi: Alzira and Luisa Miller
Verdi was not superstitious, but the citizens of Naples — the city where his opera Alzira premiered — were.
Arnold Schoenberg: Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (after Handel)
Schoenberg had triskaidekaphobia — extreme superstition regarding the number thirteen.
Gioachino Rossini: William Tell
Rossini was always superstitious of Friday the 13th. Ironically, he died on Friday, November 13, 1868 — 147 years ago today!