May 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Forget Fantasia and the cloying centaurs. This is one of Beethoven’s lushest and most rewarding symphonies. Kind of like a Romantic German update of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
( A love affair with music)
May 13, 2015 7 Comments
Great piece of luck to find this piece by Bach this bright Wednesday morning.
Originally posted on mea gratae itinera:
One of the nice things about living in Europe is, its access to Baroque era music played on 17th/18th Century original instruments. There is a little piece of joy to listen an on stage performance like this.
A Young Woman Playing a Harpsichord to a Young Man, c. (Image from : kids.britannica.com)
May 10, 2015 Leave a comment
A great piece of writing on Debussy.
Originally posted on Good Music Speaks:
There is a region in Northwest France that is named Brittany. This is the home of the ethnic group of Bretons, who speak the ancient Celtic language of Breton. This language is related to Cornish, and more distantly related to Welsh. The ancestors of the Bretons came to this part of France over 1,000 years ago from the southern part of Great Britain.
There is an ancient Breton tale, told in a number a versions, of the mythical city of Ys. The city was located near the Bay of Douarnenez on the coast of the Brittany region. There are several changing elements to the tale, but in all cases the city was below sea level and protected by the walls of a dike, with only one gate. The king Gralon was the holder of the one and only key to the gate. Inevitably, the key is stolen and the city…
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May 9, 2015 1 Comment
I’m in hot Florida this weekend, so it’s nice listening to this “cool” music.
May 7, 2015 Leave a comment
188 Year Anniversary of the premiere of Beethoven’s 9th. What a gift from the gods.
I love it all, but the 3rd Movement is exquisite and often overshadowed by the 4th.
Originally posted on Gându' Satului Vrâncean:
Societatea Filarmonicii Londoneze a comandat simfonia în 1817.Lucrarea compoziției principale a fost terminată în toamna anului 1822, iar autograful a fost primit în 1824.
O pagină din manuscrisele lui Beethoven ale Odei Bucuriei
Oda bucuriei cunoscută și ca simfonia a 9-a este una din cele mai renumite compoziții ale luiLudwig van Beethoven. Mai este renumită și pentru grandiosul final coral pe versurile poetului Friedrich Schiller. Această simfonie este actualul imn oficial alUniunii Europene, având premiera în 7 mai 1827. Simfonia a fost primul exemplu de compoziție majoră folosind vocile într-o simfonie,(fiind astfel o simfonie corală). Cuvintele sunt cântate în timpul mișcării finale de patru soliști vocali și un cor. În 2002, a fost acordat autograful pentru simfonia a IX-a, organizat de Biblioteca de Stat din Berlin, devenind prima partitură onorată. Pentru a fi sigur de frumusețea simfoniei lui, Beethoven, fiind surd atunci când a…
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May 5, 2015 2 Comments
I feel ashamed for not listening to Bartok’s String Quartets until 40 years after a college friend told me about them. It’s shameful because my father was Hungarian and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and his Roumanian Danses are two of my favorite works.
Here’s a great post on Bartok.
Originally posted on Our Invisible Cities:
MASTERWORK: The Aeolus Quartet Performs Bartók’s 6th String Quartet
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center
Quartets by Haydn or Mozart are straightforward affairs.These works can be difficult to play and interpret, but at least know both the composers and the musical tradition that they represent. Move even a bit east of Vienna, though, and the familiar rhythms of the West become choppy and asymmetrical, strange Magyar harmonies matched with even stranger accents and beats.
The Aeolus Quartet (currently in residence at Juilliard) discussed their own struggles with the Hungarian tradition in Bartók’s melancholy Quartet No. 6 this past Thursday at Lincoln Center’s Public Library for the Performing Arts. Inspired by a performance in Cleveland that matched Bartók chamber works with songs by a Hungarian folk ensemble, the…
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April 30, 2015 7 Comments
|Today is the 26th and final day of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in which I attempted to blog every day (excepting Sundays) throughout the month of April. For this challenge, I curated a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).The last composer in this series is Zacara da Teramo (estimated birth between 1350 & 1360 and death between 1413 & 1416).|
Though Antonius Berardi Andree de Teramo is the composer’s Latin name, he was referred to, though not by himself, as “Zacara.” This is kind of sad, considering Zacara means “a small thing of little value,” which was a cruel reference to his small stature. He rose to great heights, however, composing music that was the bridge between Medieval and Renaissance music. He came from Teramo and seems to have composed all his life. In mid-life, he went to Rome where he became a Papal secretary to Pope Boniface IX until 1404. He served the next two Popes, Innocent VII and Gregory XII during the Western Schism. His music shifted around this time and in addition to sacred music, he also wrote secular pieces that were highly satirical.
Another odd fact about him was that he only had a total of 10 digits on his two feet and hands. This is documented in a painting and in certain documents.
Here are two pieces to round out the month. Enjoy.
Ciaramella by Zacara de Teramo
Zachara : Credo Deus Deorum
The composer’s Wikipedia entry: Zacara da Teramo
April 29, 2015 1 Comment
|Today is day 25 of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) throughout the month of April. For this challenge, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).Today’s composer is Polly Young (1749-1799).|
Polly Young came from a well-known British musical family and was born in Covent Garden. A prodigy in voice and harpsichord, I guess that would have made her “Young Polly Young.” Sorry.
At the age of 6 she traveled to Ireland with her aunt Cecilia who was married to the composer Thomas Arne, and made her debut singing in an opera, Eliza, by her uncle.
Cecilia Maria Barthélemon – Sonata in E, Op. 1/3
The composer’s Wikipedia entry: Polly Young
April 28, 2015 2 Comments
|Today is day 24 of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) throughout the month of April. For this challenge, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).Today’s composer is Spyridon Xyndas (1812-1896).|
Spyridon Xyndas came from the island of Corfu and after completing his music studies there, he moved to Naples and then Milan where he continued. Returning to Corfu he was one of the founders of the Philharmonic Society of Corfu, where he taught for many years. He composed operas, but only one is extant, the rest of his work purportedly “destroyed during the 1943 Luftwaffe bombing of the Municipal Theatre of Corfu.”
DIMITRI PLATANIAS singing “The poor soul sat sighing” by Spyridon Xyndas
The composer’s Wikipedia entry: Spyridon Xyndas
April 27, 2015 1 Comment
|Today is day 23 of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) throughout the month of April. For this challenge, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).Today’s composer is José White (Lafitte) (1836-1913).
Afterward he moved to Brazil where he was the head of the Imperial Conservatory of music. He had a rich career and returned to Paris where he lived his final days.
La Bella Cubana ( Edison recording 1924) by José White (Lafitte)
The composer’s Wikipedia entry: José White Lafitte