Funiculi, funiculà – Denza/Turco (1880)

This song comes from Naples, Italy, where I lived in 1980, and was written in Neapolitan dialect. It was the winner of a song competition and celebrated the funicular train that had recently been installed on the side of the volcano, Vesuvius.

Here’s a version with the original Neapolitan text and English translation:

I like this version, too by Beniamino Gigli dating from 1949:

Songs We Were Singing

27156-1 Luigi Denza.

This song was written by Luigi Denza and Peppino Turco in 1880. Robert Sherman and Richard Sherman wrote new lyrics to the tune in 1961 and titled the song Dream Boy. Dream Boy was recorded by Annette Funucello and released as a single. Funiculi, Funicula has been recorded by Mitch Miller And The Gang, Mario Lanza, Connie Francis, and Tony Mottola among others. The song was part of Lee Curtis and The All-Stars’ repertoire and was played in a rock style.

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Beethoven’s Pastoral Sixth and Disney in Stereo (2015May22)

An excellent tribute and reflection on the power and impact of “Fantasia” by Xperdun. I hadn’t thought about the fact that Classical music only became known to the masses with the advent of radio.

Xper Dunn Is Here

Friday, May 22, 2015                                               10:52 AM

When I was a boy, I liked to lie on the floor of a dark room and listen to classical music. My closed eyes became an IMAX screen for Rorschach-fueled fantasies—vague daydreams of struggle, passion, voyaging, and victory. Back then, I didn’t listen to music the way I do now—I simply heard a soundtrack to an invisible movie. Dvorak’s New World, Tchaikovsky’s 1812, Smetana’s Moldau, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter—they all suggested vague plotlines of grand adventures, terrific battles, and transporting joys—and Beethoven’s symphonies were right up there in my ‘top hits’ list. Classical music has always been the soundtrack to my daydreams.

Because I felt that classical music (mostly Romantic, and symphonic, at that time) was a ‘drug’ that would take me on a ‘trip’, I preferred listening to it on my bedroom record-player to sitting in the audience at Lincoln…

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Beethoven’s Sixth

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

Write Wrote Written’s Blog on Beethoven’s 6th.

Bach: Concerto for 3 Harpsichords, Strings and Basso continuo in C-Major, BWV 1064.

Great piece of luck to find this piece by Bach this bright Wednesday morning.

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) A Young Woman Playing a Harpsichord to a Young Man, c. (Image from : kids.britannica.com)

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La Cathédrale Engloutie

A great piece of writing on Debussy.

Debussy’s beautiful 3:28 for the Tuesday – May 5th

I’m in hot Florida this weekend, so it’s nice listening to this “cool” music.

One journey to classical music

Before Tuesday makes you run, please use 3:28 for this beautiful, somehow hypnotizing and relaxing piece. Claude Debussy’s “Des pas sur la neige” – s’il vous plaît!

More on Debussy in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Debussy

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188 de ani de la premiera Simfoniei a 9-a de Beethoven

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.

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