Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Sunday, 17 November 2013
From Classical collection:
Sicilienne was originally written in March, 1893 as part of the incidental music for Moliere’s “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” but was never used for that purpose; it was then used as a solo for cello (or violin) with piano accompaniment and first published in April, 1898, as his Op. 78, with a dedication to the British Cellist William Henry Squire (1871-1963).
Faure also included it in his incidental music (first performed in June, 1898) for Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1892 drama “Pelleas et Melisande” - a work which inspired many composers to write music for it: Claude Debussy (1902), Arnold Schoenberg (1903), Jean Sibelius (1905) and Cyril Scott (1912); however, Faure was the first. The Pelleas et Melisande Suite (Op. 80) for Orchestra is made up of 4 selections from the incidental music, with Sicilienne as the third selection.
A “Sicilienne” (in Italian “Siciliano”; in English “Sicilaina”) is an Italian dance, usually in a minor key, in the meter of 6/8, which uses the distinctive rhythmic figure dotted eighth, sixteenth, eighth (this rhythmic figure, of course, occurs in many other pieces in 6/8, “Greensleeves” and “Silent Night” are two examples). In this arrangement all of the rhythmic values have been doubled and the meter changed to 3/4 (the “Sicilienne” rhythm has, therefore, changed from dotted eighth, sixteenth, eighth to dotted quarter, eighth, quarter).
Sunday, 10 November 2013
This is an orchestral transcription by Gordon Jacob of the original piece and was performed by the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.
1. March: Seventeen Come Sunday 0:00
2. Intermezzo: My Bonny Boy 3:21
3. March: Folk Songs from Somerset 6:40
Written in 1923, the English Folk Song Suite is one of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams's most famous works for military band. Although it is commonly known by the title given above, it was actually published as "Folk Song Suite" - the title which is used on the score and parts. In 1924, the piece was arranged for full orchestra and later for brass band by Vaughan Williams' student Gordon Jacob, when the longer title was used, presumably with the composer's approval. It follows that performances and recordings by orchestras always use the later title, but those by wind bands as often use the original, shorter, title, even though bandsmen regularly talk of the "English Folk Song Suite".
The suite consists of three movements: March, Intermezzo and another March. The first march is called Seventeen Come Sunday, the Intermezzo is subtitled My Bonny Boy and the final movement is based on four Folk Songs from Somerset. Its premiere was given at Kneller Hall on July 4, 1923, conducted by Lt Hector Adkins. It originally had a fourth movement, Sea Songs, which was played second, but the composer removed it after the first performance and published it separately (interestingly, this included an orchestration by the composer himself, not one by Gordon Jacob).
The remix version by DJ is also very good. In fact, I found the original song after listening to the remixed version:
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
The Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50, is a pavane by the French composer Gabriel Fauré written in 1887. It was originally a piano piece, but is better known in Fauré's version for orchestra and optional chorus. Obtaining its rhythm from the slow processional Spanish court dance of the same name, the Pavane ebbs and flows from a series of harmonic and melodic climaxes, conjuring a cool, somewhat haunting, Belle Époque elegance. The piece is scored for only modest orchestral forces consisting of string instruments and one pair each of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns. A typical performance lasts about six minutes.
Thursday, 29 August 2013
The third and most famous movement of Suite bergamasque is "Clair de lune," meaning "moonlight" in French. Its name comes from Paul Verlaine's poem of the same name which also refers to 'bergamasques' in its opening stanza: Votre âme est un paysage choisi / Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques / Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi / Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques. "Clair de lune" was originally titled "Promenade Sentimentale."
Recently Google celebrated 151st birthday of Claude Debussy, here is a news item from Guardian on that.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Saturday, 6 July 2013
On the Steppes of Central Asia (srednyei Azii, literally In Central Asia) is the common English title for a "musical tableau" (or symphonic poem) by Alexander Borodin, composed in 1880.
The work was originally intended to be presented as one of several tableaux vivants to celebrate the silver anniversary of the reign of Alexander II of Russia, who had done much to expand the Russian Empire eastward. The intended production never occurred, but the work itself became, and has remained, a concert favorite ever since its first concert performance, on 8 April 1880 (Old style) in St. Petersburg by the orchestra of the Russian Opera under the conductorship of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The work is dedicated to Franz Liszt.
This orchestral work idyllically depicts an interaction of Russians and Asians in the steppe lands of the Caucasus. A caravan of Central Asians is crossing the desert under the protection of Russian troops. The opening theme, representing the Russians, is heard first (see chart of themes below); then we hear the haunting strains of an ornamented eastern melody on English horn, representing the Asians. These two melodies eventually are combined contrapuntally. Amidst these two ethnic melodies is heard a "traveling" theme in pizzicato that represents the plodding hoofs of the horses and camels. At the end only the Russian theme is heard.
Sunday, 9 June 2013
Pirates of the Caribbean -The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Klaus Badelt
01. Fog Bound [0:28]
02. The Medallion Calls [2:16]
03. The Black Pearl [4:13]
04. Will & Elizabeth [6:21]
05. Swords Crossed [8:29]
06. Walk the Plank [11:42]
07. Barbossa is Hungry [13:37]
08. Blood Ritual [17:41]
09. Moonlight Serenade [21:13]
10. To the Pirate's Cave! [23:22]
11. Skull & Crossbones [26:51]
12. Bootstrap's Bootstraps [30:14]
13. Underwater March [33:11]
14. One Last Shot [37:09]
15. He's a Pirate [41:48]
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Friday, 22 March 2013
Saturday, 9 March 2013
Fantasía para un gentilhombre (Fantasia for a Gentleman) is a concerto for guitar and orchestra by the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. It is Rodrigo's second most popular work after the famous Concierto de Aranjuez.
The four movements were based on six short dances for solo guitar by the 17th century Spanish composer Gaspar Sanz, taken from a three-volume work (1674, 1675, 1697) now commonly known as Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española (Musical Instruction on the Spanish Guitar) (Donis 2005:75). Most of the movements retain the names that Sanz originally gave them. Rodrigo expanded on Sanz's themes to produce a work lasting more than 20 minutes.
1. Villano y ricercar
2. Españoleta y fanfarria de la caballería de Nápoles
3. Danza de las hachas
The Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90, is a symphony written by Johannes Brahms. The work was written in the summer of 1883 at Wiesbaden, nearly six years after he completed his Second Symphony. In the interim Brahms had written some of his greatest works, including the Violin Concerto, two overtures (Tragic Overture and Academic Festival Overture), and the Second Piano Concerto.
The premiere performance was given on 2 December 1883 by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Hans Richter. The shortest of Brahms' four symphonies, a typical performance lasts between 30 and 40 minutes.
The symphony is in four movements, marked as follows:
1. Allegro con brio (F major), in sonata form.
2. Andante (C major), in a modified sonata form.
3. Poco allegretto (C minor), in ternary form (A B A').
4. Allegro (F minor/F major), in a modified sonata form.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Richard Harvey (born 25 September 1953) is a BAFTA Award–winning British musician and composer. Originally of the mediaevalist progressive rock group Gryphon, he is best known now for his film and television soundtracks. He is also known for his guitar concerto "Concerto Antico", which was composed for the guitarist John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra.
In April 2012, UK radio listeners voted Richard Harvey's Concerto Antico into the Classic FM Hall of Fame for the first time.