If you’re one of the 100,000,000 people who’ve watched Stephen Malinowski’s YouTube videos then skip this post. But if Malinowski’s Music Animation Machine has passed you by, then take a look at this fabulous version of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. https://youtu.be/02tkp6eeh40 Stephen Malinowski was born on August 6, 1953 in Santa Monica, California. He…… Continue reading These are the best music videos I’ve ever seen!
I really enjoyed listening to all the Beethoven String Quartets a few weeks ago. I love the way the four instruments sound as though they’re one. My untrained ear can’t tell where one player starts and another stops; it’s just a cohesive whole. Recently I’ve listened to more string quartets: a CD compilation of French…… Continue reading More Quartets and a Camomile Lawn
I enjoyed Birds On The Wires a couple of years ago and the other day I stumbled upon it again and loved it just as much. The creator of Birds On The Wires, Jarbas Agnelli, was reading a newspaper one morning when he saw a photograph of birds on an electric wire. He was inspired…… Continue reading Don’t you think this is a beautiful music video?
Over the Easter weekend we watched the old MGM favourite “Easter Parade”. I’d forgotten that the film includes Fred and Judy’s version of “I Love a Piano”. I should have remembered the song when it was Piano Day a couple of weeks ago. Certainly a fitting celebratory song for the occasion! The song is by…… Continue reading I Love a Piano
Did you know that today is Piano Day? For the last few years lovers of the piano from all around the world have been celebrating their favourite instrument on this special day. Why today? There are 88 keys on a conventional piano keyboard and today is the 88th day of the year. If you visit…… Continue reading Happy Piano Day!
This wonderful image is the Ode to Joy art installation by Giacomo Zucca in Bundesstadt, Bonn. As far as I’m able to work out, the piece was commissioned by the Goethe Institute for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth last year. As I told you in my Music Blog a couple of weeks ago, I…… Continue reading So, who was Elise?
John Erskine Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. Image by Rebecca Jasso from Pixabay Pablo Casals Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. Image by v-3-5-N-a from Pixabay George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss Life seems to go on…… Continue reading 5 lovely music quotes to make your day.
I’ve always enjoyed listening to Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos. About a year ago I was given CD boxed sets of the whole lot and as I worked my way through I enjoyed listening all over again. But recently I’ve had a whole new Beethoven experience. Have you ever listened to Beethoven’s string quartets? There…… Continue reading Roll over Beethoven
Sir Henry Joseph Wood (3 March 1869 – 19 August 1944) was an English conductor best known for his association with London’s annual series of promenade concerts known as The Proms. In 1893 a new concert hall opened in London. The hall could seat over two thousand people and the sound quality was the best…… Continue reading Henry Wood was born #OnThisDay in 1869
If you enjoyed the Berceuse by Frank Bridge that I blogged about in My new favourite piano music! , I think you’ll love this piece. A friend has loaned me the music, and believe me, it’s tricky. But lovely! https://youtu.be/r6IwSqFvWeI Thanks for visiting my blog today.