Monday, May 28, 2018

Mozart's Adagio and Rondo in C minor, K.617

Listening Pleasures / Reveries

Adagio and Rondo for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola & cello in C minor, K.617 (1791)


This splendid quintet, scored for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola and cello was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus in Vienna, May 23, 1791, less than seven months before his death. This work was composed for Marianne Kirchgäßner. It was first performed in concert at the Burgtheater on August 19, 1791.

Another version I've included: 'Adagio and Rondo for harp, flute, oboe, viola, cello' performed by Ensemble Wien-Berlin, uploaded by Night Visitor. Refer to 'video credit' below.) 





Video Credit:

Mozart's Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica in C minor, K. 617. YouTube, uploaded by ComposersByNumbers.  Accessed May 28, 2018. (Composed in Vienna and dated May 23, 1791. For Marianne Kirchgäßner. First performed in concert at the Burgtheater on August 19, 1791. Performers: Bruno Hoffmann, glass harmonica; K. H. Ulrich, flute; Helmut Hucke, oboe; Ernst Nippes, viola; Hans Plumacher, cello.).

Mozart's Adagio and Rondo for harp, flute, oboe, viola and cello, in C minor, K.617.  YouTube, uploaded by Night Visitor. Accessed May 28, 2018. (Mozart's ADAGIO & RONDO from Ensemble Wien-Berlin: Suss (harp), Schulz (flute), Schellenberger (oboe), Christ (viola), Faust (violoncello). Parts: 1- Adagio 2-Rondo:Allegretto.)




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Monday, May 7, 2018

Goodbye Again

Down Memory Lane / Soundtrack

An all-time favourite piece of music, Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op.90 - III. Poco allegretto, has just been played at Fine Music 102.5, a radio station I often listen to. So poignant. So heartwarming. Memories came creeping into my otherwise quite turbulent mind.

This piece is used as soundtrack of a 1961 classic romantic drama movie entitled Goodbye Again, starring Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins and Yves Montand. It was released in Europe as Aimez-vous Brahms?, adapted from a novel by Francoise Sagan, first published in French in 1959, and published in English the following year.

Incidentally, today, 7th of May, marks the birthday of Johannes Brahms, as well as Pyotr Tchaikovsky, two favourites.  


Below is a video of Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op.90 - III. Poco allegretto, with Maestro Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.  (YouTube, uploaded by Nathaniel Adams. Accessed 7 May 2018.) 




"Say no more it’s goodbye
As before it’s goodbye
Every move, every sigh
Seems to prove it’s goodbye again."


Timely reflections through this piece of music as I decide to take an indefinite break from Facebook, a place I've freely given my time and efforts. Overly...  Distanced silences greatly help get things get into perspective.  




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Monday, April 30, 2018

Make Someone Happy

Randon Thoughts / Listening Pleasures

It's a wonderful feeling when we make someone happy.


This lovely popular song "Make Someone Happy" is introduced in the musical Do Re Mi with with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and a book by Garson Kanin, who also directed the original 1960 Broadway production. The plot is about a minor-league con man who decides to go straight by going into the business of juke boxes and music promotion.

Below, the song  is beautifully interpreted by Monica Ramey, singer, and Beegie Adair, pianist.  I first heard this beautiful song sung by Jimmy Durante in the film "Sleepless in Seattle." 




Make Someone Happy

Songwriters: Adolph Green / Betty Comden / Jule Styne
Make Someone Happy lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

It's so important to make someone happy,
Make just one someone happy;
Make just one heart the heart you sing to.
One smile that cheers you,
One face that lights when it nears you,
One girl you're ev'rything to.
Fame if you win it,
Comes and goes in a minute.
Where's the real stuff in life to cling to?
Love is the answer,
Someone to love is the answer.
Once you've found her, build your world around her.
Make someone happy, make just one someone happy,
And you will be happy, too.


Related Links / Resources:

Do Re Mi (Musical). en.wikipedia.org 




Video Credit:

Monica Ramey with Beegie Adair - Make Someone Happy. YouTube, uploaded by MLRJazz. Accessed May 1, 2018. 




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Friday, April 20, 2018

Ebb Tide


When was the last time you spent a quiet moment just sitting and looking at the sea? Highs and lows? The waves dance to the music of its melodies. Lately, I've been consistently wanting soft currents in my own waves. (I took this picture during my few days' holiday in Sunshine Coast before Christmas 2017.)


Matt Monro sings "Ebb Tide," one of my favourite popular songs down memory lane. Composed by Robert Maxwell and lyrics by Carl Sigman.




Video Credit:
Ebb Tide by Matt Monro. YouTube, uploaded by 65Seasons. Accessed April 21, 2018.



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Friday, April 13, 2018

Clara Wieck Schumann's Trio Für Violine, Cello and Piano, Op. 17


"Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?"
~ Clara Wieck Schumann
Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/clara_schumann

Over a cup of coffee (loving the smell of Rosabaya Nespresso), I'm enjoying an early Saturday cool morning with Clara Schumann's music, Trio in G-minor, Op. 17. Clara Wieck Schumann is one of my most admired woman composers of all time.

Beautiful composition.

Robert Schumann was fortunate in having such a dutiful and talented wife giving up her musical talent, composition in particular, for marriage. Such creative energies lost but we're still blest to capture some of her delightful works. 




Video Credit:

Clara Schuman - Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, G-minor, Op. 17. YouTube, uploaded by Yuliya Debedenko. Accessed April 14, 2018.



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Monday, April 2, 2018

The Mystery of Your Gift

Reveries / Listening Pleasures

"It's the courage to turn when the pages have burned
And your story now seems at an end.
Seasons stay and seasons go
Sending your memories adrift.
It's the beautiful longing, embrace the unknown
That's the mystery of your gift."


This beautiful song "The Mystery of Your Gift" is featured in the film BoyChoir released in 2015. Josh Groban recorded and co-wrote it with Brian Byrne, featuring The American Boychoir. After watching the film, I was blown away by the song. As one passionate for choral singing, a choir member since I was a child and now a chorister with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in the autumn of life, I find the lyrics extremely meaningful and the tender singing by Josh Groban poignantly touches my soul.

It's not important to me that the movie has inaccuracies, for example, about Handel's Messiah. Contrary to what the movie implied that there were no boy soprano parts, Handel actually wrote the soprano arias for boys and those parts were syng in Dublin and at the Coram Benefit Concert. 

The BoyChoir (film) and its featured "The Mystery of Your Gift" (song), offer an inspiring message on growth, change, and the love that binds us together. "Seasons stay and seasons go, sending your memories adrift... and the lessons you gave to me: before you can fly, you must fall. It's the beautiful longing, embrace the unknown, that's the mystery of your gift." 





The Mystery of Your Gift (Lyrics) 

A single note passes out of the ashes
A flickering ember begins
It's the courage to turn when the pages have burned
And your story now seems at an end.

Seasons stay and seasons go
Sending your memories adrift.

It's the beautiful longing, embrace the unknown
That's the mystery of your gift.

And the echoes of your melody will always live in these walls
And the lessons that you gave to me, before you can fly, you must fall
It's the beautiful longing, embrace the unknown
That's the mystery of your gift.

There's a voice in the shadow calling for more
There's a rhythm that beats from within
Lending your voice to the warmth of the song
There's a strength in the choir of one
Pure as the voice that sees the place where the weight of your past may now lift
It's the beautiful longing, embrace the unknown
That's the mystery of your gift.

And the echoes of your melody will always live in these walls
And the lessons that you gave to me, before you can fly you must fall
So sing higher & higher, a thousand new voices ring through
If you sing out of the fire, the courage you need comes from you.


Related Links / Resources:

The Mystery of your Gift (original) by Josh Groban. Choir: American BoyChoir. Accessed April 2, 2018.

The Mystery of Your Gifts (Lyrics).  www.metrolyrics.com. Accessed April 2, 2018.

The Mystery of Your Gift. www.jwpepper.com. Accessed April 2, 2018.



Video Credit:

The Mystery of Your Gift. YouTube, uploaded by TUPIC. Accessed April 2, 2018. 




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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Thais Meditation


Twilight meditation.



An all-time favourite piece by French composer Jules Massenet, "Méditation",  a profoundly heart-warming symphonic intermezzo from his opera Thaïs, written for solo violin and orchestra.

Sometimes what we know deep in our hearts are clouded over by doubts due to other people's opinions.  I need to clear away these clouds, and listen to my heart. Way to keep peace with myself.           





Video Credit:

Fritz Kreisler plays Thaïs-Meditation. Uploaded by bwv1064. Accessed March 17, 2018.


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