Saturday, August 4, 2018

Ladies in Lavender

Listening Pleasure / Reveries 

We are never too old to dream a new dream. Imagination has no age. Dreams are forever.  After all, it's not the years in a life that counts, but how these years have been lived.  

A romantic and beautiful music poignantly played by violinist Joshua Bell. It's from the film Ladies in Lavender starring Dame Judi Dench (Ursula Widdington) and Dame Maggie Smith (Janet Widdington), with Daniel Brühl as Andrea Marowski. The film's original soundtrack was written by Nigel Hessby (Nominated for Classical BRIT Awards) and all performed by Joshua Bell and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, including compositions by favourite composers F. Mendelssohn, N. Paganini, J. Massenet, C. Debussy, P de Sarasate and J.S. Bach.

Video Credit:
Ladies in Lavender - Joshua Bell, Violinist. YouTube, uploaded by xyCuriosityxy. Accessed August 4, 2018.

Ladies in Lavender (Film). Accessed August 4, 2018

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Plaisir d'Amour

Listening Pleasure / Reverie

What am I doing? What am I living behind? Each time I relate with someone is important because the interaction I have with them could change me or them in a way we may not be aware of.

Thinking through.

Letting go. The"cargo" I've been hanging on to that has been bringing unnecessary pressure.

Plaisir d'Amour. The joys and pains of love.

Video Credit: 
Plaisir d'Amour - Main theme from the film "Man, Woman and Child."  YouTube, uploaded by Francisco Lopez. Accessed July 21, 2018.  (Film sountrack composed by George Delerue)

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Tchaikovsky Melody Gems

Listening Pleasures & Reveries

Sometimes our struggles with circumstances take their toll on us, the barriers that get in the way... including relationships, decisions to make, and health issues. They push us to behaviours not of our liking ...  What then?

To let go and back off,  to not be thwarted by people or by situation.  I'm grateful for music that appeases. You're right, Piotr.

“Truly there would be reason to go mad were it not for music.” ... Tchaikovsky

Above is Tchaikovsky's "Serenade Melancolique, Op26" played by Itzhak Perlman.
YouTube, uploaded by ballettheatre. Accessed August 7, 2018.   

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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.)

(c) 2018.  Tel Asiado.  Leaves from my Musings.  All rights reserved.

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). 

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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