Sunday, February 17, 2013

WINTER MUSIC

Winter Words ~ Benjamin Britten

Thomas Allen, baritone, Roger Vignoles, piano

Dedicated to the sudden, tragic loss today of my dear little friend, Priscilla
May God bless her and keep her wherever she is.


Snow Scenes in Sound

Snowflakes ~ Selim Palmgren

Izumi Tateno, piano 


The Snow is Dancing ~ Claude Debussy

from The Children's Corner

Alfred Cortot, piano

8 comments:

  1. I think that, of these three, I like the "Snowflakes" the best -- perhaps because it is new to me and because it really does capture the musical feel of snow.

    We've been having quite a few snow flurries here in the D.C. area during this winter season. Yesterday we had another round of flurries as the day turned to dusk.

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  2. I suppose that I best go sit in the children's corner...

    slinks off

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  3. I never knew how much Andrew LLoyd Webber stole from DeBussy til now...

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  4. Andrew Lloyd Webber is a very gifted individual who bastardized himself, prostituted his art for money and became a miserable, lowbrow hack whose popularity reflects the degraded tastes and abysmal vulgarity of modern audiences.

    I've tried several times out of a sense of duty, but have never been able to sit through either Cats or The Phantom of the Opera.

    Debussy was very much inspired by Jazz harmonies and made subtle, sophisticated, highly-refined use of jazz chords -- a totally new sound 100 years ago. So did his contemporary Maurice Ravel, which is why casual listeners perceive a [superficial] resemblance in their music.

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  5. Serious composers do not properly "steal" from one another. Instead, they build on each other's discoveries and achievements.

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  6. Is anyone aware that two versions of The Snow is Dancing are presented on this video recorded thirty years apart, and that both are by pianist Alfred Cortot?

    The subtle difference between them are very interesting to a discerning, well-trained ear.

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  7. Frames 0:30-1:16 here.

    What pretty hair, its' worth a sontine my dear!

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