… because Bach is always good for the heart. As is cello. Here are New York Philharmonic cellists playing Bach’s Suite No. 1 for unaccompanied Cello. (No, they don’t play it together … each player takes a movement.)

Vocalise (by S. Rachmaninoff)
Played by Quarancelli, 12 quarantined members of New York City’s community of musicians

01. February 2019 · Comments Off on Start With Stravinsky · Categories: Ramble · Tags: , ,

It’s a nice way to begin a morning, I think. And a new month, as well!

Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella • Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

From the YouTube page (I love it when all the musicians are listed!)

October 28, 2018
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica

Benjamin Hoffman – principal
Jimin Lee
Kako Miura
Gabriel Maffuz-Anker
Zachary Brandon

Chiai Tajima – principal
Evan Johanson
April Paik
Wynton Grant
Alex Granger

Leo Plashinov – principal
Alice Ping
Marissa Winship

Juliette Herlin – principal
Mia Barcia-Colombo
Javier Iglesias Martin

Daniel Carson – principal
Sam Shuhan

Doug DeVries – principal
Emma McCartney

Robert Walker – principal
Laura Arganbright

Ryan Wilkins – principal
Lieza Hansen

Rachel Nierenberg – principal
Ian Petruzzi

Jonah Levy

Connor Rowe

When Symphony Silicon Valley performs The Lord of the Rings trilogy, simultaneous to the movies being shown on a huge screen, there will be 250 musicians on stage, made up of the orchestral instrumentalists, chorale members and children’s chorus.

These voices and musicians will be performing a total of 22 hours in a matter of four days. That only leaves a few hours for eating and sleeping. This becomes a marathon for each of the 100 instrumentalists, the 100 adult vocalists, and the 50 members of the children’s chorus. Not only a physical marathon, but a mental one as well.

The backdrop for the concert stage is a huge screen, 20 feet high and 48 feet wide, that will be showing the three Lord of the Rings movies in high definition.

Think of it: the sheet music alone…and this is just for the conductor…is 1200 pages, printed on 11-inch by 17-inch paper. Depending on the instrument, each musician receives several volumes of sheet music to study in advance.

… eat? Sleep? Meh … been there, done that. 😉

(The only sad thing about this is that I’ll have to cancel some students. I’m hoping some will come to the shows. Getting my students to attend concerts has been a struggle forever.)

You can read much much more here.

Here’s just a bit of the music (I wanted to be sure and post a YouTube video that looked to be legal … not an easy thing to find!)

12. March 2009 · Comments Off on Music That Makes You Dumb · Categories: Links, Ramble · Tags:

The only classical composer listed was Beethoven. And he’s at the top (for smartness … don’t worry!). But were there no other classical composers? Hmmm.

But anyway, check it out if you want. Or don’t. I won’t know the diff.

Of course the way this is done when compiling results from Facebook has some problems, as I’m sure the person who put it together knows. For instance, some people are busy trying to impress others and won’t put up their true “favorites”, as they might be embarrassing.

Gee, would I do that? Naw. But I didn’t list anything at all, since I can’t figure out what my “favorite music” is. You can see that if you visit my Facebook page, but I’m not sure you can see that if you haven’t “friended” me. And I don’t “friend” — yeah, they verbed that ‐ because I don’t like to impose and I fear rejection. I also wish they had “acquaintance” rather than “friend” there. I’m weird that way.

Ramble ramble … killing 30 minutes until I can go make my latté.