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Gypsy's One Hit Wonders

As a flutist, I know the one hit of all one hits: Cecile Chaminade's Concertino for flute and piano. I ran across a story that she was in love with a flutist who loved and married another. Apparently, Chaminade wrote this as his wedding present. The funny thing is, Ms. Chaminade was an extremely popular composer in her day, with the most fan clubs across the globe. Income for her compositions was 2nd only to Scott Joplin. However, she was popular because she wrote scads of parlor music; even the Concertino falls into this category. Still, flutists love this stuff, and the audiences concur. Youtube is James Galway; CD is Laurel Zucker.

You gotta love Paul Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice. I'm sure he's written a few other good pieces, but I'm not interested enough to look them up. Sometimes it's best to let sleeping dogs lie.* I just had to link to the original Fantasia on Youtube. The CD features Yuri Temirkanov with St. Petersburg. Bassoonists of the world, unite!

Lastly, I chose Mikhail Mikaylovich Ippolitov-Ivanov's Procession of the Sardar from Caucasian Sketches. Most orchestras don't even both playing the remainder of the sketches, just the procession. The composer didn't have a huge output, but this piece gives piccoloists and bassoonists a reason to live. Philly on Youtube (eventhough it's written in Portuguese on the site) and Zinman conducting Baltimore on Amazon. Zaphod, is this closer than Bolero to a piece that you're looking for? I have to keep thinking about something comparable to Mars, but also something that can stand alone.

Thanks to Brian Donohoe for the suggestion. I'm trying something new: linking to acceptable youtube links as well as to good recordings on amazon. I can't guarantee that this will always occur based on my schedule, but today, I'm in procrastination mode, so I hope you like it.

*will there be hate mail from the Dukas lovers?



Best wedding present from a composer has to be Franck's Violin Sonata in A major, written for the violinist Eugene Ysaÿe. Here is Yehudi Menuhin playing the last movement (YouTube).

Also, if you live in the Pasadena/Los Angeles area, you might be interested in the following free concert of chamber music this Sunday (January 31).. The program includes Mendelssohn's Op. 80 String Quartet and Mozart's "Kegelstatt" Trio, among many others.

Hmm - gives me another topic to work with. I just wish flute players would stop playing the transcription - it does. not. work. The Franck is best on violin and works on cello, though.

The program looks interesting. I guess I thought CalTech had a music major; the students could easily make their way at my school. I hope it goes well. (2 intermissions??)


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