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Gypsy regifts for Valentines Day

Inwit gave me this idea with Franck composing his Violin sonata for Eugene Ysaÿe's wedding gift. This is a theme that can be explored a few more times with a few more connections. Going into this weekend I'm highlighting musical gifts to loved ones.

Howard Hanson composed his Serende for flute, harp,and strings as his proposal to Margaret Elizabeth Nelson in 1945. The couple was married the following year. Here's a link to Brian Luce's webpage where he performs the work in full with piano instead of orchestra.

Richard Wagner wrote Siegfried Idyll for his 2nd wife - Cosima - as a birthday present after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. Umm, their personal lives weren't exactly the stuff we like to think about too much on occasions like Valentine's day, but the music is beautiful. Solti's recording with the Vienna Philharmonic is on youtube featuring a picture of the couple looking into each other's eyes.

Wolfie can't be overlooked: his "Gran Partita" (ahem, the Serenade No. 10 on B flat major, K361) was written for his wife Constanze. Mozart wrote this as a surprise gift for her after the birth of their son; maybe Wagner stole the idea later (he tended to do things like that). Here are some links to Franz Brüggen conducting the chamber work performed on period instruments by the Orchestra of the 18th Century. Worth the chase down if you can get to all movements. Start with the Largo-Molto allegro and move to the Menuetto and so on.

I generally look at Valentine's Day with apathy, but it does lend itself to this theme. Plus, it gives everyone another excuse to eat chocolate!.




"their personal lives weren't: exactly!"

Music for respiration. As opposed to inspriration (and holding one's own... breath?).

OH, Lizst, Wagner, Von Below, U-rubber-menschen/Ur-ubermenschen, original virtuosi beyond virtue (as conventionally unfractalated).


I think it may be if Wagner and Lizst were one man they would be a decent composer. Maybe even a smooth jazz legend. Alas, they were one soul halved asunder several in two or more bodies.

In the twentyfirst century maybe composers will be players will be composers again, healing the Cartesian split, the dreadful misapplication of Occam's blade. R. I. P. Waglizst.

Hey, how bout featurein g the muzak of Fred Nietzsche? His Hymnus und Fest, no Ermanerich, symphonic poem, is not bad, not evil,...

If only he had not not not Lizstened to the criticisms "von Below". If he had been more... wel, philosophical. ;)

Philosopher's Tone, I have never heard Nietzsche's music, so I'll have to get to that in a more open time. Right now I'm swamped, but will come up with something for this week and eventually when it's time to listen to Herr N.


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