Results tagged “Samuel Barber” from onegoodmove

Gypsy's 3 nice surprises

So I had this idea for a theme and it did not work out. It's way easier just to give you recommendations for 3 pieces that grabbed my attention and/or inspired me in some way. Have a great weekend!

Antonín Dvořak The Golden Spinning Wheel performed by the Czech Philharmonic led by Jiří Bělohlávek. When I heard this on the radio a few years back, I had to have this piece. This piece is on youtube in 3 parts; here's pt. 1; you can go on from there.

Gustav Holst The Planets; my recording is Sir Adrian Boult conducting the London Phil (not sure if the one on Amazon is the same, remastered, or what, but the cover art is cooler). When I was a student at Eastern Music Festival, the faculty orchestra performed this and I knew that music performance was the way I wanted to go. Sometimes I wonder if this experience turned out OK! (basically - yes it did). I'm connecting you to Venus because that's the movement when the crazy, half-baked revelation came to me.

Samuel Barber Piano Concerto, Op. 38, performed by John Browning (for whom it was written) and the St. Louis Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. I played in the orchestra while an undergrad for one of the concerto competition winners. Man, that was a lonnnng time ago. I think this live recording of Anny Hwang at the keyboard is great place to start.

Musical Tour

Stuck for a theme idea this week due to a tour, so I'm following my nose to the music-->

Tui St. George Tucker: Second Piano Sonata (Peyote). She was best know for her recorder work and for microtonal compositions. The "Peyote" sonata is written for standard piano (no re-tuning). If you are curious about the microtonal music (compositions employing pitches that are between the standard "Do Re Mi" to which we westerners are accustomed), check out samples from this compilation CD.

Samuel Barber: Knoxville Summer of 1915. This particular CD has all vocal works on it; Barber has some great orchestral and chamber music that I'll have to feature later.

3: John Philip Sousa King Cotton, named after an old hotel (just in case you're wondering).