SUMMERTIME (GEORGE GERSHWIN) RAY CHARLES & CLEO LAINE "Summertime" is the name of an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward. The song soon became a popular jazz standard. Gershwin began composing the song in December 1933, attempting to create his own spiritual in the style of the African American folk music of the period. Dame Cleo Laine, Lady Dankworth, DBE (born 28 October 1927, London, England) is an British jazz singer and an actress, noted for her scat singing and vocal range. She is the only female performer to have received Grammy nominations in the jazz, popular and classical music categories. Laine is the widow of jazz composer Sir John Dankworth. . Summertime, And the livin' is easy Fish are jumpin' And the cotton is high Your daddy's rich And your mamma's good lookin' So hush little baby Don't you cry One of these mornings You're going to rise up singing Then you'll spread your wings And you'll take to the sky But till that morning There's a'nothing can harm you With daddy and mamma standing by Summertime, And the livin' is easy Fish are jumpin' And the cotton is high Your daddy's rich And your mamma's good lookin' So hush little baby Don't you cry
Franz Shubert - Ave Maria ( played on theremin by Anna Sójkowska )
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Summertime - Piano Improvisation
Summertime - Piano Improvisation at the moment I live in Germany and here the summer is nearly always much humid one (RAIN), I hatred this type of summer and I have tried this my version of "Summertime" what mean's for me this 2007 German much rain summer. Many of his compositions have been used on television and in numerous films, and many became jazz standards. The jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald recorded many of the Gershwins' songs on her 1959 Gershwin Songbook (arranged by Nelson Riddle). Countless singers and musicians have recorded Gershwin songs, including Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Al Jolson, Bobby Darin, Art Tatum, Bing Crosby, Janis Joplin, John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Madonna, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Marni Nixon, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Nina Simone, Maureen McGovern, John Fahey, The Residents, Sublime, and Sting. About the composer: George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist whose early death brought to a premature halt one of the most remarkable careers in American music. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are universally familiar. He wrote most of his vocal and theatrical works in collaboration with his elder brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin. George Gershwin composed music for both Broadway and the classical concert hall, as well as popular songs that brought his work to an even wider public. Gershwin's compositions have been used in numerous films and on television, and many became jazz standards recorded in numerous variations. Countless singers and musicians have recorded Gershwin songs. Early life Gershwin was named Jacob Gershowitz at birth in Brooklyn on September 26, 1898. His parents were Russian Jews. His father, Morris (Moishe) Gershowitz, changed his family name to 'Gershvin' sometime after immigrating to the United States from St. Petersburg, Russia in the early 1890s. Gershwin's mother Rosa Bruskin had already immigrated from Russia. She met Gershowitz in New York and they married on July 21, 1895.[1] (George changed the spelling of the family name to 'Gershwin' after he became a professional musician; other members of his family followed suit.) George Gershwin was the second of four children.[2] He first displayed interest in music at the age of ten, when he was intrigued by what he heard at his friend Maxie Rosenzweig's violin recital.[3] The sound and the way his friend played captured him. His parents had bought a piano for lessons for his older brother Ira, but to his parents' surprise and Ira's relief, it was George who played it.[4] Although his younger sister Frances Gershwin was the first in the family to make money from her musical talents, she married young and devoted herself to being a mother and housewife. She gave up her performing career, but settled into painting for another creative outlet — painting was also a hobby of George Gershwin. Gershwin tried various piano teachers for two years, and then was introduced to Charles Hambitzer by Jack Miller, the pianist in the Beethoven Symphony Orchestra. Until Hambitzer's death in 1918, he acted as Gershwin's mentor. Hambitzer taught Gershwin conventional piano technique, introduced him to music of the European classical tradition, and encouraged him to attend orchestra concerts.[5] (At home following such concerts, young Gershwin would attempt to reproduce at the piano the music that he had heard.) Gershwin later studied with classical composer Rubin Goldmark and avant-garde composer-theorist Henry Cowell.
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Timbre Russian Accordion Group (Русский тембр) K.Weil - Mekki-Messer The Timbre Russian Accordion Group was founded in Moscow in the year 1982 by Valeri Somorov. There where five musicians in the Group until today: Paul Zaitsev, Viacheslav Stoma, Aleksej Kochurov, Michail Dmitrokopulo, Viacheslav Kuzminskiy (art.director of the group). In the ensemble are only promovated solists. This is the only professional group in Russia, which plays the unique instruments made by the Russian Engineer Nikolai Kosorukov and called timbre accordions. Those instruments dont have any analogues in the world. Their sound quality resembles closely that of symphonic orchestra wind instruments made of brass or wood. So they were called Oboe, Clarinet, French horn and Tuba. The traditional multitimbral accordion is also used in the Group. Included in the repertoire of the Group are works of Russian and foreign classical compositions, folk songs from all over the world, Jazz and contempory music. At the present the Timbre Russian Accordion Group is the leader of all Russian accordion ensembles. It has made a lot of recordings on the radio and TV. The Group has record many CDs as well. The musicians gave Concerts in many countries of the world: Germany, Switzerland, France, Greece, Finland, Holland, Italy, Portugal and many more. They are also winners of all Russian (Moscow 1985, Tula 1986, Sverdlovsk 1990, Moscow 1997, 2007) and several foreign competitions: Grand Prix International (France 1991), Citta di Castelfidardo (Italy 1991). 19 of ...
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GF Handel - Rinaldo "Cara sposa" Andreas Scholl George Frideric Handel Rinaldo, HWV 7 "Cara sposa" Rinaldo's aria from act I, sc.7 Premiere Cast, February 24, 1711: Rinaldo: Nicolo Grimaldi, castrato Eustazio: Valentino Urbani, castrato Armida: Elisabetta Pilotti-Schiavonetti, soprano Almirena: Isabella Girardeau, soprano Goffredo: Francesca Vanini-Boschi, contralto Argante: Giuseppe Boschi, bass In this video: Andreas Scholl, countertenor Accademia Bizantina Direction: Ottavio Dantone Live performance from Festival de Musique de Dresde, 12 May, 2008 Rinaldo sings this aria after his fiancee Almirena is abducted by the sorceress Armida. "Rinaldo was first produced at the Queen's (later King's) Theatre in the Haymarket on 24 February 1711. It was Handel's first opera for London, and also the first Italian opera specifically composed for the London stage. The concept of opera as a wholly sung musical drama was still new in Britain, and through the first successful production was an English version of Giovanni Bononcini's Camilla in 1706, the popularity of Italian singers — especially the sensational castrati — swiftly established opera in the Italian language as the standard form. ... Synopsis The action is set at the time of the First Crusade (1096--99). Christian forces led by Goffredo (Godfrey of Bouillon) are laying siege to the city of Jerusalem, held by the Saracen king Argante. With Goffredo are his brother Eustazio and his daughter Almirena, who is in love with the Christian knight Rinaldo. Argante is supported ...
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