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Victor Borge (Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms, F
Victor Borge (Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms, F Victor Borge is an enigma for me. Though many would consider him to be simply a clown, albeit a clown spoofing classical music, some of his work is, to say the least, strikingly acute and tantalizingly interesting. The present piece is proof of this. The variations form is well-known and appears in virtually any classical music period. It would seem almost impossible to do anything new with the form but Borge proves us wrong by adopting a very unusual approach. He chooses a painstakingly well-known theme, here - "Happy birthday to you", and sets about to create variations to it. But it is only the top of the iceberg: each variation is, effectually, the way a certain composer would write the theme itself. All in all, there are eleven variations of very different composers: we start by passing through Bach and Mozart and finish with Irving and some modern composer whose name I do not know (and Borge's hilarious pronunciation does not help :P). Some of these variations are preceded by a snatch on the composer's original work from which Borge then proceeds to develop the variation. Moreover, some of his variations are rather charming (Brahms or Bach (in spite of a ridiculously humorous long descending line repeated two times)) or even, dare I say it, moving (Beethoven, in spite of some goofing on Borge's part, gets one of the better treatments). I've marked the movements in the video itself but you can also check the title which includes all composers presented in the order ...
Jackie Evancho Sings Nessun Dorma on This Morning TV
Jackie Evancho Sings Nessun Dorma on This Morning TV Great quality Video. Jackie Evancho appearing and singing live on This Morning TV in th UK on the 6th June 2011. Marie "Jackie" Evancho (pronounced /iːˈvæŋkoʊ/ ee-vang-koh; born April 9, 2000) is an American singer. She gained popularity after performing in the fifth season of America's Got Talent, coming in second place. Evancho sings in the classical crossover style of singers such as Sarah Brightman and Charlotte Church. She plays the violin and piano, and sings opera. Jackie was accepted as a contestant on the fifth season of the America's Got Talent TV show by placing first in a YouTube competition sponsored by the television show. On August 10, 2010, Evancho performed "O mio babbino caro" by Giacomo Puccini. The aria is also on her debut album. She received a standing ovation after her performance, and she was awarded a trip to Universal Studios Florida for receiving the most fan votes from the submissions to the show from YouTube. However, after Evancho's performance, there were online accusations that her performance had been lip-synched. One judge, Howie Mandel, requested that Evancho sing a random voice exercise on the next evening's live show as proof that it was her voice that was heard. On that episode, it was also revealed that she had advanced to the semifinal round. Her semifinal performance was Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman's "Time To Say Goodbye". She advanced to the Top 10, where she performed "Pie Jesu" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and was voted into ...
Gaetano Donizetti - Il campanello di notte (1836) - Cavatina for Ann
Gaetano Donizetti - Il campanello di notte (1836) - Cavatina for Ann "Il campanello di notte" (or "The Night Bell"), one of Donizetti's smaller, least known works, is a part of a series of one act operas that the composer produced on the peak of his popularity. The opera was composed for Naples, about nine months after the great success of "Lucia di Lammermoor" at il Teatro San Carlo, and presented at il Teatro Nuovo on the 6th of June, 1836. The farse, in three words, light, characterful, delightful, is proof of Donizetti's prowess in the comical genre. The narrative is simple: Don Annibale Pistacchio, a pharmacist from Naples, is celebrating his future marriage with Serafina, a beautiful girl, younger than her groom by quite a number of years. Annibale, however, is nervous about leaving his bride the next morning to travel to Rome, so he is in a hurry to consummate his marriage with the girl. He is confronted by Enrico, cousin and Serafina's former lover in a series of ridiculous night calls (which Annibale is forced to answer by law) that keep Annibale from even entering the bridal chambers and, finally, leaving Serafina to Enrico, the man she truly loves. All this is presented in some of Donizetti's most humorous numbers, one of which is presented here. The piece is actually Annibale's joyous cavatina, one of my favorites among all of Donizetti's buffo pieces, as he celebrates his future happiness with Serafina. The aria is divided into two parts: a parlando cantabile, set to an ABA structure, as the bass praises the beauty and the ...
Gioachino Rossini - L'italiana in Algeri - "Cruda sorte! Amor tira
Gioachino Rossini - L'italiana in Algeri - "Cruda sorte! Amor tira Out of all Rossini's comic heroines, Isabella would have to be the most assertive, the most charming creation. While other heroines, with possible exception of Matilde, are still characterized by their femininity and they are still very much controlled by the men around them, Isabella is the one who does most of the controlling, making her a most powerful presence in the list of Rossini's heroines. Even her short cavatina is proof to this. Written as a simple succession of cantabile - tempo di mezzo - cabaletta, the piece is so vivacious and so perfect in describing the heroine, that the brevity of it only highlights its' dramatic opportunities. Starting with a furious call of woman who isn't used to being captured by anyone, the cavatina then mellows down as Isabella remembers Lindoro. But the woman soon throws any languishing thoughts to the wind, she is Isabella, after all. Her cabaletta is given to a list of Isabella's womanly weapons, ranging from a sigh to a storm. Teresa Berganza is, perhaps, not the classical tomboyish Isabella we are accustomed to, but her gentle singing and elegant manner are just as welcome. Enjoy :)!
Monn - Cello Concerto in G Minor - Mov. 2/3
Monn - Cello Concerto in G Minor - Mov. 2/3 GEORG MATTHIAS MONN (1717-1750) Concerto for cello, strings and basso continuo in G minor 2. Adagio Performed by the Freiburger Barockorchester Featuring Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello Conducted by Petra Mullejans *Georg Matthias Monn was an Austrian composer, organist and music teacher whose works were fashioned in the transition from the Baroque to Classical period in music. Together with Georg Christoph Wagenseil and Josef Starzer, Monn formed the Viennese Pre-Classical movement (Wiener Vorklassik in German), whose composers are nowadays mostly known only by their names. However, his successful introduction of the secondary theme in the symphony was an important condition for the First Viennese School that would come some fifty years later. We know much less about Monn's life than about his musical ideas. Only his appointments as an organist are known, at first in Klosterneuburg near Vienna. Afterwards, he was appointed in the same function in Melk in Lower Austria and at the Karlskirche in Vienna's district Wieden. Monn died from tuberculosis when he was only 33 years old. Monn's brother Johann Christoph Mann (never Monn, 1726?-82) was also a composer whose works have been confused at times with those of Georg Matthias Monn. The reason for this is that most of Monn's compositions only survive in copies from the 1780s and could therefore also be the works of his younger brother. We still have absolutely no proof that the Johann Georg Mann born in 1717 is the same person as ...
Monn - Cello Concerto in G Minor - Mov. 3/3
Monn - Cello Concerto in G Minor - Mov. 3/3 GEORG MATTHIAS MONN (1717-1750) Concerto for cello, strings and basso continuo in G minor 3. Allegro non tanto Performed by the Freiburger Barockorchester Featuring Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello Conducted by Petra Mullejans *Georg Matthias Monn was an Austrian composer, organist and music teacher whose works were fashioned in the transition from the Baroque to Classical period in music. Together with Georg Christoph Wagenseil and Josef Starzer, Monn formed the Viennese Pre-Classical movement (Wiener Vorklassik in German), whose composers are nowadays mostly known only by their names. However, his successful introduction of the secondary theme in the symphony was an important condition for the First Viennese School that would come some fifty years later. We know much less about Monn's life than about his musical ideas. Only his appointments as an organist are known, at first in Klosterneuburg near Vienna. Afterwards, he was appointed in the same function in Melk in Lower Austria and at the Karlskirche in Vienna's district Wieden. Monn died from tuberculosis when he was only 33 years old. Monn's brother Johann Christoph Mann (never Monn, 1726?-82) was also a composer whose works have been confused at times with those of Georg Matthias Monn. The reason for this is that most of Monn's compositions only survive in copies from the 1780s and could therefore also be the works of his younger brother. We still have absolutely no proof that the Johann Georg Mann born in 1717 is the ...
Zdenek Fibich: Poeme
Zdenek Fibich: Poeme Poeme by Zdenek Fibich. I recorded this piece because most of my friends know i play piano but have never heard me play. Here's the proof! Thanks to Rick for introducing me to this lovely piece.
Monn - Cello Concerto in G Minor - Mov. 1/3
Monn - Cello Concerto in G Minor - Mov. 1/3 GEORG MATTHIAS MONN (1717-1750) Concerto for cello, strings and basso continuo in G minor 1. Allegro moderato Performed by the Freiburger Barockorchester Featuring Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello Conducted by Petra Mullejans *Georg Matthias Monn was an Austrian composer, organist and music teacher whose works were fashioned in the transition from the Baroque to Classical period in music. Together with Georg Christoph Wagenseil and Josef Starzer, Monn formed the Viennese Pre-Classical movement (Wiener Vorklassik in German), whose composers are nowadays mostly known only by their names. However, his successful introduction of the secondary theme in the symphony was an important condition for the First Viennese School that would come some fifty years later. We know much less about Monn's life than about his musical ideas. Only his appointments as an organist are known, at first in Klosterneuburg near Vienna. Afterwards, he was appointed in the same function in Melk in Lower Austria and at the Karlskirche in Vienna's district Wieden. Monn died from tuberculosis when he was only 33 years old. Monn's brother Johann Christoph Mann (never Monn, 1726?-82) was also a composer whose works have been confused at times with those of Georg Matthias Monn. The reason for this is that most of Monn's compositions only survive in copies from the 1780s and could therefore also be the works of his younger brother. We still have absolutely no proof that the Johann Georg Mann born in 1717 is the same ...
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