Prière in F Major, Op. 16 (Arr. for Classical Accordion & Piano)

The accordion is not a musical instrument I automatically associate with classical music, though I did hear a concerto for accordion and orchestra back in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Canadian composer and accordionist Jim Hiscott (b. 1948) wrote the concerto and played the solo part, accompanied by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. It wasContinue reading “Prière in F Major, Op. 16 (Arr. for Classical Accordion & Piano)”

Sicilienne, Op. 78 (Arr. for Flute and Guitar)

In 1892, a theatre manager in Paris, France, asked French organist, pianist, composer and conductor Charles-Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) to write incidental music for the production of a play by the French poet, actor and playwright Jean-Baptiste Polequin (aka Moliere, 1622-1673).  Articles on Wikipedia tell that Saint-Saens was too busy to take on the proposition. HeContinue reading “Sicilienne, Op. 78 (Arr. for Flute and Guitar)”

La carnaval des animaux, R. 125, VII: L’aquarium

The French romantic composer, pianist, organist and conductor Charles-Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) wrote Le Carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) while in a small Austrian village in 1886. The piece has 14 movements, each representing a different animal or animals. The seventh movement, “L’aquarium,” has a mystical, magical sound about it, and listening toContinue reading “La carnaval des animaux, R. 125, VII: L’aquarium”