Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 7 in F Major: Träumerei

Many recognize the German pianist, composer and music critic Robert Schumann (1810-1856) as one of the greatest composers of the classical romantic era.  However, Schumann’s short life was one of considerable difficulty. He suffered from mental health issues that plagued him at times, as early as 1833. His love for pianist, composer and teacher ClaraContinue reading “Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 7 in F Major: Träumerei”

Les Enfants Terribles, VI: Terrible Interlude

That’s quite a title, isn’t it? I promise, the piece is far from terrible… Today, I’m featuring a relatively new release I found today on the Deutsche Grammophon YouTube channel, played by the French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque. “Terrible Interlude” comes from an 11-part suite for piano duet, Les Enfants Terribles. The workContinue reading “Les Enfants Terribles, VI: Terrible Interlude”

Trois Gymnopédies: No. 1, Lent et douloureux

I don’t know much about the music of French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925). But there’s one work of his I am quite familiar with, The Gymnopédies or Trois Gymnopédies, a set of three piano pieces he completed in 1888.  Many of you may know the Gymnopédies: No. 1, and if you don’t think so, listen;Continue reading “Trois Gymnopédies: No. 1, Lent et douloureux”

Your Silent Face

“Rise and fall of shameA search that shall remainWe asked you what you’d seenYou said you didn’t care” (from “Your Silent Face,” by Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris) The album Power, Corruption & Lies (1983) was the second release by New Order, an English rock band formed in 1980. The group wasContinue reading “Your Silent Face”

Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (Barcarolle)

Today, I was surfing around the web, looking for a classical music piece to share. I found a long operatic aria, but it was a bit too over the top for my taste. I then want back to my old standby for classical music, Deutsche Grammophon. Their YouTube channel is so tidy and organized, andContinue reading “Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (Barcarolle)”

Elevator to Heaven

Neither any of my siblings nor I have musical talent. It wasn’t something any of us learned as children, though we all share a deep love for music, and that certainly was something influenced by our parents, and later by friends and the bands we grew up listening to and sharing as a family; somethingContinue reading “Elevator to Heaven”

Raconte-moi Une Histoire

I woke up feeling optimistic this morning. Then, my consciousness was flooded by various conflicts or challenges and the general feeling of missing being free to be near all those I care about deeply. ‘Tis the season… or year. Fortunately, John Richards was back at the helm this morning for KEXP Seattle’s The Morning ShowContinue reading “Raconte-moi Une Histoire”

Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488, II: Adagio

It was a long day of online Christmas shopping yesterday. No hassles with crowds and parking, but many different websites, all with very different, sometimes confusing online experiences and slow responses from my computer, the Internet, and or websites; it was good to complete all that, hours later. Then I relaxed, listening to an archivedContinue reading “Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488, II: Adagio”

Cinnabar

This morning during a chat with a friend from Atlantic Canada, we both recalled fun times we’d had at beaches in our respective provinces this past summer. That has caused me to think about vacation travel. Today, the stairs and sidewalks outside the house were all covered with slick ice. It would be a greatContinue reading “Cinnabar”

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Today I did another “thing” on the bike. Not a long distance outdoors, like the 100 kilometres (60 miles) I cycled on September 18, but inside, on the trainer. I rode one of the most challenging climbs on the smart trainer platform, Zwift, the Alpe du Zwift, a virtual course designed through GPS data toContinue reading “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

French Countryside

This past weekend, while listening to Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour on BBC Sounds, I heard this song by Jehnny Beth. I’d never heard her before, and it seemed a good fit for the hot summer, slow moving mode I’ve been in for the past couple of days. The song also made me think of theContinue reading “French Countryside”

Dance of the Blessed Spirits

I set off to YouTube to find a classical piece to share with you today. After dismissing some sappy movie soundtrack excerpts, I searched further and then cruised through the suggested videos.   Today’s selection caught my attention with the intriguing title, “Dance of the Blessed Spirits.” It comes from Act II of the opera, OrfeoContinue reading “Dance of the Blessed Spirits”