Posts Tagged ‘Classical’

Chaconne in F Minor for Harpsichord!

August 12, 2017

Johann Pachelbel, best know for his Canon in D Major (and rightly so) was a prolific composer during the Middle German Baroque period.  He composed more than 200 compositions for organ, works for other keyboards (e.g., harpsichord), sacred music, and chamber music.  His exact birthdate is unknown (but it was sometime in August (ca. 1653) due to his baptism in early September), so to honor this wonderful composer during his birthday month, here is his Chaconne in F Minor for harpsichord.  Enjoy!

Peter and the Wolf!

April 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Sergei Prokofiev (1891)!  Here’s one of his more famous pieces, “Peter and the Wolf” (and one of my favorites as well).  What an entertaining piece to both hold a child’s attention while at the same time teaching about an assortment of orchestral instruments.  Enjoy!

Happy 200th Anniversary!

June 5, 2015
by Balthasar Denner

by Balthasar Denner

America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization, turned 200 this year!  Congratulations to Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society.   At the conclusion of the War of 1812, once the news reached Boston, the peace festivities included a group of musicians playing excerpts of Haydn’s The Creation,” as well as Handel’s “Messiah.”

by Thomas Hardy

by Thomas Hardy

Newspaper reporters covering the festivities wrote about the need to have access to more music from Europe . . .

The Handel and Haydn Society was officially formed on April 13, 1815  by a group of 44 amateur musicians (choral as well as instrumental).

The Society, while still reliant on donations, is in great shape financially.  Their current annual budget is around $5 million and their endowment has grown to $7.6 million.

Long live classical music!

Some Orchestral Fun!

November 21, 2014

Happy Friday! Here is a wonderful video to help bring a smile to your face as we end the work week. Rainer Hersch certainly seems to be enjoying his work. What a delight!

A Week to Celebrate!

September 22, 2014

Happy Monday!  And, since I know of several family members and friends who will be celebrating birthdays this week (and this month), here’s hoping you enjoy(ed) your special day.   This video made me smile and I hope that it does for the rest of you as well.  Happy Birthday one and all!

Happy Birthday Ludwig!

December 17, 2013

von Beethoven, that is!  Here are a couple of my favorite compositions . . . Ode to Joy (one flash mob and one modern Hollywood interpretation) and Moonlight Sonata.  Enjoy!

And, for a more “playful” version, check out this modern interpretation from the movie Sister Act II . . .

And now for the Moonlight Sonata . . .