Posts Tagged ‘Composer’

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!

A Dynamic Duo!

June 10, 2015

No, I’m not talking about Batman and Robin, but rather Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (Fritz).  This duo of songwriter (Loewe) and lyricist (Lerner) collaborated on eight plays as well as six films (or film adaptations).  Most notably: Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Gigi (all of which were produced on the screen as well as the stage). My Fair Lady is by far my favorite.

I’m a sucker for musicals, and these two were among the best of their time (along with the duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein who had the following Broadway hits: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music).  In honor of Fritz’s birthday (today), here are a couple of clips of the Kennedy Center Honors from 1985, a tribute to Lerner and Loewe (Lerner would die three months following this tribute and Loewe three years later).

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 . . .

Canon de Chelly!

May 26, 2013

How about a little Bacon today?  Ernst Bacon, that is, the American composer, pianist, and conductor.  He composed more than 250 songs over the course of his career.  Bacon was also the recipient of numerous awards including the Bispham Award, commissions from the Ditson Fund and the League of Composers, a Pulitzer Traveling Scholarship in Music, three Guggenheim Fellowships, and grants from the National Institute of Arts and Letters; the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Here is a link to the piano music of Ernst Bacon.  Or for additional information, here is a link to the Ernst Bacon Society.

Happy Birthday Ernst!  Here is one of his piano solos “Canon de Chelly” (the artwork is not too bad either).

Rumor Has It . . . !

May 12, 2012

. . . that I am distantly related to Jules (Emile-Frederic) Massenet (on my mother’s side of the family).  And while the 100th anniversary of his death is coming up in August (13th), I think it is much better to celebrate his birth (back in 1842).  Enjoy!

So Happy Birthday Jules.  Here’s a wonderful interpretation of Massenet’s “Meditation” from Thais (violin played by Maxim Vengerov).