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Great Compositions/Performances: Schumann Kinderszenen Op 15 – Valentina Lisitsa


Schumann Kinderszenen Op 15 – Valentina Lisitsa Haskil Argerich Horowitz Bosendorfer

 

First edition title page

Kinderszenen (German pronunciation: [ˈkɪndɐˌst͡seːnən]; original spelling Kinderscenen, “Scenes from Childhood“), Opus 15, by Robert Schumann, is a set of thirteen pieces of music for piano written in 1838. In this work, Schumann provides us with his adult reminiscences of childhood. Schumann had originally written 30 movements for this work, but chose 13 for the final version.[1] Robert Polansky has discussed the unused movements.[2]

Nr. 7, Träumerei, is one of Schumann’s best known pieces; it was the title of a 1944 German biographical film on Robert Schumann.[3] Träumerei is also the opening and closing musical theme in the 1947 Hollywood film Song of Love, starring Katharine Hepburn as Clara Wieck Schumann.[4]

Schumann had originally labeled this work Leichte Stücke (Easy Pieces). Likewise, the section titles were only added after the completion of the music, and Schumann described the titles as “nothing more than delicate hints for execution and interpretation”.[5] Timothy Taylor has discussed Schumann’s choice of titles for this work in the context of the changing situation of music in 19th century culture and economics.[6]

In 1974, Eric Sams noted that there was no known complete manuscript of Kinderszenen

Movements
Title Key Play
1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
Of Foreign Lands and Peoples
G major
 
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2. Kuriose Geschichte
A Curious Story
[8]
D major
 
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3. Hasche-Mann
Blind Man’s Bluff
B minor
 
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4. Bittendes Kind
Pleading Child
D major
 
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5. Glückes genug
Happy Enough
D major
 
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6. Wichtige Begebenheit
An Important Event
A major
 
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7. Träumerei
Dreaming
F major
 
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8. Am Kamin
At the Fireside
[9]
F major
 
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9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
Knight of the Hobbyhorse
C major
 
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10. Fast zu ernst
Almost Too Serious
G-sharp minor
 
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11. Fürchtenmachen
Frightening
E minor
 
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12. Kind im Einschlummern
Child Falling Asleep
E minor
 
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13. Der Dichter spricht
The Poet Speaks
G major
 
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GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES:Schubert Impromptu op. 142 No.3 B flat major


Schubert Impromptu op. 142 No.3 B flat major – VALENTINA LISITSA

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MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Antonín Dvořák – My Home Overture, Op. 62


Antonín DvořákMy Home Overture, Op. 62

Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar

 

My Home (Czech: Domov můj, předehra ke hře F. F. Šamberka), Op. 62, B. 125a, is an overture in C major by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák.[1] The overture was composed from December 1881 to January 23, 1882 as one of nine numbers comprising the incidental music for the play Josef Kajetán Tyl by František Ferdinand Šamberk. Dvořák constructed the music in sonata form on two song themes associated with the play’s protagonist, Czech dramatist Josef Kajetán Tyl: “Kde domov můj?” by František Škroup, and the folk tune “Na tom našem dvoře”.[2] Škroup composed “Kde domov můj?” (Where is my home?) in 1834 to a text written by Tyl. The song quickly became popular and was later designated as the Czech national anthem. “Na tom našem dvoře” was a song sung in productions of Strakonický dudák (The Bagpiper of Strakonice), one of Tyl’s most popular plays.[3] The overture is largely performed separately as a concert work, usually lasting about ten minutes.[2] Many conductors have conducted this piece including Jan Kučera, Bohumil Gregor and Karel Ančerl.

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GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES: ROBERT SCHUMANN – INTRODUCTION UND ALLEGRO APPASSIONATO OP. 92 – SVIATOSLAV RICHTER


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ROBERT SCHUMANN – INTRODUCTION UND ALLEGRO APPASSIONATO OP. 92 – SVIATOSLAV RICHTER

Robert Schumann

Introduction und Allegro appassionato
[Konzertstück für Klavier und Orchester G Dur op. 92]

Sviatoslav Richter, Klavier

Sinfonie-Orchester der Nationalen Philharmonie Warschau -
Stanislaw Wislocki, Leitung

1959

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EUZICASA: 200 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES HAVE VISITED THIS SITE! THANKS TO EVERYONE OF MY VISITORS!


EUZICASA - 200 DIFFERENT COUNTRIE HAVE VISITED THIS SITE

EUZICASA: 200 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES HAVE VISITED THIS SITE! MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE OF MY VISITORS!

 

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HISTORIC PERFORMANCES: Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No.1 Op.33 In A Minor – Jacqueline Du pré


 

Camille Saint-Saëns composed his Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 in 1872, when the composer was 37 years old. He wrote this work for the Belgian cellist, viola de gamba player and instrument maker Auguste Tolbecque. Tolbecque was part of a distinguished family of musicians closely associated with the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, France’s leading concert society. The concerto was first performed on January 19, 1873 at a conservatoire concert with Tolbecque as soloist. This was considered a mark of Saint-Saëns’ growing acceptance by the French musical establishment.

Sir Donald Francis Tovey later wrote “Here, for once, is a violoncello concerto in which the solo instrument displays every register without the slightest difficulty in penetrating the orchestra.” Many composers, including Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff, considered this concerto to be the greatest of all cello concertos.

The work can be split into three different sections as follows:

  1. Allegro non troppo
    The concerto begins unusually. Instead of the traditional orchestral introduction, the piece begins with one short chord from the orchestra. The cello follows, stating the main motif. Soon, countermelodies flow from both the orchestra and soloist, at times the two playfully “calling and answering” each other.
  2. Allegretto con moto
    This turbulent opening movement leads into a brief but highly original minuet, in which the strings are muted, and which contains a cello cadenza.
  3. Tempo primo
    A restatement of the opening material from the first movement opens the finale. While Saint-Saëns uses the finale mainly as a recapitulation of earlier material, he concludes it with the introduction of an entirely new idea for the cello.

Saint-Saëns very often uses the solo cello here as a declamatory instrument. This keeps the soloist in the dramatic and musical foreground, the orchestra offering a shimmering backdrop. The music is tremendously demanding for soloists, especially in the fast third section. This difficulty has not stopped the concerto from becoming a favourite of the great virtuoso cellists.

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GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES: Janos Starker plays Brahms Cello sonata no 1 in E minor op 38


Cello : Janos Starker
Piano :Gyorgy Sebok
recorded in Paris 1959
I Allegro non troppo 0:00
II Allegretto quasi menuetto 13:35
III Allegro 19:09

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GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES: Beethoven – String Quartet No.6 in B flat major, Op.18 – Végh Quartet – 1952


Beethoven – String Quartet No.6 in B flat major, Op.18:
Végh Quartet – 1952

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Early String Quartets, Opus 18
String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major, Op. 18, No. 6
(Streichquartett Nr. 6 in B-dur, Op. 18, Nr. 6)

I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Scherzo. Allegro
IV. La Malinconia. Adagio – Allegretto quasi Allegro

Végh Quartet
Sándor Végh, 1st violin
Sándor Zöldy, 2nd violin
Georges Janzer, viola
Paul Szabo, violoncello

(The 1952 Haydn Society Recordings)

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Ludwig van Beethoven‘s String Quartet No. 6 in B major was published in 1801 as opus 18, no. 6, and was written between 1798 and 1800.

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MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Concerto for Oboe in B flat major, (Wq.164)


Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Concerto for Oboe in B flat major, (Wq.164)

Álbum: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Oboe Concertos
Interpretes del álbum: Anna Starr, Joaquim Guerra Codina, Jörn Boysen & Musica Poetica
Compositor: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Año: 2012
Genero: Barroco Alemán
Movimientos: Allegretto-Largo e Mesto con Sordini-Allegro Moderato

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Saint of the Day May 19: St. Celestine


Saint of the Day

May 19 Saint of the DaySt. Celestine
May 19: When the father of this Italian saint died, his good mother … Read More


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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday


Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday

Often referred to as the “father of modern Vietnam,” Ho Chi Minh spearheaded the Vietnamese revolt against French and Japanese occupation. In 1954, after the French and Japanese left, the United States entered the scene, and it was during this struggle that Ho Chi Minh died in 1969. In 1975, North and South Vietnam united into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. On Ho Chi Minh’s birthday each year, people hold parades in cities, carrying posters depicting him. Many women wear the áo dài, traditional Vietnamese dress. Speeches about Ho Chi Minh often follow the parades. More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Arthur Conan Doyle


Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Ho Chi Minh (1890)


Ho Chi Minh (1890)

Ho was a Vietnamese nationalist leader, president of North Vietnam, and one of the most influential political leaders of the 20th century. Near the end of World War I, he went to France and became a founding member of the French Communist Party. He studied revolutionary tactics in Moscow and organized revolutionaries in Indochina. During World War II, Ho returned to Vietnam and declared it a republic. Why was news of his death in 1969 initially withheld from the North Vietnamese people? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: Anne Boleyn Beheaded for Adultery (1536)


Anne Boleyn Beheaded for Adultery (1536)

Boleyn was the second queen consort of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. Anne’s marriage to Henry was a key part of the English Reformation. Henry had divorced his first wife to marry Anne, whom he hoped would produce a male heir. When she did not, she was brought to trial on charges of adultery and incest. Under great pressure, a court headed by her uncle—the Duke of Norfolk—condemned her, and she was beheaded. According to one account, what did her executioner do before beheading her? More… Discuss

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Integrity at Its Finest


Integrity at Its Finest

Sometimes, people are good, and it warms the cockles of our hearts. Imagine, if you will, finding $41,000 cash in a used couch you purchased for $20 from a thrift shop. If you kept the money, no one would be the wiser, and it would make balancing your checkbook a lot less stressful. But would it eat away at your conscience? For three young three New Yorkers who recently found themselves in precisely this position, the answer to that question was “yes.” So, instead of reveling in their newfound wealth, they tracked down the previous owner—an elderly widow, as it turned out—to return what was her life savings. More… Discuss

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ARTICLE: Dyslexia


Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a developmental disability that inhibits recognition and processing of graphic symbols, particularly those pertaining to language. The condition is often diagnosed in childhood, as the symptoms—trouble reading, reversing words and letters, writing illegibly—become evident in the classroom. To a dyslexic, d may be seen as b or was as saw. Though dyslexia‘s underlying cause is unknown, it appears to be heritable to some degree. When was it first identified? More… Discuss

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WORD: chagrin


chagrin 

Definition: (noun) A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event.
Synonyms: mortification, humiliation
Usage: Much to my chagrin, my rival won the election hands down. Discuss.
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Haiku: Ant, Poetic thought by George-B


Haiku: Ant, Poetic thought by George-B

Innocent in fall
Water droplet rushes down
Engulfing the ant

ant

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Shocking 10 Foods Americans Eat that are BANNED in Other Countries! – NaturalON – Natural Health News and Discoveries


 

Shocking 10 Foods Americans Eat that are BANNED in Other Countries! – NaturalON – Natural Health News and Discoveries.

16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day – NaturalON – Natural Health News and Discoveries – Page 4


 

16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every Day – NaturalON – Natural Health News and Discoveries – Page 4.