Sunday musical offering

April 11, 2021

Musical offering for Easter Sunday

April 4, 2021

Musical offering for Good Friday

April 2, 2021

Happy birthday, Joseph

March 31, 2021

In honor of the birthday of Franz Joseph Haydn ((1732-1809), here is “Achieved Is the Glorious Work” from The Creation.

Sunday musical offering

March 28, 2021

Happy Passover

March 27, 2021

It’s been a long cold lonely winter

March 23, 2021

Happy birthday, Johann

March 21, 2021

In honor of the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), here is the Gigue from the French Suite No. 5, BWV816.

Happy birthday, Modest

March 21, 2021

In honor of the birthday of Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881), here is “Gopak” from the opera Sorochinsky Fair, arranged for string quartet.

Happy birthday, Nikolai

March 18, 2021

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) composed the music for The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of his Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan in 1899-1900. The libretto was based on a poem with the same unwieldy title by Aleksandr Pushkin. The plot involves a rather gullible tsar, his wife the tsarina, her two jealous and vengeful sisters, an enchantress bent on breaking up the tsar’s marriage, a magical squirrel, a swan who is really a princess in disguise, and a homesick prince whom the swan magically transforms into a bumblebee so he can go pay a little visit to his estranged father. One can’t help wondering if Nikolai Andreyevich had any inkling that the brief orchestral interlude evoking the bumblebee’s flight would become one of his greatest hits. Here it is in its piano version, played by Yuja Wang.

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