Happy birthday, Johannes and Peter

May 7, 2020

In honor of the birthday of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), here are a couple of their greatest hits, performed by St. Luke’s Bottle Band.

Friday happy dance

December 20, 2019

Friday happy dance

December 6, 2019

Happy birthday, Peter

May 7, 2019

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) composed The Seasons, twelve short pieces for solo piano, in 1875-76. Here is the movement “May: Starlit Nights,” in an arrangement for orchestra.

Friday happy dance

December 14, 2018

Happy birthday, Peter

May 7, 2018

In honor of the birthday of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), here is a scene from Swan Lake, performed by a Chinese dance troupe with absolutely no respect for the law of gravity.

Friday happy dance

January 5, 2018

Friday happy dance

November 24, 2017

Happy birthday, Peter

May 7, 2017

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) composed vocal and instrumental works of many kinds, ranging from large-scale works such as symphonies, concerti for piano and violin, operas, and ballets to string quartets, songs, and pieces for solo piano. He employed musical forms that had evolved in the West but imbued them with a distinctively Russian flavor, sometimes weaving traditional Russian folk melodies into his compositions.

Here is the waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, composed in 1880.

Just for fun:

“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” played on glass harp. 

The finale from the 1812 Overture in a musical visualization by Ernie Kovacs.

“Dance of the Reed Flutes” performed by the St. Luke’s Bottle Band. 

Friday happy dance

February 17, 2017

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