The Perfect Cadance
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Clarinet Concerto in C minor: III. Rondo (Allegro giocoso) [excerpt] - Gerald Finzi
Clarinet: Robert Plane
Conductor: Howard Griffiths
Orchestra: Northern Sinfonia
Such a brilliant piece of music. The main rondo theme that returns is so British-sounding and catchy!
Concerto for 2 Flutes in G major: I. Allegro - Domenico Cimarosa
Flute: Sir James Galway
Flute: Lady Jeanne Galway
Orchestra: London Mozart Players
I absolutely love this piece - it’s so catchy and has been in my head for days!
I have a whole book to choose from but I don’t like them ha. I think someone should just give me one and tell me to learn them… Then I’ll just get on and do it!
CLARINETISTS HELP ME.
So I wrote a Wind Quintet, featuring Flute Oboe Clarinet Horn and Bassoon! It’s nothing majorly serious, just a bit of fun. In the style of a rondo, so the main theme keeps returning. Sorry about the fake sounds - they’ve come straight from Sibelius!
Hope you enjoy :)
Pulcinella (1920), ballet in one act
Marilyn Tyler (s), Carlo Franzini (t),
Boris Carmeli (b)
L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet (1965)
Stravinsky was hesitant when approached by Ansermet and Diaghilev in 1919 with the prospect of creating a commedia dell’arte ballet to a libretto by Massine based on 18th century dramatic and musical sources. The composer had fashioned a fresh modernist voice with his early ballets and the recently completed L’histoire du soldat, and did not wish to muddle this stable, credible image during a time when he was struggling financially.
But the musical source material — then attributed almost wholly to Giambattista Pergolesi, and now much less certainly so — won over Stravinsky, and the Paris production was a grander success than anticipated. Collaboration with designer Pablo Picasso couldn’t have hurt.
Pulcinella represents Stravinsky’s first essay in neoclassicism, an adventure which would continue with the Symphony of Psalms, Symphony in C, Dumbarton Oaks, The Rake’s Progress, and others. “It was a look backward,” he later wrote of Pulcinella, “but a look in the mirror, too.”
The scenario is a simple character comedy centering on the eponymous classic stock lead, his girlfriend Pimpinella, and the various amorous antics of a group of companions. It is scored for three solo singers and a chamber orchestra with concerto and ripieno strings; later an orchestral suite was extracted, as well as a few individual pieces.
Aside from the musical qualities inherent in the existing material, Stravinsky’s techniques and structural scheme embody the light, playful spirit of commedia dell’arte diversion on the meta-level and this is what gives the work a special life and authenticity. One would hardly guess in hearing the glowing, doleful opening serenade that the character is about to have water dumped on his head in reply. Indeed, the composer seems to clad himself in the old themes and dramatic tricks in the same way the actors wear their traditional masks—the character is physically brought forward, but Stravinsky is right there behind it at all times. One of the most striking moments in the score is the presentation of the seductive Se tu m’ami, probably the most familiar tune in the ballet, which dissolves into a comedic flourish from the pit before its completion. An elusive half mechanical, half nostalgic quality pervades the music. Intimately recognizable and reassuring forms, phrases, and gestures are appointed with curious details that can make us itch and loving touches that spark smiles..
Pulcinella proved immensely influential to a number of artists and composers, most especially in France. It is hard to miss that Poulenc’s debut as a serious composer, the ballet Les biches (1924), directly borrows rhythmic and melodic material from Stravinsky’s finale, for example, and itself marks the beginning of Poulenc’s own lifelong eclectic, neoclassical bent.
Classical pianist and YouTube sensation Yuja Wang is making her Celebrity Series of Boston debut on Friday night, and there is some debate in the classical world about whether or not the dresses she wears make for proper attire.
What do you think? Should it matter what a classical pianist wears while performing?
Plays Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3, aka Rach 3, one of the most difficult songs to play in the world, the notes on the sheet music is described as being so dense it looks like a phonebook.
World shits itself because of what she’s wearing.
The world would rip a woman to shreds over her socks before daring to acknowledge her accomplishments.