So That’s Why It’s Called Pathetique

Song number 36 from the Big Book of Classical Music is an exerpt from Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony “Pathetique.” Fun Fact: It is another song written right before the composer left this mortal coil. According to Britannica.com, Pathétique Symphony, or Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, the final composition by Peter Tchaikovsky. Called the “Passionate Symphony” by the…

A Trill A Minute

Today’s entry is song #35 from the Big Book of Classical Music. It is used as the theme song to PBS Masterpiece Theater. The composer is Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738), and it is entitled “Rondeau.” The first version has a treble clef where it should be a bass clef, but it still works. According to Wikipedia,…

Number 34

We continue on the magical classical musical journey with a song by Mozart (1756-1791), entitled “Lacrymosa” or “Tearful.” It is from his Requiem opera. According to wikipedia, The Requiem in D minor, K. 626, is a requiem mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791). Mozart composed part of the Requiem in Vienna in late 1791, but it was unfinished at his death on December 5 the same…

52 Magical Bars

This song is an excerpt from a song called Largo, written by George Frideric Handel way back in 1738. And it took a hundred years for it to catch on. It just goes to show you, doesn’t it? What exactly that is I am not sure. I’m just saying. This is the fifth song by…

Only 68 Songs to Go

We continue on our journey through the Big Book of Classical Music with song number 32. Here are three versions of Meditation, from the opera “Thais” by Jules Massenet. According to our good friends at brittanica.com, Jules Massenet, in full Jules-Émile-Frédéric Massenet, (born May 12, 1842, Montaud, near Saint-Étienne, France—died August 13, 1912, Paris), was a leading French opera composer, whose…

Song Number 31

Continuing our journey through the “Big Book of Classical Music,” here are a couple of versions of a song called Panis angelicus (Bread of Angels) by French Composer Cesar Franck: According to Britannica.com, César Franck, in full César-auguste Franck, (born Dec. 10, 1822, Liège, Neth.—died Nov. 8, 1890, Paris, France), was a Belgian-French Romantic composer and organist who was the…

Song Number 30

I have a feeling that getting through all 100 songs from the “Big Book of Classical Music” is going to take a lot longer than I thought. It’s the journey that is important, right? Some of these composers I am familiar with, others not so much. Song Number 30 is an excerpt from Gabriel Faure’s…

All Neil All Week

This is from the same Neil Young album as the songs I posted yesterday. From After The Gold Rush, this is “Cripple Creek Ferry.”

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Sometimes it’s good to do a non-classical song. But these songs are still classics. Everybody, sing along! When you were young, and on your ownHow did it feel to be alone?I was always thinking of games that I was playing.Trying to make the best of my time But only love can break your heartTry to…