This concludes our study of African Music. We will continue on our journey through the music of the world when we visit the Middle East. If you have questions refer to your syllabus or any of the online resources I discussed in our Zoom Meetings in May.
As promised, here are a few of the songs I transcribed from this music book. The first track has examples of different styles. The others have selections from different songs. Or something along those lines.
According to my Guitar Atlas Series book on Indian Music, the classical system of Indian music is over 3000 years old. The book has the sheet music for a few of those ancient songs. I took said sheet music from the book and mixed all of the songs together. In order of appearance, here areContinue reading “From Me To You”
Number 39 in the Big Book of Classical Music is a classic. That’s why it’s in the book. Slow Dance Version: In The Hall of the Mountain King, by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) is a piece of orchestral music composed in 1875 as incidental music for the sixth scene of act 2 in Henrik Ibsen’s 1867Continue reading “One More for The Road”
Number 38 in the countdown of classical music is a version of a 13th century song that was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). It is called Ave Verum Corpus. According to wikipedia.com, “Ave verum corpus” is a short Eucharistic chant that has been set to music by many composers. It dates to the 13th century, first recordedContinue reading “Number 38”
Song number 36 from the Big Book of Classical Music is an excerpt 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 theContinue reading “So That’s Why It’s Called Pathetique”
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,Continue reading “A Trill A Minute”
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 sameContinue reading “Number 34”
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 byContinue reading “52 Magical Bars”
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, whoseContinue reading “Only 68 Songs to Go”
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 theContinue reading “Song Number 31”
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’sContinue reading “Song Number 30”