Wolfgang Is Back

Here is a song written in 4/4 timeSome might say it sounds sublimeIt’s really quite a work of artAnd it was written by our friend Mozart This version is different from the firstIt’s not the best, but not the worstIt has percussion, this is trueIt’s the latest gift, from me to you “View of aContinue reading “Wolfgang Is Back”

And Now For Something Old

See if you can name these Classical Masterpieces. Or not. It is entirely up to you. No pressure. I will give you a hint: The composers (in alphabetical order) are Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, Mahler, and Mozart. And remember all of the songs I have posted in the past 2 years can be played in theContinue reading “And Now For Something Old”

100 Classical Songs

Months ago I started transcribing sheet music from The Big Book of Classical Music. There were forty different composers, and 352 pages of music. Today’s songs are song numbers 99 and 100. Song #99 was written by Johannes Brahms (1830-1897) and is an excerpt from the fourth movement of his First Symphony in C Minor.Continue reading “100 Classical Songs”

More Muzik

Song Number 98 in the countdown of 100 classical songs was written by Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and is titled The Evening Star. That means there are just two songs left. “Song to the Evening Star” (“O du, mein holder Abendstern”), also known as “Oh Star Of Eve”, is an aria sung by the character WolframContinue reading “More Muzik”

Just Three Songs Left

Song number 97 in our countdown of classics was written by Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) and is titled The Moldau. I previously posted a longer version of this song, but this version comes from the music book titled “The Big Book of Classical Music.” You can almost see the water nymphs bathing in the moonlight. (WhatContinue reading “Just Three Songs Left”

96 Songs

That’s right, folks. This is song number 96 in our countdown of 100 classical songs. It was written by Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and is titled Bridal Chorus. I wonder what they played at weddings before 1850? Perhaps some Bach? In any event, we now have just four songs to go and we will have exploredContinue reading “96 Songs”

A New Song for the New Year

Happy New Year to you, from me and “The Cool Cats.” Here is another song written by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), titled Un bel di vedremo. According to my online translater, that means “A lot of we’ll see.” Perhaps it again loses something in translation. It is from the opera Madam Butterfly, and it is songContinue reading “A New Song for the New Year”

And Now For Something Different

Can you believe that it is almost the New Year? I can’t believe it. Here’s to a new year full of happiness and hope for everyone. Song Number 93 in our list of 100 classical songs was written by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) and is titled Quando men vo, which translates to “When I Drop.“ ThatContinue reading “And Now For Something Different”

Another Hit

This song may be short, but it was a very complicated song to transcribe. It was written by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) and is titled O soave fanciulla, which means “O sweet girl.” (Isn’t that also a song by the Dave Clark Five?). It is song number 92 in the ongoing list of 100 classical songs.Continue reading “Another Hit”

Song Number 91

I have been busy all day long, finishing up the list of 100 classical songs. As I toil away, the rain falls outside. Song number 91 was written by Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) and is titled Humoresque. This is another song by the same composer, it is called New World Symphony: Humoresques, Op. 101 (B. 187),Continue reading “Song Number 91”

Only Ten Songs Left

Song Number 89 in our countdown of 100 classical songs was written by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) and is titled La donna e mobile, which translates to “The woman and mobile.” Perhaps it loses something in the translation. And song number 90 was written by the same composer and is titled Addio, del passato, which translatesContinue reading “Only Ten Songs Left”