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Friday, July 21, 2006

Going Classical

I want to write about good concerts I went to. One of Rachmaninoff and one of Mozart. But before, I have bought a very surprising CD. Here is it's story...

Johannn Nepomuk Hummel has a very funny name. Nepomuk. Is it check? In addition to his lovely name he was a virtuoso of the keyboard and a student of both Mozart and Salieri. He was a good composer but his work did not remain famous to our day. Mainly because he is much more known as a teacher and player.

This CD I have bought is a rearrangement by Hummel of Mozart's symphonies Haffner, Jupiter and Praga. These symphonies were written for orchestras and Hummel rearranged them to be played by a Quartet. A piano, a flute, a violin, a violoncelle. Only 4 instruments bring all the sensations ans sounds and details of these 3 symphonies.

Hummel must really have been very talented and skilled to be able to do this. I will upload a part soon. But can I rest for the week end.

18 Comments:

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Olivia said...

You were not far off! Hummel was born in Slovakia.

I have those symphonies too. I like Jupiter. Well, it's Mozart, I like them all. But Jupiter is my fave. You know how it is with Wolfie!

Enjoy your rest this weekend, Steli +)

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger Olivia said...

Have you ever heard Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor?

It was my fave for a long time, with its first movement, the Allegro, full of broody mystery.

Its second movement, the Romance, is what is playing in Amadeus when Salieri goes through the insane asylum at the end "absolving" people, and we hear Mozart's manic laugh.

 
At 3:24 AM, Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

well olive officially i am resting but can i ask you if you have ever listened to hummel's rearrangements, i mean to the cd i have bought, i have listened to it twice and i find it hard to form an opinion about it..

 
At 3:25 AM, Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

and oh, what is the beginning of the movie, amadeus..what music is it

 
At 6:43 AM, Blogger Olivia said...

Off the record, since you are resting, I do not know if I have heard Hummel's arrangements!
Most of my original Mozart CDs are with my mother, and I copied them onto my hard drive :(

I can remember the first scenes where they are carrying a dying Salieri through the snow.....can't remember the music....I will think about it and come back.

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger Olivia said...

It is:
Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, 1st movement.

I can do it this way round: Listen and say, "Oh, that music was in the movie so and so, during such and such a scene."
So I looked on Amazon.

A+

 
At 7:20 AM, Blogger Jia Li said...

I know nothing about classical music

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

off the record thank you. and between us this conversation never happened

 
At 8:48 AM, Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

oh jl... +( ... c'est pas grave

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger Jia Li said...

say wa? I grew up on newfie musik

 
At 2:16 PM, Blogger Lasto-adri *Blue* said...

i like classical music.. but i can't tell what is what !

i mean, mozert is easy to know.. but the rest might be quite the same, unless if it is a famouse tune, like swan lack.. blahblahaha...

however, the D minor of the movement whatever :S.. I am but an ignorant creature :D

 
At 2:16 PM, Blogger Lasto-adri *Blue* said...

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At 2:31 PM, Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

ok maybe i will post something, with olivia's help as an intro to music theory or classical music, although that is difficult to write..

blue and jl i don't care if you don't know class. music, you are still my friends.

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger Jia Li said...

awww thanks!

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger Jia Li said...

cause I don't like it that much either

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

i don't like all of it..there are people who have a classical taste, they alike all classical music because it sounds cool to them..i like certain works only...i like russian composers and some beethoven and mozart and i like bach...i can't even listen to the others

 
At 4:22 AM, Blogger Olivia said...

Me too, my ears are fussy about the sounds they accept.

I can't go more modern than some early 20th C. I stop at Faure, even then not all of his work.
And so many Renaissance or Baroque composers were just Muzak, you know, air fillers, nothing outstanding.

So yes, Steli, let us post - whenever you wish. +) A ton plaisir/loisir.

 
At 4:36 AM, Blogger Steliano Ponticos said...

olive you are right about modern music and also abour renaissance and baroque, i could not have said it better...let's talk about this post by e mail ok..maybe we put a small theory part and each of us talks about his favourite composers..a ton plaisir/loisir

 

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