Many of the cable TV companies that have seasonal music channels are playing Christmas Music with a "Christmas in July theme. In less than two months stores will have Halloween and Christmas merchandise out.
Steven Deneve will be the next conductor of the Saint Louis symphony Orchestra beginning with the 2019-2020 season. I went to a concert this past March where he was the guest conductor. He is from France and has been with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra
It is just past June and graduation season. Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Wrote the Pomp and Circumstance March(Opus #39) which is played at graduations. It is probably one of the most recognizable Classical music pieces. Some colleges hold graduations in December or even late July or August. Especially if the have summer school. I remember 35 years ago at my high school graduation it was played. I don't remember if it was played at my college graduation. Even after you graduate from college, the colleges will still continue to ask for money! Graduation is a very big event in the life of a person. One thing that I remembered about m high school graduation is that the band played that piece of music-I did not know what it was at the time.
Elgar was British and was considered typically British. He however was influenced from Continentle Europe. Unlike most of the other British composers. He was Roman Catholic in predominantly Protestand England. he was looked donwn on because of this and was considered lower class. He was knighted by the King of England. he married a woman nine years his senior. They had one daughter.
He wrote two symphonies plus a third which was not published during his lifetime. He wrote a violin concerto, String quartet, String Serenade. and much other music. His most famous other work besides Pomp and Circumstance is his Cello Concerto (Opus #85). It is in four movements instead of the typically three movements of most concerti of any kind ("concerti"is plural for concerto instead of "concertos") The Pomp and Circumstance has also been featured in several films such as " A Clockwork Orange" which also featured Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Rossini's William Tell Overture.
Elgar was also a strong British nationalist like many other British composers and writers of that day. he wrote music for King Edrard vll's coronation.
The fourth of July is coming up. In England the date is said by the bay first then the month. In America it is July Fourth.
There is a lot of patriotic music on The cable TV channel with seasonal music.
In the wake of Fathers Day, two of the more famous composers fathers were also composers in their own right. Wolfgang Mozart's father Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) Richard Strauss' father Franz Strauss (1822-1904) were both important composers but were overshadowed by their sons. Richard Strauss is not related in any way to Johan Strauss Jr. and his family. Several other members of this family were also great composers. Wolfgang Mozart's wife was a cousin of another famous composer Carl a von Weber. Leopold wrote a book on playing the violin which was published in 1756 the year of Wolfgang's birth and is still read by violin students today.
Leopold Mozart 's most famous work is his Toy Symphony. he also wrote concerti and other works. He did not composer most of his later life. He was more busy developing his son Wolfgang.
The elder Strauss was a horn player (French Horn) He wrote a horn concerto and other pieces for the horn. he was the principle horn player for the Bavarian Court Opera.
Bothe were overshadowed by the reputations of their sons. Both Wolfgang and Richard were important I could talk about both of their music for hours and write pages up on pages about them and their works. Many other important composers came from musical families such as Johan Sebastian Bach. Three of bach's Sons were also important composers in their wright.
It is summertime. Most symphony orchestras go on break until September or October. In St. Louis Opera Theatre of St.Louis and Union Opera Theatre are up and running.
St. Louis has not one but two opera companies: Opera Theatre St. Louis which runs in June and Union Opera Theatre which runs in August. Plus the Muny Opera which does not deal with opera but musicals I have attended productions of Opera Theatre St. Louis and the Muny.
Opera Theatre St. Louis is all in English. Union Avenue is in the original language but uses subtitles. American journalist H. L. Menken said that "Opera in English is like Baseball in Italian". sometimes Words can be lost in translation. In some languages there many not be an exact translation of one word. For example, in French they have two different words for the English work "know" and the word "you". And both can not be used interchangeably
Union Avenue uses the Union Avenue Christian Church for its productions and Opera Theatre St. Louis uses the Loreto Hilton which is on the campus of Webster University which is in Webster Groves Missouri a suburb of St. Louis. Webster University has good theatre and music departments.
Muny Operas is America's oldest and largest outdoor theatre company dating from 1918. Next year will mark its centennial year.
Union Avenue Christian church is part of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ. It is a historic structure over 100 years old
I sometimes watch the CBS TV series "Mom" it is about a dysfunctional mother and daughter. Both were teenage mothers and have had substance abuse issues. the opening theme is the Overture to Mikhial Glinka's Russlan and Lubmilla Overture.
Glinka(1804-1857) is one of the early Russian Classical Composers. His main compositions were operas. Like most other Russian composers, his music is nationalistic in nature. He studied and lived in Germany before returning to Russia.
Russian operas have not been as popular as Italian, French or German operas. However Russia and Ukraine have produces a lot of famous opera singers. They have also produced a lot of famous bassos. Even during the days of the Soviet Union there were a lot of excellent opera singers from these areas.
Glinka is mainly remembered today for Russlan and Ludmilla and and another opera A Life for the Tsar. Both operas are nationalistic in nature.
I like the TV show Mom. I hope that it does bring more attention to The above mentioned opera. I am disappointed because my other favorite show "Two Broke Girls" has been cancelled. I think that it did run its course. Since I have been out of college, When I start watching a TV show it gets cancelled on me. A lot of sti-coms run their course and are not cancelled and then get boring. I am not in to soap operas. They are called "soap Operas because they were sponsored by soap companies.
I like the Sit-com Mon and I hope it lasts a few more seasons before it runs its corse.
Ave Maria is on of Schubert's most famous songs. it is a musical version of the Catholic prayer Hail Mary. it was also set to music by Gonoud who used one of Bach's song. Other composers who set this to music are Anton Bruckner, Mozart and Liszt.
Schubert's version is the most famous. it was written in 1825 as D.839. It has been used in movies and sung by many famous opera and pop stars including Frank Sinatra and Beyoncé.
it is sang at weddings and funerals. The Bach/Gonoud version is the second most famous version. Bach was Lutheran and wrote many songs and hymns for use in the Lutheran Church. This was also sang by many opera and pop stars.
the Virgin Mary is venerated in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, as well in the other Eastern Christian churches. Most Protestants do not venerate the Virgin Mary as in the Catholic or Orthodox churches the Eastern orthodox have also a lot of hymns to the Virgin Mary. There are also a lot of other Catholic hymns and songs to the Virgin Mary.
Schubert, List and Bruckner were all Catholic. List became a monk later in life. Bruckner was known for his strong faith and like Schubert also wrote several settings for the Catholic Mass. I have discussed Bruckner before and wrote an article on Him. He is known for his symphonies more than his religious music.
Memorial Day is supposed to be a somber day remembering those who have gave their lives for the country. Not about sales etc. This should not be a time for sales. It should be more somber. Labor Day should be later in September so summer can be Longer!
I don't wish people "Happy Memorial Day". Instead I say "have a good Memorial Day". This I don't consider to be a happy day. I am not in to Labor Day, Columbus Day or even New years Day. Veterans Day is also very important to me.