It looks like the SLSO is discontinuing the gypsy caravan after many years. I had helped with it but had never been to the actual event.
Johaness Brahms, Pablo De Sarasate and Bella Bartok among others used gypsy music in their writings. Gypseys or Roma are a semi nomadic peoplde who have been in Europe since the late middle ages. They are thought to come from India. Their native language is telated to some languages spoken in India
It has been almost a year. I hope to continue and have more entries with more research. Stay tuned. Have a good Labor Day!
most cable TV companies have music channels of various types of music. Charter has a Classical music channel as well as Big Band, Swing and various types of Country and Rock N Roll. MTV is still available. This has been the anniversary of MTV. I don't watch MTV any more. I heard that they don't have much videos any mores.
What will happen with the eclipse? people get suspicious during eclipses and have superstitions about eclipses. I have not seen an actual full eclipse as of now.
Summer is unfortunately winding down. The Cathedral concerts start on August 9th. The SLSO season starts on September 23.
The Cathedral concerts are a series of concerts with various artists of mostly classical genres but deal with other music. They are held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis which is the Seat of the Roman Catholic archdiocese of St. Louis.
The Cathedral is a large church with a seating capacity of over 2000 people. It is adorned with mosaics and is worth visiting if you do not live in St. Louis. It was built in 1912 and replaced another cathedral now known as the Old Cathedral. The new cathedral has excellent acoustics.
cathedralconcerts.org I have been to several Christmas Concerts at this venue and enjoyed them. I hope to attend some of the other concerts in addition to the Christmas concerts and see what they are like. There were no refreshments at the concerts or I did not see anybody selling them. there is an intermission. At the SLSO, they have an intermission and they do have refreshments of various types during intermission and right before the concert. During coffee concerts the SLSO has free coffee and doughnuts. during the coffee concerts various schools from the St. Louis area make field trips to the concerts.
In a few weeks or less we will start seeing Halloween and Christmas items. IT means that summer is winding down.
.There are many obscure composers that are worth listening t and are tragically overlooked. One such composer is Norwegian Johan Svendsen (1840-1911). He is eclipsed by His fellow countrymen and contemporary Edward Grieg. Like Czech composer Bedrich Smetna who is eclipsed by fellow Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. I am a fan of Dvorak's as well as Grieg's. I am not as familiar with Smetna's music.
Svendsen was born in Christina ( now known as Oslo) Norway which was then the part of Sweden. His father was a band leader. He studied in Leipzig, Germany. He was married twice. His first wife was American. His son from his second marriage Eyvind Johan Svendsen (1896-1946) was a famous Danish actor. Svendsen spent most of his adult life in Denmark. He was also a conductor and violinist. He was friends with Richard Wagner.
His most famous work is his Romance for violin and Orchestra (Opus #26). he also wrote a Violin concerto (Opus #6) and A Cello concerto (Opus#7) He wrote two symphonies (Opuses 4 & 15) As I write this I am listening to the second symphony. He wrote some chamber music one String Quartet (Opus#1) a quintet (Opus#50 an Octet (Opus#3).
I take the Copy of the Svendsen Symphonies and my CD of Strauss Don Quixote with me on long trips. The CD of The Swendsen Syphnonies that I have is the Oslo Philharmonic with Mariss Jansons. I wiould recomned this CD.
He wrote a Third Sympohony which his first wife destroyed the only copy which he had. Which is an urban legend. In recent years some sketches have been found by conductor Bjart Engest which might be from his Third Symphony.
I enjoy his symphonies and his concertos for violin and cello. Unfortunately on Arkivmusic.com, I only see one or two versions of each available. I have seen some good versions on Youtbe of each work.
His music is popular in his native Norway. I hope that his music becomes more popular in America in the near future.
One of the most beloved parts of the Bible and Prayers is the Lord's Prayer. One of the Most beloved psalms is the 23rd Psalm. Bothe I remember learning as a child. Both have been set to music which I enjoy listening to. On You Tube there are many videos of both The Lord's Prayer and Psalm 23
May composers from J.S. Bach to the present have set Psalm 23 to music or parts of it. It is part of J. S. Bach's cantata Der Herr ist Mein getruer BWV 112. Duke Ellington and Jay Z have put it to music.
Many Famous singers in all genres have sang to Lord's Prayer. it is based on Matthew 6:9-13 when Jesus teaches his followers how to pray. It is very Moving and it is one of my favorite prayers. All branches of Christianity use this prayer. In one of the episodes of "the Jeffersons" The maid Florence recites it when she and Louise are going to a cemetery
One of the more famous versions of the Lord's Prayer is Australian nun Sister Janet Mead which was played on Rock and Roll radio in the 70's. In the late 90's sitcom "That 70's Show" it is played in one version. Mario Lanza, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Roger Wagner Chorale are some of the many who have recorded it in English.
In many denominations The Lord's Prayer is part of the worship services There are also many commentaries on The Lord's Prayer. I of the recite it in my mind and try to meditate on it.
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.