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Here are two other compositions by Bach that I love:

“Sheep May Safely Graze”:



“Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor”:



“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” Redux

Many thanks to Kurt Nemes and his blog, “Classical Music Almanac” for these variations on Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Awesome! You can get to it here.


Bach, Naturally with Photos of Maine and Vermont

I just thought this was pretty in all ways.


Schumann’s Spring Symphony — No. 1 in B Flat Major

First Day of Spring 2015


It’s the first day of spring, but it’s cold, rainy, and gray here in the Washington, DC, area. The above graphic, today’s Google Doodle, really brightened  my spirit. Hats off to their art department. Great job, guys!

The first day of spring always makes me think of Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony. I don’t have it in my collection yet, but I first heard it in a college music appreciation class and never forgot it. In this video, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the musicians as they played. I could feel their enthusiasm, and how the mood of the music changed during the quieter parts. Enjoy!




Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony- period instrument performance

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony never gets old, And I’m intrigued by the period instruments here. Beautiful!

Edwardian Piano

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony- period instrument performance

00:00 • Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
14:55 • Scherzo: molto vivace – presto
27:07 • Adagio molto e cantabile
40:32 • Recitative

• Christiane Karg: soprano
• Carolin Masur: alto
• Charles Workman: tenor
• Alain Buet: bass

La Chambre Philharmonique
Conducted by Emmanuel Krivine

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More Exhibitionism

I enjoyed this piece about a section of one of my favorite piano pieces and orchestrations–the whole thing.

Peter Mayer’s “Japanese Bowls”

When I first heard this song on a 2011 episode of “A Prairie Home Companion” and the blogged about it, I had no idea that people would love the song so and respond to the post.. I’m so happy that people like it.

I’ve had some comments from people who have had trouble downloading Jearlyn Steele’s performance. It’s still available on the PHC website. Just click on Segment 3 of the audio icon. I believe it’s also on one of Steele’s CDs available in the Pretty Good Goods Catalog.

I also tried additional YouTube searches. Here’s performance of it by Peter Mayer himself, with background on what inspired the song. Enjoy! Also check out some of his other songs.

Here’s a video with lyrics:

“The Alley Cat” by Bent Fabric

I used to have a 45 rpm record of this instrumental, “The Alley Cat” by Bent Fabric. I hadn’t thought of it for a long time, but the fun graphic below helped me to recall it. Enjoy!

In a web search, I also found Augie’s Records, which looked intriguing.



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Music from “About Time”

Sometimes, music presents itself when you least expect it. I watched the 2013 romantic comedy About Time, which I found rather charming. In it, a man born into a family of time travelers changes history for good. Yeah, I know it sounds hokey, but it also makes you think. The film’s message: Live your everyday life–the good, the bad, and the mundane. But take time to really notice the small things, the little details about people, places, and experiences–that make life worth living.

As with most modern films, there is a soundtrack. Here are two songs that made an impression on me. Enjoy!

“How Long Will I Love You?”

“The Luckiest” (by Ben Folds)

John Coltrane — “Giant Steps”

A longtime jazz fan, I have always regretted not having any of John Coltrane‘s work in my music collection. I always promised myself that I would one day buy his album called My Favorite Things. Now I’ve promised myself another: Giant Steps. The library just got a new copy, and it seems to be very popular among patrons.

Nicknamed “Trane,” he was and still is considered to be one of the best tenor saxophonists. Coltrane’s style of jazz was bebop. Giant Steps is a recording of his own compositions. As I listened, I felt energized by the melodies, not bombarded with noise. It made me happy. By its very nature, jazz is improvisational. Just as a musician might do alternate versions of a song or melody, as Coltrane did here, listeners have to play it more than once to get the most out of a recording. Sometimes certain phrases or notes will catch your ear, and you respond differently each time.

Here are favorite compositions from Giant Steps, including the title track:

“Syeeda’s Song Flute”:

“Mr. P.C.”:

Here is the full album of My Favorite Things. But I still want to get a real CD of it at some point.