Fauré (1845-1924)

The other day, I heard Faure’s “Pavane” on the radio, which has always caught my ear. “It reminds me of the song “Dream a Dream.:” I had a post planned. Fortunately, blogger Kaz discusses the composers life and work thoroughly here. Have fun listening to the compositions.

A Brief History of Music

“Music exists to elevate us as far as possible above everyday life.” – Gabriel Fauré

My favourite class in college was an elective called “Music 1B: Introduction to Western Music from Beethoven to the Present”, to which I owe so much of what I’ve written in this blog. Strangely enough, one of my most vivid memories from the class was a remark made about a composer that didn’t appear on the syllabus: Fauré. Our professor, who was deeply passionate about the subject matter and talked about every composer as if they were his favourite, explained that there was no time to cover Fauré,  but urged us to “run, not walk, to his music.” And what great advice that is! Fauré is not a name a casual listener of classical music is likely to hear too often, a great shame as his music has broad appeal and is easy to listen to. Classic FM writes that “His distinctive harmonies can be savoured…

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A Classical Music Quiz–Which Composer Are You?

I’m listening to an hour-long program of Vivaldi’s music on the radio, through my computer. So far, it’s wonderful, and I’ll be writing a separate post about it soon.

When I went to the site to find the “Listen Live” feed, I ran across this quiz, entitled, “Which Composer Are You?”

I rarely take things like this as gospel, but I decided to have fun with it. To my shock, I am very like Brahms, although I was hoping to be more like Beethoven, Mozart, or Dvorak. Since I know very little of Brahms’ work, I guess I have figured out who I should listen to next.

Anyway, try the quiz for yourself, and enjoy!

Movies and Music

I’m reading Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much, which was published this year. Even though I’ve seen it several times, I checked out the 1956 version of the movie from the library. I also decided that I would watch the 1934 version. Hitchcock was quoted in an interview that the 1934 version was made by an amateur film maker, while the later version was made by a professional.

I like the later version a lot because James Stewart and Doris Day are in it. And it’s just a great, suspenseful story. But the main reason is that it features the song “Que Sera, Sera.” Day made it famous, and Hitchcock approved it just for the film on one hearing, and not providing any guidance to the writers. Here are some movie clips and the song, though not quite as it’s presented in the film.

As always, I feel a strong connection because my aunt sang me this song when I was a kid. I didn’t know about the film connection until much later. t bought a Doris Day CD several years ago, and that of course, is included. I used to think of it as sad, but I think it just means to take life as it comes. As we watched the film, she didn’t feel like singing, which made me feel wistful. But at least she remembered the song and watched the entire picture with me.

Music For Easter

Although I’ve always liked the film and song Easter Parade, I wanted to go beyond that for this entry. I haven’t listened to all these yet, but here’s what seems to be a fabulous collection of options. This link is from BBC Music Magazine, which seems worth checking out any day of the week. Enjoy!

I also always liked “Lord of the Dance,” which is based on the Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts.” It’s featured on many Christmas CDs. “Home for the Holidays” by Schooner Fare is a favorite version. But it has always struck me as a better song for Easter.

I found this on YouTube. Pretty cool, at least to me.