Friday, October 5, 2007

Classical Must Haves

Classical week has been fun for me. I have listened to
nothing but classical all week,
and that makes for lovely, lovely days.
You should try it some time.
My playlist is back, (it was giving me technical difficulties yesterday, boooo), and at the top is
Le Carnaval des Animaux

It is a very recognizable musical suite in 14 movements
written by the French composer Camille Saint-Saens. The two most famous movements are
The Aquarium and The Swan (#'s 1 and 2 on the playlist).

The third song on the playlist today is
"Moonlight Sonata"
by Beethoven
and it is my very favorite to play on the piano. It allows me to be very expressive with dynamics and it still challenges these rusty fingers.

One of the best deals I have found on iTunes is an album called...
now, don't laugh,
"My Figure Skating Album"
For $11.99 you get 35 famous and beautiful classical songs, over 2.5 hours of music. Worth every penny. Even if it does have a cheesy album cover. So if you are wanting to introduce excellent classical pieces to your children,
consider that one.

The album includes one of my children's favorite, the very ominous sounding
Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
(#4 on the playlist)
We like to stomp our feet and head bang a little as we listen to the song approach it's exciting climax.

The thing about classical is that it can be whatever you are in the mood for.
Want relaxing? listen to some Mozart Adagios.
Want exciting? listen to the Carmen Overture or The Flight of the Bumblebee.
Great music is so easy to get a hold of these days, you don't even have to leave home to get it. It's right at our fingertips.

Thank you for your comments this week, I hope you have enjoyed listening to these classical pieces just half as much as I have. I suppose I will be back to regular blogging next week, although I would just as soon talk about music.

Have a great weekend and
enjoy conference!