Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Musical Interlude – O Fortuna

Went with the family to see this on the weekend.  The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra did a splendid job with the piece. O Fortuna velut luna statu variabilis, semper crescis aut decrescis; vita detestabilis nunc obdurat et tunc curat ludo mentis aciem, egestatem, potestatem dissolvit ut glaciem. Sors immanis et inanis, rota tu volubilis, status malus, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Marcello Sonata no.1 in F+

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Interlude – Mahler 2 – Resurrection

Well, folks let me tell you, listening the the choral finale of Mahler 2 is inspiring, but singing it…  Next level experience.  We had the Calgary Youth Orchestra and 3 other choirs join my choir to tackle this monumental piece.  Every chorister should have the opportunity to sing in this iconic musical experience. Original German ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Non lo dirò col labbro (Handel’s Tolomeo) – Romina Basso

Text: Non lo diro’ col labbro che tanto ardir non ha; forse con le faville dell’avide pupille, per dir come tuttárdo, lo sguardo parlera’. English Translation: I will not say it with my lips Which have not that courage; Perhaps the sparks Of my burning eyes, Revealing my passion, My glance will speak. Filed under: ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Choral Interlude – Ring of Fire – Chanticleer

That basso profondo…wow. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: Ring of Fire, The DWR Friday Choral Interlude

Scripturient: As Elvis leaves the building, so do we all

No one gets out of here alive. We all die. And with us go into the dustbin the dreams, the values, the ideals, the culture we grew up with, we shared, we ensconced in our daily existence. And the clutter we accumulated during our lives. Elvis has left the building and, sooner or later, so ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Choral Interlude – Four Strong Winds

This is a nice arrangement for choir of the Ian Tyson Canadian classic song.  Our choir is also sing this, the only downside being is that we only have six men.  Very jealous of the balance this choir has. Filed under: Music Tagged: Canada Content, Four Strong Winds, Ian Tyson, The DWR Friday Choral Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Scarlatti, Sonata in C Major – Clara Haskil

Preserved in the 1752 first Venice volume of Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas, this work likely predated that manuscript source by a year or two. That makes this C major effort a late work, despite the fact that almost 400 more keyboard sonatas would flow from Scarlatti’s pen before his death in 1757. Listening to the work, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Crab Canon on a Möbius Strip

A crab canon (also known by the Latin form of the name, canon cancrizans; as well as retrograde canon, canon per recte et retro or canon per rectus et inversus[2]) is an arrangement of two musical lines that are complementary and backward, similar to a palindrome. Originally it is a musical term for a kind ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Baroque Interlude – C. Monteverdi – Magnificat

Monteverdi’s work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the transition from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque period. He developed two individual styles of composition — the heritage of Renaissance polyphony and the new basso continuo technique of the Baroque. Monteverdi wrote one of the earliest operas, L’Orfeo, an innovative work that ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Purcell Chaconne in G minor

  Very little of Purcell‘s functional music for four-part viol consort survives. Only the incomplete Suite in G major, Z. 770, and the Chacony in G minor, Z. 730, are known. It seems most of Purcell‘s music he wrote as court composer for the Twenty-Four Violins after 1677 involved the voice. It is not known ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – J.S. Bach Toccata in E Minor BWV 914

Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 Johann Sebastian Bach Bach’s set of seven Toccatas for keyboard date from 1707-11, just prior to and during the first years of his post in Weimar. During these formative years he experimented with a wide variety of compositional models. Overall, these early toccatas lack the profound expression and technical ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina’s Latest Viral Hit Song

Beep, Beep, I’m a Sheep. “Beep, beep, I’m a sheep,” are the prominent lyrics for Regina resident Todd Bryanton’s — also known on YouTube as LilDeuceDeuce — newest composition. It has become a viral hit online. Released on April Fools’ Day, the ear worm is no joke, reaching five million views and climbing, as of ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Claudio Monteverdi’s Duo finale L’Incoronazione di Poppea

This is the closing duet from L’Incoronazione di Poppea.  Depending on how the how the rest of the choral season goes, I may be singing this piece for my summer recital.  Pur Ti Miro, is a beautiful duet.  A little background on the opera from which it came from, and of course the libretto. ACT ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Romantic Interlude – Beethoven 3rd Symphony, The Funeral March

“Perhaps the best reflection of these emotional extremes is the Second Movement, which he titled “Funeral March,” a powerful musical evocation of the massive state funerals then taking place in Paris. The music suggests the thunder of drums and the roar of the crowd. In this movement, Beethoven explores grief, its public face and its ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Imagine

A change of pace, let’s imagine for a minute that Lennon’s Imagine piece was written in the Baroque period.  It could sound a little like this. Filed under: Music Tagged: Cross Over, Imagine, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

wmtc: hail hail rock ‘n’ roll: rip chuck berry

To mark the death of rock legend Chuck Berry, everyone should watch “Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Taylor Hackford’s movie chronicling two concerts that celebrated Berry’s 60th birthday. If you want to know what all the fuss is about, if you need historical context to understand what Chuck Berry meant to all of rock, see ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Choral Interlude – Kleine Orgelmesse – Agnus Dei

Love the Angus Dei from this mass, getting the phrasing correct was a challenge but well worth the effort.  🙂 The Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, Hob. XXII:7, Novello 8, is a mass in B-flat major by Joseph Haydn.[1] The missa brevis (short mass) was written around 1775 for the order of the Barmherzige ...

Tattered Sleeve: If Y(emelin) Should Fall From Grace with Claude (apologies to the Pogues)

If Y Should Fall from Grace with ClaudeAfter being cleanly beatenIf Y’s muscled off the puckAnd his passes fail completelyLet him sit Claude, let him sit ClaudeLet Y sit up with the press where the hotdogs come with friesThis Cup was always ours Was the pride of MontrealersIt belongs to the HabsNot to any of Buttman’s ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Domenico Scarlatti, Sonate in fis-Moll, K 67

This Sonata in F sharp minor first appeared in a manuscript of other Scarlatti sonatas and pieces in Venice in 1742. However, virtually all the music in it is believed to have been written during or before 1719, the year the composer departed Italy for Portugal. This particular Sonata is short, even for Scarlatti — ...

PostArctica: Dan Bern In Montreal

Had the great pleasure of attending a Dan Bern concert Sunday afternoon at a bar downtown. It was a small back room venue with excellent sound, perfect for this type of performance – one singer with a guitar and harmonica. From wiki “Dan Bern (also known as Bernstein) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, novelist ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Ponchielli – La Gioconda

You know this piece, just not the full form. Skip to 2:20 if its still a mystery. 🙂 Although in his lifetime Ponchielli was very popular and influential, in introducing an enlarged orchestra and more complex orchestration, the only one of his operas regularly performed today is La Gioconda. It contains the great tenor romanza ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – J.S Bach – Badinerie, BWV 1067

The four orchestral suites (called ouvertures by their author), BWV 1066–1069 are four suites by Johann Sebastian Bach. The name ouverture refers only in part to the opening movement in the style of the French overture, in which a majestic opening section in relatively slow dotted-note rhythm in duple meter is followed by a fast ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Classical Music Interlude – Mussorgsky – Night On the Bare Mountain

Night on Bald Mountain (Russian: Ночь на лысой горе, Noch′ na lysoy gore), also known as Night on the Bare Mountain, is a series of compositions by Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881). Inspired by Russian literary works and legend, Mussorgsky composed a “musical picture”, St. John’s Eve on Bald Mountain (Russian: Иванова ночь на лысой горе, Ivanova ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Choral Interlude: Kyrie from Lord Nelson Mass Haydn

  Haydn’s chief biographer, H. C. Robbins Landon, has written that this mass “is arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”.[1] Written in 1798, it is one of the six late masses by Haydn for the Esterhazy family composed after taking a short hiatus, during which elaborate church music was inhibited by the Josephinian reforms of the ...