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 ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Last Leaf

A toast, to Ok Go for rising to the challenge and leavening no stone upturned while baking up such creative music video. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: Ok go, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude, The Last Leaf

The Wandering Joe: NYE Resolution Update 1: January

As I mentioned in my very recent post, I’ve committed to reading a new book and buying a new album each month. Why am I doing this? I want to hold on to what limited brain plasticity I have, and this seems like a good way to do it. So, January is wrapping up and ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – D. Scarlatti: Sonata in E Major, K 380 (L 23)

  Domenico Scarlatti began his compositional career following in the footsteps of his father Alessandro Scarlatti by writing operas, chamber cantatas, and other vocal music, but he is most remembered for his 555 keyboard sonatas, written between approximately 1719 and 1757. It is believed that Domenico received most of his musical training from family members, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Interlude – Mahler’s Titan – Second Movement

Big, boisterous, and makes you want to dance wherever you happen to be. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: Gustav Mahler, Second Movement, The DWR Friday Classical Interldue, Titan

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Bach, Cantata 35, 5. Sinfonia

  Bach’s Cantata BWV 35, Geist und Seele wird verwirret (Soul and spirit become confused), is one of three alto solo works in Trinity Time of the third annual church cycle of 1726-27 that has an old established and much used text of Georg Christian Lehms. It employs obbligato organ in “conversational galant” manner and ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – J.S. Bach: “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, BWV 62 – 1. Chorus “Nun komm, der Heiden

One of my favourite holiday tunes. 🙂   The old hymn tune is in four lines, the last one equal to the first.[5] The instrumental ritornello of the opening chorus already quotes this line, first in the continuo, then slightly different in meter in the oboes.[2][6] Other than these quotes, the orchestra plays a free ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Choral Interlude – In The Bleak Midwinter – Gustav Holst

Sang this tune at the holiday concerts this year.  The tenor part is all over the place (the usual), but well worth learning and singing. 🙂   Filed under: Music Tagged: Holst, In the Bleak Midwinter, The DWR Friday Choral Interlude

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Christmas-ish Baroque Interlude – A. Vivaldi: RV 589 / Gloria in excelsis Deo in D major

That time of year folks, enjoy. 🙂   Part 1.   Part 2. Need the Sheet Music?  Go here. 🙂 Filed under: Music Tagged: A. Vivaldi: RV 589 / Gloria in excelsis Deo in D major, The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude, Vivaldi

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Telemann Concerto for 4 Violins in G+ TWV40

Georg Philipp Telemann was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family’s wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld, and Hildesheim, Telemann entered the University of Leipzig to study law, but eventually settled on a career in music. He held important positions in Leipzig, Zary, Eisenach, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Christian Pop Culture Beyond Salavation

There was a time when religion commissioned great and wondrous art. Awe-inspiring cathedrals were built by the most grand and innovative architects. Beautiful music for masses were composed by the greatest musical minds in history. Religious paintings were created with skills and passion that have yet to be matched, even hundreds of years later. Art ...