Tag: classical music

  • Lucia di Lammermoor – A Classical Cousin

    Lucia di Lammermoor – A Classical Cousin

    For today’s classical (music) cousin, here is a favorite scene from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, or what I have previously called “Romeo and Juliet in Scotland.” The hapless Edgardo shows up just as his beloved Lucia (under her brother’s manipulation) has signed an arranged marriage contract. Fun fact: this opera holds a direct link to […]

  • Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio – A Classical Cousin

    Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio – A Classical Cousin

    Every so often a melody from my past will just pop into my head, unannounced and unprompted. Today it was the opening of Tchaikovsky’s piano trio, a piece I fell in love with as a teenager. There is something about this piece and its constant battle between major and minor keys that especially appeals to […]

  • Sherlock Holmes and Korngold’s Violin Concerto – A Classical Cousin

    Warning: Contains Sherlock Holmes series spoilers and extreme geekery I am feeling nostalgic this evening, so I thought I would write a post about something dear to me, and exceedingly trivial, that I don’t think I’ve told anyone before. πŸ˜† Simply this—the connection between the Korngold violin concerto and the Sherlock Holmes series. Yes, these […]

  • Kreisler’s "Syncopation" (1925) – A Classical Cousin

    Recently, I dreamed I was playing the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, on stage, in front of a professional violinist, whom I was trying to “prove myself” to (!!).Β  I did tolerably well, which is the surprising thing, considering I never learned the piece (though always wanted to). My violin Ever since then, I […]

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