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Day 19 - A song that makes you think about life:


Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler, known as the Resurrection Symphony, was written between 1888 and 1894, and first performed in 1895. Apart from the Eighth Symphony, this symphony was Mahler's most popular and successful work during his lifetime. It was his first major work that established his lifelong view of the beauty of afterlife and resurrection
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Day 16 - One of your favourite classical songs:

To start with, there aren't really songs in classic music. Songs imply singing. Classical has pieces which are played. And the last 15, in case you failed to notice, have all been classical pieces...


Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
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Day 14 - A song that you would love played at your wedding:

Felix Mendelssohn - "Wedding March" in C major, from his suite of incidental music (Op. 61) to Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.

It was, in fact, played at both of my weddings. I'm not planning on having another, unless polyamory gets legally recognised and Samantha & I can marry Lucy. And that's not likely to happen in my lifetime
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Day 13 - One of your favourite 70's songs:

(yes, that's the full ballet. No, I don't expect anyone will watch it.)

Continuing on the theme of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and ballet we have Swan Lake. (Hey, it never specified a century and Swan Lake had it's premier in '77's... 1877!)
jackjanderson: (Jack & Daniel)
Day 12 - A song from your pre-teen years:

Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker: March

My mother, rest her soul, loved the ballet. My brothers and I would get dragged out to see The Nutcracker every Christmas. We'd get new suits, new shoes, haircuts. It was a very formal affair. I, admittedly, fell in love with the music and it's entire possibly my mother and Tchaikovsky are the root of my love of classical.

I still try and catch at least one performance of The Nutcracker every year.
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Day 11 - A song that you never get tired of:

Georg Friedrich Händel - Messiah: Part II: Hallelujah

One of my favourite pieces of choral music. I adore all of Handel's Messiah but I would think it safe to say the Hallelujah Chorus that closes part II is the most well-known section of it. I always end up stopping wht I'm doing to listen and pretend I'm conducting!
I love how it has this deceptively light orchestral opening before rising and swelling with almost contagious enthusiam, then closing on a final solemn note. Truly remarkable.
jackjanderson: (Han Solo)
Day 10 - A song that makes you sad:

Ludwig Van Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2, popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata.

There's something very evocative, very austere about the piece, it's almost funereal yet beautiful. Imagine listening to it, on a stormy sunday afternoon, when it's dark and the sky is only lit by lightning. A drink in your hand and a book. Beautiful.

Or a film noir seduction followed by death.
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That went really well, didn't it? Apparently I don't come on line often enough to do a daily posting but I am enjoying sharing some of the music I love (even if no-one else does!) so I'm just goingto go ahead with Days 3 to 9 in this post:

Day 3 - A song that reminds you of summer )

Day 4 - A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget about: )

Day 5 - A song that needs to be played LOUD )

Day 6 - A song that makes you want to dance )

Day 7 - A song to drive to )

Day 8 - A song about drugs or alcohol )

Day 9 - A song that makes you happy )
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Day 1 - A song you like with a colour in the title

Day 2 - A song you like with a number in the title

Beethoven: 9th Symphony - Movement IV - "Ode to Joy"

Admittedly, this is a little bit of a cheat since due to naming conventions so many pieces have a numer in the title. It's still a favourite piece of music and a joy to share, and it's considered by many critics as one of his greatest works. Many consider it one of the greatest compositions in the western musical canon and in my opinion it's probably one of the best-known works in classical music. The symphony was the first example of a major composer using voices in a symphony (thus making it a choral symphony) and giving rise to its full title: The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: The Choral
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I've never tried one of these before but I've seen a few people posting these so I thought I'd give it a go (with some help from [personal profile] lucymorningstar on how to embed a youtube file)

Day 1 - A song you like with a colour in the title

The Blue Danube (or for it's full translated title By The Beautiful Blue Danube)
An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314, a waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, composed in 1866. This version is played by André Rieu & his Johann Strauss Orchestra playing and is recorded live at Empress Sisi's castle; Schönbrunn Palace Vienna, Austria with dancers from the famous Austrian Elmayer Dancing School

Samantha and I danced to this at our wedding. And yes, we waltzed. It still makes me want to dance with her.
jackjanderson: (Fishing)
I'm pleased to report that I remain an utter embarassment to my son. I feel this cements the fact I'm doing an excellent job as a parent. Today he told me, with all the wisdom he has garnered from his 29 years on this planet that I need to 'grow up' and 'start acting my age'. He didn't seem all that impressed when my response was that I'd never been 64 before now and had no idea how I was supposed to act.

Apparently, I'm too old to be watching 'silly' superhero and science-fiction movies - we were watching X-Men when he dropped in for an unexpected, unannounced visit.
Please I was watching Star Trek and Doctor Who the first time around, and reading Marvel and DC comics in the 1960s. I was a geek before it was 'cool' and the current revival is only making my love grow. You'll be prying my Captain America action figure from my cold dead hands. Actually, scratch that, he'll be coming in the coffin with me.

I'm also too old to be reading a kids book about space.
I'd just finished reading The Planets - a DK Publishing book about, well, the planets. Absolutely fascinating book, and it's made me want to know more about NASA's Solar & Heliospheric Observatory

I'm also too old to be blogging or playing Candy Crush Saga - because God forbid I find new ways to spend my day, find new hobbies to entertain myself with.

I do though have suitably 'old person' interests and should only fill my time with crosswords, chess, gardening, fishing and listening to classical music.

I probably shouldn't tell him I'm thinking of going back to school....


(Please don't take any of this the wrong way. I have a really good relationship wiht my son and he's very much like I was at that age. I'm mostly just amused that he believes people's personalities and interests are dictated by how old they are!)

About Me

I'm Jack, a recent retiree looking for a new hobby. Apparently 'annoying my girlfriend' isn't the best use of my days. Her opinion, not mine

I'm a life-long science-fiction and superheroes fan, and a voracious reader. I enjoy movies, fishing, astronomy, and gardening.

I live in Wales with my wife, our girlfriend and an ever growing collection of four-legged friends.

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