Hilary Hahn on Violin
April In Paris by Sarah Vaughn accompanied by Leader/Arranger: Ernie Wilkins, Clifford Brown (trumpet), Herbie Mann (flute), Paul Quinichette (tenor), Jimmy Jones (piano), Joe Benjamin (bass), and Roy Haynes (drums). Recorded in New York, December 18, 1954.
Some days you run across something that can’t wait a week.
After listening for the 3rd time to Sunday’s selection I noticed You-Tube suggested this YO-YO-Ma video. Don’t just listen to the music, watch the video too. In a world where disunity seems to dominate it is inspiring to be reminded how we are all human. And it doesn’t hurt that Yo-YO Ma is playing Bach.
It was a busy Saturday, yard work to do, gardens to plan. For the first time my digging turned up earthworms. Spring is here. I almost forgot Sunday was coming.
I really enjoyed this rendition of Appalachian Spring I hope you do too.
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel – String Quartet in E-Flat Major
Fanny Mendelssohn, the older sister of Felix, was a prolific composer, a
skilled pianist and a respected hostess of a flourishing Berlin salon (a
fashionable gathering of notables, such as artists or statemen, held at the
home of a prominent individual). Fanny and Felix shared a common music
education and developed an unusually close sibling relationship. When she
was a child the family encouraged Fanny’s involvement in music, not just as
a performer but as a composer, but as she matured into womanhood her
father let her know unequivocally that, while she had great musical talent,
she would do best to focus on being a wife and mother. In a letter to her in
1820 he stated, “Music will perhaps become his [Felix’s] profession, while
for you it can and must be only an ornament”
Fanny’s music reflects her deep reverence for both Bach and Beethoven as
well as a strong influence from her brother. It exhibits a fine craftsmanship
and lyricism typical of the post-Classical Mendelssohnian style, combined
with her own experimental and inventive approach to form and content.
The String Quartet in E flat major was composed in 1834. This imaginative
and elegantly lyrical work was Fanny’s only one in the genre and acknowledges her debt to the quartets of Beethoven.