Without music, life would be a mistake” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

One of my favourite aspects of the blogging world is that wonderful exchange of tips and recommendations, new and old, which allows us to gather up new things to read, listen to, watch, and think about. In that spirit of sharing, here are three random pieces of music which I have enjoyed listening to this week.


In my last post, I included a piano piece by Schubert which had been adapted for solo piano by Liszt. In fact, Liszt was well known for his prolific output of transcriptions of music by other composers. Here’s a beautiful example, from The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz:


It’s always a treat to discover the work of new-to-me composers. Maddalena Laura Sirmen was an Italian composer, violinist and singer. I have been listening to her suite of six string quartets, which are absolutely charming. I particularly like No3 in G Minor:


And finally, for something completely different, here is Gershwin’s overture to the musical Strike Up the Band – an unmistakable sound and a rousing accompaniment to life! 🙂



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