Picturing Music

One of the joys and challenges of this blog is to find ways to convey in words what a piece of music is like.  I usually try to paint ‘word-pictures’ and hope that this is successful in at least some small way. How delighted I was to stumble across this post by Creative Review, which highlights an […]

Jazzy Bach

I wrote last year about classical music that had undergone something of a transformation in various ways.  In that post, I referenced Jacques Loussier’s arrangement of J S Bach’s Air on a G String. I was reminded of this recently when I heard a jazzed-up version of some more of Bach’s work.  The piece played on […]

Boléro (again…!)

One further foray into the world of re-interpretations today. You may recall my recent post about Maurice Ravel’s Boléro.  Here is the magificent Pink Martini with their rendition. It is great to see and hear it again.  Hub and I first had experience of this wonderful piece at our first Pink Martini concert in London […]

Musical Shakespeare

“For your sweet music this last night, I do Protest my ears were never better fed With such delightful pleasing harmony.” William Shakespeare ~ Pericles: 2.5.26   You would have to have been on another planet not to notice recently that it was the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on 23 April. […]

Ravel’s Boléro

Last weekend, Mr Tracks and I heard Maurice Ravel’s Boléro on the radio. This famous work has stayed with me all week, and I feel compelled to write about it. Here it is being played at the 2014 BBC Proms by the the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. There is an excellent and […]

“For hearts and for minds….

…the moment is supreme.” – Franz Schubert Franz Schubert wrote a huge range of classical music during his short lifetime (1797-1828).  There are two chamber pieces I would like to highlight in this post. Why have I picked these out of the many hundreds I could have chosen?  I think they represent a fascinating contrast between […]

“Sweet is the music of the harp”*

As you may have gathered, things have been somewhat frenetic in my Leaping world over the last week or so.  The launch of my new blog, LeapingLife, has been very exciting and I have enjoyed getting into the swing of trying to meet my aim of delivering a post a day. But it is important to […]