Category: Music

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Contemporary music scholar George Grove called it “the greatest marvel of early maturity that the world has ever seen in music”. It was written as a concert overture, not associated with any performance of the play. The Overture was written after Mendelssohn had read a German translation of the play in 1826.

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Iontach maith!

Boss Sounds Manifesto are what I gather to be an Irish pub band.  To me, a pub band comprises journeymen who do a mechanically neat and acceptable series of songs in a pub context, enough to get you through the evening.

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Adriano Celentano

Consider this a musically enhanced text rather than a padded-out musical post. Let’s start with one of these doing the rounds [via Chuckles]:

A guy texts his wife – “ Darling, I had a bad accident at work this morning and fell from great height, Sarah kindly rushed me to the hospital, the doctors have examined me and tested me, they have x-rayed the damage in my legs and say I may never walk again, and will possibly stay in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.”

The wife texts back “Who’s Sarah?”

I’m actually with the wife here – I would too. If my partner used the first name of a member of the opposite sex [same sex as me], I’d be interested too – time for the first piece [of music, that is]:

Celentano is a cultural icon in Italy [born 1938], not in the manner of an old man who’s overstayed his welcome but because he represents all that is irreverent in that country – if you know anything of the language, you’d know it’s full of crude jargon and references – and he taps the soul of pre-overrun Italy like few others.… More here ...

Something for Epiphany [2]

Now this one’s nice for me, maybe it doesn’t do much for you. Do you remember that Baroque music and those girls [and two chaps] doing Zefiro Torna?  It was a bizarre version and yet it was completely right for Monteverdi – he would have chuckled how they handled it.

Well anyway, I subscribed, dinn I, and that was the last I heard.

Until yesterday.  First, before that, I found another older one of F# Portraits project.  Those two girls were clearly the centrepiece:

But this new one is now on Youtube and I’m not sure it’s the same girls – think it’s them from the voices. Thing is, students grow up and become men and women. I’m pretty sure the bassist is the same and he has definitely aged in these years, as have we all.

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