Happy Birthday, Jean Sibelius!
Johan Julius Christian Sibelius (December 8, 1865 – September 20, 1957) was a Finnish composer is remembered for his tremendous contributions to music of the later Romantic period. Sibelius contributed so much to Finnish national identity that until it was taken out of circulation in 2002, he was featured in the Finnish 100 mark bill. In Finland, the composer's birthday is known as the 'Day of Finnish Music'. His best known work includes a set of seven symphonies, as well as Finlandia, Valse Triste, The Swan of Tuonela, and several other compositions.
This is a campaign for the Stiftung Berliner Harmoniker (the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), photographed by Mierswa and Kluska and developed by art director Björn Ewers. It's easy to get lost in these images of the insides of instruments, which look like a cross between the Matrix and the coolest attic you could imagine.
Some beautiful music to start your Sunday morning.
Kathleen Battle's rendition is simply divine!
Barbara Bonney's effortless singing is a lesson for all singers.
Music transcends all boundaries - cultural, racial, and temporal.
Listen to the original Take Five by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Photo by Simon Brown
In "Auf dem Wasser zu singen," Schubert embellishes a sentimental poem by L. Graf zu Stollberg. The text describes a narrator sitting in a boat, reflecting on the passage of time. The 6/8 meter of the song is reminiscent of a Barcarole and the piano accompaniment mimics the texture of the shimmering waves.
The beautiful and soulful songwriter Fiona Apple recently canceled her South American Tour to spend some time with her beloved dog, Janet. Janet is almost fourteen, and has been ill for the past few years. Fiona posted a handwritten, four–page long letter to her fans, asking them to be patient and "meet a litte while later." It's as beautiful and heart wrenching as you could possibly imagine. Love your pets, and cherish the time you have together.
photo credit: John Deer
Composer, arranger, violist Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, has composed music for four feature films and more than a dozen short films. He has released four albums, and arranged music for artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma and the Kronos Quartet to Jay-Z.
He has recorded as a violist with Yo-Yo Ma, The Andalucian Dogs, The Knights and with his own ensemble, Ljova and the Kontraband, featuring his wife, Inna Barmash, on vocals.
Composer Elliott Carter passed away yesterday in his home in Greenwich Village, New York City; he was one-hundred and three years old. Trained by the great Nadia Boulanger, Carter became one of the foremost American composers of the twentieth century, and remained prolific until the end.
His works included orchestral, operatic, and solo compositions, as well as chamber music. Carter won two Pullitzer Prizes and was known for his intricate rhythmical and tonal style.
Flute Concerto (2008) for flute and ensemble
For many years flutists have been asking for a flute concerto, yet I kept putting it off because I felt that the flute could not produce the sharp attacks that I use so frequently. But the idea of the beautiful qualities of the different registers of the instrument and the extraordinary agility attracted me more and more, so when Elena Bashkirova asked me write something for her and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, I decided it would be a flute concerto. From mid - September, 2007 to March, 2008 ideas and notes for it fascinated me without relief.
- Elliott Carter, May 2008