Archive for September, 2014

Enya – Lazy Days

Late night study music, so unfortunately not actually lazy…

The Piano Guys – Batman Evolution

The first piece on our concert program was a fanfare that we commissioned for the opening of the orchestra’s 40th season, so there are no recordings of it that I know of. Instead, I’m posting the music I was listening to before the concert, The Piano Guys’ latest release. I’m not too familiar with any Batman but the most recent Dark Knight trilogy, but the music for all three is pretty cool.

Lensko – Luna

Zoltán Kodály – Háry János Suite (Performed by Georg Solti & the Wiener Philharmoniker)

Tonight was opening night for the new orchestra season, and this is the last piece from our program. I had never heard of this composer, let alone this piece, but it is fun, and features a cimbalom, or a traditional Hungarian hammered dulcimer. The suite is from an opera of the same name about a retired Hungarian soldier recounting (and significantly inflating) his stories from the war with Napoleon. The suite ends at 24 minutes into the video.

Stromae – Papaoutai

I hadn’t heard this song until Pentatonix covered it on their most recent album, but it’s catchy and presents an important point about being a parent. I suggest turning closed captioning on to get the translation of the lyrics (assuming you don’t speak French).

Antonín Dvořák – Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 4 “Sousedska” (Performed by Wolfgang Wolfgang Sawallisch & the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)

It’s concert week! This is one of the pieces I’m playing in our first orchestra series of the season, starting on Friday.

Enya – Only Time

Trying to relax about chem exam on Wednesday…