Friday, February 08, 2008

Looking for Inspiration

This is what I turn to when I need inspiration. Camille Saint Saens, French composer 1835-1921. Saint Saens, Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso

12 comments:

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...
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DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

You are so right Jeen, I always loved his Danse Macabre.

DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

Try this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQwkgD1UWeM

Phillip said...

A funny guy, Saint-Saens...lived SO long and wrote SO much...a lot of it is forgettable, as if he was cranking out some product on deadline, but the best, like this piece or the 3rd Symphony, is unbelievably great. Can you imagine, as a kid he could well have heard new hot-off-the-presses music by Schumann or even Chopin, then he lived long enough into the era of Stravinsky Rite of Spring, and Schoenberg's dismantling of traditional harmony via the 12-tone-row. Not to mention the history he was witness to. Thanks for the clip, Isaac was magnificent in his prime.

Marie's Two Cents said...

Well GF I know exactly how you feel.

I needed alot of inspiration after Fred dropped out and I have come to realize all is going to be ok.

We just pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and do the best we can with what we have left.

The Glass Is Still Half Full :-)

J_G said...

Thanks for stopping by dd2. I checked out your link and it was very nice. This You Tube thing is great for this. Just type in your favorite artist or song and something comes up

Philip, I'm not a musician but I appreciate very much people who are and can play classical music whether it be a flute, violin, Piano or cello. I can't say that I know all the technical aspects that today's musicians spend so much time fretting over but I understand the time periods and history that was going on around the great composers of the 18th and 19th centuries. The time period of Beethoven is very interesting to me with his music and how some of it is intertwined with the Napoleonic wars.

I'm still angry Marie, it's not Mitt Romney's fault that he just couldn't overcome the mediocrity that the moderates and independents showed up to vote for. McCain is the default nominee because conservatives stayed away in droves again. In the fall, these same people that showed up to vote for McCain in the primary are going to vote for the moderate or liberal congressperson too. Conservatives will stay away then too because McCain is the nominee. I'll show up to vote in the fall but my congressman is shoe in, we haven't sent anyone but a staunch conservative Republican to Congress since before the Civil War. Maybe we'll toss some school board morons out. State reps are the same way, we're by far the most conservative district in all of Pennsylvania. I'll just leave the column for Prez blank unless something changes like McCain's ego gets to be too heavy for him to carry and he croaks from a heart attack.

Mike's America said...

I prefer the Organ Symphony:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpziLCxAA4M

J_G said...

That is a nice one too Mike. I enjoy the Organ music too. There is a world famous organ in Philadelphia at the former John Wanamaker department store (now Macy's)that came from the St Louis world's Fair in the late 1800's. The same woman has been playing the Christmas show since I was a child. It's music is so wonderful

Gayle said...

It's beautiful, Jennifer. Thanks for sharing. I mean that sincerely. I needed that!

J_G said...

I'm glad you liked that Gayle. I love seeing and listening to someone that can play classical music. I have to just listen because when it comes to music for me I about as no talent as they come. I had a music teacher tell me once that I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. So much for playing music. I have XM Radio in my pickup truck and they have three classical music stations that I listen to more than any of the others. I am still upset that Philadelphia has no Classical FM radio staions even though we have one of the finest Orchestras in the world.

Anyway, Thanks for stopping by Gayle. I don't think I've been making any friends lately with my political stances.

Mike's America said...

I guess when it comes to organs, my all time favorite is the Christian Muller (relation?) in the St. Bavo Kerk in Haarlem, Holland. I heard it played years ago:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrPTuErumAY

And Buxtehude isn't bad either.

J_G said...

That is a magnificent work of art Mike. According to it's history both Handel and Mozart have played that organ. Here's the John Wanamaker Grand Organ