Friday, 19 April 2013

Twenty-first Century

Some time after the turn of the century, I cant remember exactly when, I made the decision to tune in to the radio station Classic FM one day, and I suddenly realized how much I'd been missing out on all those years because of not listening to or understanding classical music.

My transformation was instant, I just loved what I was hearing, and since that day I have steadily built up a collection of CDs to reflect my new passion. Three composers stand out head and shoulders above the others for me, they are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwick von Beethoven and Franz Joseph Haydn (the third being a mentor to both of the other two - can you just imagine being a mighty composer, he wrote over 100 symphonies, and also being friends with both Mozart and Beethoven, wow).

One of my favourite Mozart pieces is this one, the second movement of his piano concerto no. 21 (nick-named Elvira Madigan because of its use in the film of the same name)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df-eLzao63I

and my favourite piece of all time is this, Beethoven's 7th symphony, 2nd movement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uOxOgm5jQ4

This clip is slightly over 8 minutes long, but is well worth a listen, if it doesn't move you in one way or another I would be very surprised. Enjoy.

Many thanks to the ladies at Lucky Snapping 2013 for asking us about our Musical Memories, I've really enjoyed the past few days, looking up stuff on YouTube and listening to favourites old and new.

4 comments:

Chrissys4Cards said...

Nope - doesn't do it for me I'm afraid!

karen said...

I am afraid my classic tastes only go as far as Il Divo and they may not be classed as classic. Sat and listened to both this pieces and both are lovely. Prefer the first one though. Thanks for sharing. xx

Ellie Foster said...

Dear Joy
I love Mozart too and my hubby loves Beethoven. I am also enjoying Boccherini, J.C.Bach and some Ronald Binge at the moment too. I have always enjoyed listening to classical music but as my teenage years were during the 1980s, I have a soft spot for all the music around then - Spandau ballet, Adam and the Ants, OMD, Blancmange etc. Hearing the music brings back so many memories!
Best wishes
Ellie

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Our favorites seem to be similar - and I enjoyed listening again on the laptop. I am leaving them playing as I look at other blogs.