For those who like Vivaldi(31 posts)
Vivaldi for six hours? Piece of cake. I could listen to his work for more than six hours easily. Vivaldi was a very prolific composer (the Leroy Anderson of his day) so six hours of his music could easily include no repeated selections. I easily have six hours of nonrepeated Vivaldi on my computers.
One of the joys of retirement is I do have the time (or, rather, can make it). I'm also fortunate in that I can listen to music and do some other tasks as well (generally, mindless repetitious ones or when I'm driving alone for long distances) or only just listen to music. Besides, no one said you had to listen to it all in one sitting. I have play lists set up that may be several hours long but I don't always listen to them in one shot. My music player (Media Monkey) will pick up where it left off (as does the CD changer in my truck)
I enjoy listening to Vivaldi and some of his music is exceptionally beautiful - however, I don't think I could listen to six hours of non-stop Vivaldi.
This reminds me of a famous quote -
Apparently, Antonio Vivaldi wrote thirty-five concerti - all for the bassoon.
Igor Stravinsky once quipped - "Vivaldi wrote the same bassoon concerto thirty-five times."
Big deal, Haydn wrote over a 125 trios just for the Baryton (a Baroque instrument that's like a cello on steroids) as well as numerous other pieces for it. I have recordings of all the known ones (a few are missing).
Vivaldi does have a distinctive style but that doesn't mean his music all sounds the same. Stravinsky, on the other hand... (the notable exception being Peter and the Wolf).
The next time I drive out to CA (a six or seven hour drive, depending on my destination) I'll load up my CD changer in my truck with at least six hours worth of Vivaldi and let you all know how that goes. I doubt it will be a problem.
I used to listen to a lot of Vivaldi years ago until all the Italian restaurants opened in Ealing.
One can have too much of 'The Red Priest'
For a ten hour drive I can recommend 'The best Renaissance Music'
As somebody who plays the Viola da Gamba and is very involved in the repertoire, I am delighted to see there ae some people here who love this music. Lady Fitzgerald mentioned the Baryton - and I have a friend near me here in New York who owns two of them and often plays them professionally in concerts.
Earlier this week I attended a three-hour workshop for viols where we played some madrigals by Gesualdo.
Recently, I discovered an internet radio station which streams what is commonly referred to as "Early Music" and might be a source of interest to others.
It will give you the option to choose your method of streaming - WMP, iTunes, etc - which will open in a separate window so you can continue your other PC activities. The main window also has a "Playlist" option, which open a small window, providing information on the piece being played, as well as the performers - in case you want to find more by that particular composer or group.
It's completely free - although there is a "Donate" link on the main page - however they never interrupt the music to ask for donations.
I fell in love with Early Music back in the late eighties and began attending many concerts here in NY City.
I had the chance to see the well-known Jordi Savall in concert on a number of occasions, and after seeing him play a recital on one particular evening, I was struck with the irresistible urge to try and see if I could learn to play it, on some level.
Having the advantage of a musical background, I reached out to a few people here, who pointed me in the right direction and - with the help of some wonderful friends - I was able to pick up the viol. That was about twelve years ago and it has opened up a whole new world of repertoire and performance practice - not to mention all the wonderful people I've met along the way.
I own a bass and treble viol - (the treble from a maker in he U.K. for those here who may be interested) and play almost every week - often in a mixed ensemble of viols and recorders; although I do love playing viol consort music.
And finally - in deference to the Lady's part-Irish heritage - I also play the Highland Bagpipes.
Try out Ancient FM and see how you like it.
I prefer the uilleann pipes however I do remember being blown away in Tucson several years ago at the Highland Games down there when around 40-50 Highland pipers took the field at sunset and started playing IN PERFECT TUNE! As if my flabber wasn't already gasted by the spectacular sunset andthem being all in tune, they then broke out in three part harmony. That was an experience I'll never forget, no matter how senile I get. I still cherish my list of bagpipe jokes.
My favorite periods of music are Baroque followed by Renaissance. I get miffed when the local classical music station (and the NPR feed) refer to Baroque as primitive music. Old, yes. Primitive? Not hardly. I'll check out Ancient FM later.
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