This piece was written by the 18-year-old Debussy while he was staying in Italy. Beautiful music. I began studying it yesterday, so you can watch for live performances of it in the near future
Just enjoyed listening to these side by side……….
It seems like we just went out there last week for the first time, vying for a place on the Promenade, being given a dark spot on the alley next to the movie theater, Keith joining in with his spoons, and us all making a sweet $60 that paid for our dinner. That was the birth of String Theory. One year later and we’re going strong with an international following, a complete album of original songs, and a full calendar of gigs across So Cal. It’s amazing to see where creativity and friendship can lead! A special thank you to Sarah, Ken, and Keith. You guys mean a whole lot to me. Thanks of all our fans for the encouragement and for continuing to explore parallel universes of sound with us!
Just heard about this Norwegian instrument. It has nine strings, some of them sympathetic, which are tuned according to the various systems found in different regions of Norway. I thought these girls did an awesome job. Fun video.
Gotta love this! Someone recently told me about a performance where the musicians weren’t playing instruments, they were playing feelings. This guy’s got it down!
Yes, here’s the video of our Mendelssohn Trio taken this summer at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arcadia. This is the first movement. Special thanks to John Cancilla for taking the video for me We’ll be performing this work again at the University of La Verne on October 19, 2012 in the evening (time to be announced).
Danielle Rosaria Cummins on violin with Benjamin Coyte, cello and Vernon Snyder, piano
Why is it that all cultures (if you know of one that purposefully doesn’t, let me know) have some kind of music? Go to the streets of New York or the outback of Australia and where there are people there’s music. It’s found in stores, in ear phones, cars, concert halls, airplanes, you name it, it’s everywhere, sometimes to such a pitch that competing styles overlap and the uniqueness of each genre can hardly be distinguished. Most of us identify ourselves with a particular type of music, something that is uniquely us, reminds us of where we come from, why we’re special, who we are. How is it that sounds, with or without words, can speak to us and sometimes unite, sometimes distinguish us culturally and intellectually. Well, leaving how they do this aside for the present, the fact is that they do. Go to a rock concert and you’ll see huge numbers of people from different backgrounds, parts of the country, ages, but one thing they have in common: the music. For a brief time you’ll see all these people united in one positive experience because of their common musical culture, because it speaks to them about things they’ve gone through. Music tells us about things that happen to us and let’s us know that other people experience those things too. The style is the language that comes from the culture, but the truths that good music allows us to understand are universal. Music tells us that in spite of all the stuff that goes on around us, all the confusion and pain, there are still things under the surface that are beautiful, organized, holy, and good. Every good bit of music is a testimony to the victory of a human person. This video of Hilary Hahn performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 made me think of these things.
If you want to know what music does, watch this video to the end:
The String Theory original “Forest of Cedars” has been completed and is now part of our standard set list. The subject is rather an unusual one for this type of musical setting. It’s based on the four-thousand-year-old Mesopotamian epic poem about Gilgamesh, King of Uruk. This particular piece is about the middle part of the story, when Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu travel to the ancient cedar forest to fight it’s guardian, the monster Humbaba. It’s a timeless story about the quest for gaining immortality by means of far-reaching fame. The studio version of the song will be featured in our upcoming album. The video was taken at our last two gigs, the Blue Fin and the Anaheim Farmer’s Market. You can learn more about what String Theory’s up to at stringtheoryquartet.net.
[Narrator] Harken and I’ll tell you a story a story of long ago a tale about fame and glory, life and death and friend and foe.
Knowing that his body was mortal and longing for his soul to be free the king of Uruk, high-walled city, set out on a quest to seek immortality.
[Gilgamesh] Come friend and we’ll go together! Come friend and I’ll show you the way, the way to make our names forever shine with a glory that’s bright as the day!
In the distant land across the desert, many days journey from here, there stands an ancient cedar forest guarded by terror and evil and fear.
We will go into the forest of cedars and fight him who the gods of old have given careful watch of their forest Humbaba its guardian from times untold!
Friend, we slew him, the monster Humbaba, at whose cry all the mountains quaked! We shall fell the lofty cedar and take it to Uruk in triumph and honor and praise!
Just had to share this! Here’s a video of what the orchestra sees: