Some of the albums that caught our attention this month at the FMA.
Some favorites added to the FMA in early 2011
Impressionism in music was a movement in European classical music, mainly in France, which appeared in the late nineteenth century and continued into the beginning of the twentieth century. Similarly to its precursor in the visual arts, musical impressionism focuses on a suggestion and an atmosphere rather than on a strong emotion or the depiction of a story as in program music. Musical impressionism occurred as a reaction to the excesses of the Romantic era....
Musical impressionism was based in France by the French composer Claude Debussy. He and Maurice Ravel were generally considered to be the two "great" impressionists.
Ernest Fanelli was claimed to have innovated the style, though his works were unperformed before 1912. Some important precursors of musical impressionism include works by Chopin, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Chabrier, and Grieg.
The French composer Maurice Duruflé is sometimes said to be "the Ravel of the organ" and is clearly inspired by both Ravel and Debussy in several of his compositions, most notably perhaps the Sicilliene of the Suite pour orgue, op. 5. A Duruflé biography edited by Ronald Ebrecht is even titled "The last Impressionist".
Impressionism has also influenced at least some of the music of Isaac Albéniz, John Alden Carpenter, Frederick Delius, Paul Dukas, Manuel de Falla, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, and Ottorino Respighi....
photo: Kevin Connors
UPDATE: James William Roy "Paper Valentines" replaced by Elliott Sharp with Deborah Harry performing "This Time That Place"
Choral music from The MIT Concert Choir, The Tudor Consort, and Les Petits Chanteurs de Montigny
image: illustration of Hector Berlioz directing choir by Gustave Doré, published in Journal pour Rire, 27 June 1850
Women and girls singing in traditional Eastern and Southeastern European dissonant harmonies are featured in this free compilation of Free Music Archive tunes.
licenses: see individual track info
painting: A Northern Idyll, by Konstantin Korovin, 1886, oil on canvas, housed at The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Traditional and innovative renditions of Satie classics available at the Free Music Archive
THE TRUE MUSICIAN
by Erik Satie
He grows in wisdom...He is brilliant...He learns to do without
and is prepared to make great sacrifices...enormous sacrifices...
if I may say...His energy is tremendous...
In other words he is prepared for the struggle...and with honesty he shall fight it...
The performance of an Art demands complete self-denial...
...It was not meant as a joke what I just said...about sacrifices...
The Music makes heavy demands upon those who want to
devote themselves in it...This is what I have wanted you to call your attention to...
A true musician must subordinate himself his Art; ...he must place himself above human suffering; ...he must draw courage from within...and only from within.
Excerpted from The Satie Archives:
... Satie lived as a true artist, for his music and his ideals. He had no respect for money and lived a poor life for many years. He was never afraid of expressing his true opinion. If he found someone to be a jerk he made this perfectly clear (and took the consequences).
Even though Satie was a fascinating person in many ways, it is his music that is the major reason for his popularity. He was very creative and had a great influence on his colleagues Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Francis Poulenc. Because his music was ahead of his time and regarded as timeless, he also has great influence on many modern composers.
Satie was a forerunner to minimalism. He experimented with what he called furniture music, meant to be in the background rather than listened to. He composed music to be listened at different angles, similar pieces divided into several parts. Many of his compositions have influences from medieval music and from French composers.
His most famous works are the serene Gymnopédies (three similar piano pieces), the mystical Vexations (short piano piece repeated 840 times), the popular piano suite Trois Morceaux en forme de Poire (duet), the ballet Parade (with some very odd instruments) and the ballet Relâche (with film sequences included).
His music was rather unknown and underrated until the 1960s. His popularity has grown ever since....
Kraliçesi Gizli Kabare: The Sultana's Secret Cabaret
Kraliçesi Gizli Kabare: an historic, 800+ year old, private club at the sultanate tropic isle holiday compound; open only to the Sultana, her guests, performers, and insiders; acts feature daring, skill, beauty, strength, wits, eroticism, comedy, and the unimaginable
Hear the sounds of the many colorful acts, imagine yourself escorted into the luxurious open-roofed theatre, dazzled by acts from the world over, tasting the local cuisine, quenched by iced beverages, and overwhelmed by the spectacle. Smell the fine perfumes, limelight fumes, complimentary orange and ginger delight candies, spruce sprays and jasmine bouquets, hookahs, sandalwood, and the warm wood of the historic edifice.
Language: Serbian; Romanian; Turkish; Romani; Russian; Swahili; Azerbaijani
WORK IN PROGRESS UNTIL NOVEMBER 2ND
Alphabetical playlists of artists whose songs are bringing the magic to this year's Día de los Muertos at Oddio Headquarters
Party and procession music from around the world
photo: Katya Oddio, papel flores para Día de los Muertos
a diverse celebratory mix
a somber, respectful mix