Music Suggestions: It’s a Jungle in Hear
In case you missed last month’s Tune Talk music discussion group at the Amelia Branch Library, have no fear! We are presenting it you now in blog form. But really, you should come for October’s program, entitled “One City, One Symphony.” We’ll be listening to Beethoven and Dvorak, two giants of the classical music world. It’ll be a smashing time.
In our latest Tune Talk, called “It’s a Jungle in Hear” (pun intended), we listened to some of the greats of classical music who were inspired by the animal kingdom. Here’s are some of our choicest selections for your listening pleasure:
Tune Talk Picks
1) Perhaps the most famous piece of animal-themed music is Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. Interestingly enough, Saint-Saens originally wrote it for a private audience and forbade public performances of this delightful work, with the exception of “The Swan” movement. He feared it would tarnish his reputation. Ironically, it is his most well-known work. We listened to the following tracks: “The Swan,” “Aquarium,” and “Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods.”
2) When artist Viktor Hartmann died tragically of an aneurism in his late twenties, his friend, Modest Mussorgsky, wrote a tribute to him entitled Pictures at an Exhibition. I suggest that you listen to it in its entirety. If you don’t have time for that, at least listen to the “Ballet of Unhatched Chickens.” Based on Hartmann’s costume designs for a children’s ballet, you can hear the chirping of the fowl and their frenetic movements.
3) Ottorino Respighi’s The Birds is not an instrumental send-up of the Hitchcock classic, although perhaps trying to synch them might yield interesting results. In contrast to Hitchcock’s homicidal avians, Respighi’s birds are placid, songful creatures. Based on Renaissance and Baroque methods of composition, this twentieth-century work has an antique feel that gives a sense of timelessness. The entire composition is lovely, but we listened to “The Dove.”
Now for a shameless plug. If you clicked the hyperlinks, you probably noticed that they lead to albums on Hoopla. What is Hoopla!? Hoopla is a new streaming service offered by the library that includes not only a wide assortment of music but also audiobooks, books and films. What’s even better is that there are no waiting lists–immediate gratification! If you are interested in Hoopla and any of our other downloadable services but don’t know where to start, call up or stop in at your nearest branch. We’re delighted to help. And while you’re at it, stop in at the next Tune Talk at Amelia!