Chopin’s “Revolutionary” étude.
Liszt’s “Appassionata” étude.
We liked both, but Grace prefers the Chopin and Allegra prefers the Liszt. They are alike in many ways, and quite strikingly different in others. I suppose that it makes sense that each girl has a slightly different preference–they are twins, after all! We could at least agree that they are not hummable tunes! But we definitely prefer this type of Romantic piece over the Erlkonig poem set to music by Schubert
What a dreadful story! The Schubert and the Loewe are in the same period of music, but are completely different animals.
Somewhat better (for our perhaps overly timid natures) is the Schumann song cycle. Here’s the opening song:
Beautiful! “It’s so pretty!” say both the girls. I will refrain from posting the entire cycle here but I think it’s worth purchasing and listening to from start to finish.
Appropos of Professor Carol‘s comment that the shuffle function on the CD player wreaks havoc with the song cycle, I have been thinking over the course of the past few years that once upon a time, artists considered the order of the pieces on their recordings very carefully. Remember (this is dating me, I’m afraid) when there was a “B” side to every single? I was always resistant to the B side–it seemed too strange, too adventurous. I rarely listened to it. And then when I became old enough to purchase entire albums, I had trouble listening to each song all the way through. I wanted to hear only the “singles” that had been played on the radio and were familiar to me. But as I got older I developed a bit more discipline, and I began to see (hear) that the composer or the artist was actually building a musical journey for you, if you would but stay still and listen. It requires patience and quiet, which is always in short supply, especially for young people. But lately I have been thinking again that being able to download a single piece on iTunes has really messed up that “musical journey.” I wonder how artists and composers have responded? I have made my own response–even with pop music, I have been trying to listen to an entire album, start to finish, in order. I do wonder if it matters anymore. However, with two college-age children I also hear a lot of “electronic dance music” from Europe in my house, and I am gratified to note that in that genre, it absolutely DOES matter. Perhaps it’s a European thing? No? It’s fun to ponder, anyway.
Image: By Moritz von Schwind – Old Postcard: F. A. Ackermann’s Kunstverlag, München. Universal-Galerie, Serie 213, Nr. 2175b. (Original uploader was Georg Jäger at de.wikipedia, same file name), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7104703