Saturday, August 28, 2010

SABATO MUSICALE

I was delighted to be able to report this week that one of my favourite composers, Ennio Morricone, will receive the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm on Monday.

I do love Chi Mai, which was the theme for Le Professionel  but also for a largely forgotten 1981 TV series, The Life and Times of David Lloyd George.



10 comments:

Claude said...

Thank you! I love him too, not just as a composer and a maestro. In his youth, he chose the trumpet (as my younger son did) for the instrument to study. He was an inspiration. I'm so happy for the Movie and TV careers of our today's composers and musicians. It would be so easy just to dig in the old stuff. Many producers do, and I love it. But my son enjoys playing soli which have never been played much before, and to add his own touch to a new composition.

A bit sad (isn't it?) that prolific, beautiful Mozart died poor. And prolific, interesting Morricone has done so well. Autres temps....

amethyst said...

One of my favourite, ever, pieces of music...also used for the BBC series about David Lloyd George.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Claude. Yes, it would be easy to use the old stuff. Yes, so sad when you think of Mozart. Who is your son's favourite composer? Hi, amethyst. I loved that series.

Sean Jeating said...

Is it just me, or does this recording sound ... how to explain ... steril; like produced in a soundproof cell?

Why would I ask? It's a fine piece. And I like Morricone.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

It sounds fine to me, Sean.

lakeviewer said...

He is fabolous, and most deserving.

amethyst said...

Silly me,Welshcakes, I was so taken to see your mention of Chi Mai that I neglected to notice your mention of Lloyd George, in my haste to comment! Must pay more attention and less haste... The prize is well-deserved for his wonderfully evocative body of work. Perhaps an interview would be in order for Italy magazine? :)

Claude said...

Kevin specially likes the Baroque composers, Welshcakes They offer fine music to a trumpet player. As listeners, Bach is a favourite for us. But Morricone wrote a very challenging, difficult piece: the "UT" Trumpet Concerto, which my son loved to practice. I looked on YouTube, and sadly it presents only the beginning. It shows how diversified Morricone is as a composer. Thank you again for this post, and your attention.

Claude said...

Actually, Welshcakes, when I would ask Kevin, and his friends from the orchestra, who was their favourite composer, they always answered, "The one who has written a solo for my instrument, and is chosen by the concertmaster for the next concert." Whether a violin, oboe, clarinet, cello etc. they were always so eager to play a solo, not so much for the glory, but to do it with a full orchestra as a background for their instrument.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I agree,!lakeviewer. Don't worry, Amethyst - we all do things like that! An interview would be fantastic. Hi, Claude. I see what you mean about the Baroque composers. I hadn't heard of the "UT" Trumpet Concerto but will look it up now. What a lot one can learn from blogging! Kevin and his friends obviously really love music. Thank you for sharing this delightful insight.

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