Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Mozart Serenade No. 10 for winds

August 29, 2020

I’ve been holding this one back too long.  I lifted it from Decker’s Dispatches from the Asylum blog, whose posts always end with a great musical selection

“Stormy Weather” in color

August 22, 2020

These is a colorized scene from the 1943 movie “Stormy Weather.”  Cab Calloway and his Cotton Club Orchestra play “Jumpin’ Jive.”  The tap dancers are the Nicolas Brothers.


Stormy Weather Rolled Into Theaters 75 Years Ago by Troy Brownfield for the Saturday Evening Post (2018)

William Tell Overture performed on Tesla Coils

August 15, 2020

For those who did not understand what is going on this video, here’s a brief explanation from the Franzoli Electronics YouTube Page: The main loud music really comes from the Tesla coil sparks. They are literally playing the music due to the programmed phase, pulse width and firing frequency! So, there are no speakers, no audio / video special effects. It looks even better in person and sounds almost the same, just without the beat / percussion backing track.


Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

August 7, 2020

Vivaldi Concerto in A minor for two violins

August 3, 2020

I’ve been holding this one back too long.  I lifted it from Decker’s Dispatches from the Asylum, a blog whose posts always end with a great musical selection.

Mozart’s “Jupiter” symphony

August 2, 2020

I feel a need to post other things besides commentary on the sorry state of the world.

I could listen to this all day

July 25, 2020

Knight Rider theme for eight cellos, one cellist

May 30, 2020

This is a version of the Knight Rider theme song by London-based cellist Samara Ginsberg

Hat tip to Jason Kottke.

2020: An Isolation Odyssey

April 18, 2020

Hat tip to Atrios.

Opera North, a 40-year-old opera company based in Leeds, England, had to cancel concert performances of Richard Strauss’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra” because of the coronavirus pandemic.  But players from the orchestra decided that the show must go on – virtually.

Here are the first few minutes (most famously used in “2001: A Space Odyssey”) played by musicians from 40 different homes under the UK lockdown, conducted from Sweden by Tobias Ringborg.

Bee Gees parody on the coronavirus

April 11, 2020

Max Richter’s Tiny Desk concert

March 7, 2020

Composer Max Richter, accompanied by a string quartet, plays a Tiny Desk concert for National Public Radio.  Hat tip to

Concerto for mandolin and two violins

February 14, 2020

Blue Train performed by John Coltrane

February 1, 2020

I plucked this video from Decker’s Dispatches from the Asylum blog, which has an excellent music video at the end of very post.

For what it’s worth…

January 18, 2020

Baroque chamber music for train horns

December 14, 2019

Sources: The Kid Should See This and

Johann Pachelbel composed his Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo sometime between 1680 and 1706,  I don’t recall ever hearing Pachelbel’s Canon under that name, but the music is strangely familiar.

A Czech named Pavel Jirásek edited short bits from ACETrainsUK’s horn compilation of trains in the United Kingdom with other clips of train horns to recreate the melody of the famous chamber music composition.

Sweet Georgia Brown by Wynton Marsalis Quintet

September 28, 2019

I lifted this from Decker’s Dispatches from the Asylum blog, which ends each post with an excellent music video.

Sixteen levels of complexity in ‘Happy Birthday’

July 20, 2019

This is from Jason Kottke’s blog.

Watch, listen, and learn as pianist and composer Nahre Sol plays what you might think of as a very simple song, Happy Birthday, in 16 increasing levels of complexity.  She starts out using a single finger and ends by playing an original composition that seemingly requires 12 or 13 fingers to play. This gave me, a musical dunce, a tiny glimpse into what a composer does.

Source: A Demonstration of 16 Levels of Piano Playing Complexity

Why Johnny Cash was the Man in Black

June 7, 2019

Johnny Cash always dressed in black, unlike most the gaudy outfits, sometimes with rhinestones, worn by other country-western singers.

He composed the song, “The Man in Black,” after talking to students at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and first performed it to an all-student audience at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 17, 1971.  Here are the lyrics.

Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,

why you never see bright colors on my back,

and why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.

Well, there’s a reason for the things that I have on.

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,

livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town.

I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,

but is there because he’s a victim of the times.


A joyous flash mob symphony In Spain

April 6, 2019

This performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy was sponsored by the Sabadell bank in Spain in honor of the 130th anniversary of its founding.  It is headquartered in Alicante, Spain, so that is probably the location of the performance.  The bank was founded Dec. 31, 1881.

Merle Hazard, country musician economist

February 9, 2019

Time for a change of pace.  Merle Hazard (not to be confused with the great Merle Haggard) claims to be the world’s leading country musician-economist.  Click on his name for more about him and more selections.  Hat tip to


Merry Christmas 2018

December 24, 2018

Making a joyful noise

October 27, 2018

The enduringly popular Big Noise from Winnetka was created spontaneously by members of a band called the Bobcats performing at the Blackhawk restaurant in Chicago in 1938.  When some of the members of the bank were late getting back from a break, composer and bass player Bob Haggart and drummer Ray Bauduc started improvising.

It was such a hit that they made a recording, and performed it many more times through their careers.  According to Wikipedia, Haggart whistled the melody and play while Bauduc accompanied him on a drum.  About halfway through, Bauduc starting drumming on the strings of the bass.

Later more elaborate arrangements were made.  The version above was performed by the Midland College Jazz Ensemble in Midland, Texas, in 2014.

Winnetka is a suburb of Chicago.

Teenage cellist plays at royal wedding

May 22, 2018


Nineteen-year-old Sheku Kenneh-Mason played the cello for guests at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.   He is one of seven remarkable brothers and sisters who play a wide range of musical instruments..  Theirs is quite a story.


Merry Christmas 2016

December 24, 2016

Happy Birthday, Jesus by Addison Del Mastro for The American Conservative.

The oldest written melody known

September 11, 2016

The Hurrian Hymn was recorded in Cuneiform notation 3,400 years ago in Ugerit, or New Canaan, in modern-day Syria.  It is dedicated to Nikkal, the Hurrian goddess of the orchards, and was discovered in the 1950s.