Classical Music Handbook...goes with Remedy for Rap disks.

 

You should must study this booklet every day. Read it every chance you can. Carry it around with you. Put it in your bathroom. Learn it as well as you know the multiplication tables. Use it to teach....kids are especially receptive to classical music...but so are adults. But note that its purpose is not to teach you the sound portion of the program, but instead the interesting facts about the composers...and to familiarize you with the names of the SPARKLERS.

 

What you have following in this handbook is a shortened version of the narration you heard on the CDs. Enjoy and learn!!! Just the facts, Ma’am. A suggestion is to learn shortened versions of each Sparkler. For example, learn Beethoven Sonata Number 8, Pathetique, just as Beethoven’s, Pathetique, or Bach’s, Orchestral Suite Number 4 in D Major, “Rejoicing” , just as Rejoicing. And don’t forget we have learning exercises at www.RemedyforRap.com

 

Track 1: Introduction…These CD's called Remedy for Rap but has nothing against Rap...just a name for a virtual tour around Europe to visit Rabaphobic doctors who are supposed to be giving you antidotes to Rap, as if you needed it.…Antidotes are another name for Sparklers. Sparklers are classical music excerpts heard frequently, television, radio, commercials, movies, cartoons video games, etc…but, you never knew names, or from whence they came…now you not only have satisfaction identifying Sparklers by name, but much interesting information about composers…you will, assuredly be proud of yourself and amaze your friends…there are 109…yes…109 Sparkler that cover the greatest hits of over 75 classical music CDs…they only standards, no duds...as mentioned we take you on an imaginary trip around Europe and Russia to Rap medicinal centers to receive treatment, the Sparklers in forms of medical names such as potions, sanations, purgatives, etc.…everyone welcome on this journey, no matter if love Rap, rock and roll, blues, jazz, bebop, swing, soul, or bongo drums…trip meant to be fun for all… program is not meant to disparage anyone…composers (doctors of Rapaphobia) presented in time order…that way will see the evolution of the medicine that is fortifying you…ranking in terms of top fifty greatest classical composers supplied for each doctor/composer, according to a man named Phil Goulding, who wrote a book called Classical Music: the 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1000 Greatest Work, scholarly, but as with all such works is subjective...yet fun to see if you agree.

 

Track 2: Johann Pachelbel…Germany…lived, 1653 to 1706...taught Johann Christoph Bach play organ, who taught play, Johann Sebastian Bach…not ranked, top 50 greatest composers by Goulding.

 

Sparkler 1:  Canon D…probably 1698…Definition—Canon, several voices or instruments imitating one another, each entering before the previous one has ended, causing overlapping effect…akin to the Three Blind Mice, and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

 

Track 3: Antonio Vivaldi…Italian clergyman “Red Priest…banned from holding service…ostensibly for health reasons...born circa 1678, died in 1741…ranked by Goulding as  #37 history…most famous work, Four Seasons, set of four concertos, 1725…Definition—Concerto, a work of music that contrasts a solo instrument or instruments with an orchestra.

Sparkler 2: Vivaldi…from the first concerto of Four Seasons, Concerto Number 1 in E Major, commonly called Spring.

Sparkler 3: Vivaldi…Four Seasons, Concerto Number 4 in F Minor, called Winter.

 

Track 4: Johann Sebastian Bach…Germany…considered by Goulding  greatest classical composer of all…lived 1685 to 1750…had 20 children…called student “nanny goat bassoonist”, knife incident…also known to throw his huge wig.

 

Sparkler 4: Bach…Toccata and Fugue…Probably, 1709…Definition—Toccata, piece where musician just touches keys not hold them. Definition—Fugue, an elaborate form of a round or canon based on layers of melodies or voices.

 

Sparkler 5: Bach… Oboe Concerto in D Minor, 1731:

 

Sparkler 6: Bach…Overture Number 1 in C Major, Passepied…Definition—Passepied, French dance resembling a fast minuet.

 

Sparkler 7: Bach…Orchestra Suite Number 3, Second Movement…probably 1727… better known, Air on a G String arranged, August Wilhelm to present form, 1871….Definition—Air, a simple tune for voice or instrument, a “melody”. 

 

Sparkler 8: Bach…Minuet in G Major…harpsichord form.. part of the famous 18 piece, Anna Magdalena Notebook…written, 1725…music put to words, group The Toys in 1965, called A Lover’s Concerto, gold record…used, 1995 movie, Mr. Holland’s Opus.

 

Sparkler 9: Bach…Orchestral Suite Number 4 in D Major, named “Rejoicing” by Bach.

 

Track 5: George Fredrick Handel…German…gained greatest, acclaim in England…lived 1685 to 1759…considered by Beethoven greatest of all composers,  quote, “ I could learn from him”…sword duel, only saved by button on suit…rank by Goulding, #9.

 

Sparkler 10: Handel…Air, from Water Music Suite…probably composed for King George I of England, 1717, played orchestral boat, Thames River…often heard times of prayer, meditation at weddings, funerals.

 

Sparkler 11: Handel…Water Music, called Hornpipe.

 

Sparkler 12: HANDEL…Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from oratorio, Solomon, 1749…Definition—Oratorio is a religious text, set to music, with no scenery, but with singing and orchestra.

 

Sparkler 13: HANDEL…Messiah, Hallelujah Chorus, 1742…often heard at Christmas, actually for Easter…greatest oratorio all classical music.

 

Sparkler 14: HANDEL…Opera, Xerxes, Largo, 1738…Definition—largo, coming from the Italian word “largamente” meaning slow.

 

Track 6: Franz Joseph Haydn…Germany… lived 1732 to 1809…cheery personality even with grumpy wife…Goulding ranks #5…major credit for developing  string quartet, and the symphony…wrote the incredible number of 104!!…teacher of  Mozart…called him “Papa…also instructor of Beethoven…though latter didn’t like his teaching…Napoleon ordered house protected when bombing Vienna, 1809.

 

Sparkler 15: Haydn…Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat Major…1796 for Anton Weidinger, the inventor of the cornet:

 

Sparkler 16: Haydn…String Quartet Number 77, Second Movement: Emperor’s Hymn 1797…melody, present day German national anthem, formerly national anthem of Austria…from a Croatian song.

 

Sparkler 17: Haydn…Serenade Opus 3, Number 5…Definition—Serenade, a musical piece played, lover beneath his lady’s…Definition— Opus from Latin, opus, meaning a “work”, way of merely keeping track of composer’s works…Definition—Serenade, a musical piece to be played by lover under his lady’s window.

 

Sparkler 18: Haydn…94th Symphony, best known as Surprise Symphony, 1791…. frequent changes in speed; explosive changes volume…done to keep audiences from nodding off to sleep...variation of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.

 

Track 7: Luigi Boccherini…“one-shot” wonder…Italy…lived 1743 to 1805… a cello player…created music for Napoleon’s older brother…not ranked by Goulding. 

 

Sparkler 19: Boccherini… String Quintet in E Major…1771…a minuet so well-known in classical music that many call it “THE Minuet”…Definition: Minuet a stately dance that was popular in Europe during the 1800 and 1900’s:

 

Track 8: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart…megastar composer…ranked Goulding #2!!…Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart so monumental really impossible to say which greatest…Austria…lived 1756 to 1791…suffered sore throats, fevers, probably rheumatic fever and strep infections… child prodigy, composing five years old….legend says that as tot, upon hearing pig squeal, said “G sharp”.

 

Sparkler 20: Mozart…Piano Concerto 21, commonly called Elvira Madigan, 1785… two 20th century movies of same name used it’s music, 1943, 1967.

 

Sparkler 21: Mozart…Little Night Time Music, first movement, Allegro…in German, “Eine Kliene Nachtmusik”…serenade, 4 movements written, in one day!!!, August 10, 1787…Definition—Allegro, Italian, in a fast speed, lively.

 

Sparkler 22: Mozart…Horn Concerto Number 3…2nd Movement, 1783:

 

Sparkler 23: Mozart…Opera…Overture, Marriage of Figaro, 1786.

 

Sparkler 24: Mozart…Piano Sonata in A Major, last movement:  Rondo alla Turca…1778…Definition—Sonata, composition in several movements for one or two instruments.  Definition— Rondo, musical piece in which a part keeps repeating itself…Definition—Turca, played in Turkish style, military bands, simulation of percussion instruments.

Sparkler 25:  Mozart…Symphony Number 40, 1788:

 

Sparkler 26: Mozart…Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, variation of French song…also called Baa Baa Black Sheep:

 

Track 9: Ludwig van Beethoven… Germany…lived 1770 to 1827…megastar, ranked #3, Goulding…”Da da, da daaa”, most famous sound  in western world…going deaf, by age thirty, cut legs off pianos, put his head against the floor,  “hear” vibrations…water over head, to keep awake while composing.

 

Sparkler 27: Beethoven…Egmont Overture, 1810…power!!

 

Sparkler 28: Beethoven…Fifth Symphony, 1807, 5 years after hearing problems began….first 4 notes of this piece, ”Da da, da daaa”, letter V Morse code…World War II,  British played during opening theme, news broadcasts, signifying “V” for victory.

 

Sparkler 29: Beethoven…Bagatelle Fur Elise…1808…German, a short instrumental piece for Theresa…publisher couldn’t read handwriting, published girl’s name as Elise…Definition—Bagatelle, short, light piece for piano.

 

Sparkler 30: Beethoven: The Minuet in G…1795.

 

Sparkler 31: Beethoven…Moonlight Sonata…named 1832,  poet, Ludwig Rellstab, reminded him, moonlight ripples on Lake Lucerne.

 

Sparkler 32: Beethoven: Sonata Number 8, Pathetique…1798…one of only two sonatas, named personally by Beethoven.

 

Sparkler 33: Beethoven…Ode to Joy, last movement Ninth Symphony…1825…stone deaf by now, two more years to live.

 

Sparkler 34: Beethoven…Romance Number 2 in F…1802.

 

Track 10: Gioacchino Rossini…Italy, lived 1792 to 1868...ranked #30, Goulding…40 operas by age 38, very rich, then suffered nervous breakdown, didn’t write again until last year of life, 38 years later…didn’t need to work…visited Beethoven, cried upon his poverty, discomfort.

 

Sparkler 35: Rossini…Barber of Seville, opera, 1810:

 

Sparkler 36: Rossini…William Tell Overture…1829…Lone Ranger television show.

 

Track 11: Franz Schubert…German…lived 1797 to 1828, 31 years, youngest to die…short, 4’ 11”, maybe 5’ 1”…pudgy, “the mushroom”…rank, Goulding  #7.

 

Sparkler 37: Schubert…Ave Maria, “Hail Mary”…1825…words, Sir Walter Scott’s poem, The Lady of the Lake.

 

Sparkler 38: Schubert…Impromptu in B flat Major…Definition—Impromptu, short piece of music, suggesting improvisation.

 

Sparkler 39: Schubert…The Trout Quintet, 1819…Definition—Quintet, group five musicians, singers.

 

Sparkler 40: Schubert: Unfinished Symphony…1822…so named because only two movements, not usual three or four...lost for 43 years…first performed 1865.

 

Track 12: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy…Germany…lived, 1809 to 1847…Jewish descent, original name Mendelssohn, added Bartholdy to indicate Christian conversion…Bartholdi name of man who built Statue of Liberty, no connection.

 

Sparkler 41: Mendelssohn-Bartholdy…Wedding March, incidental music, 1843 Shakespeare’s, A Mid Summer’s Night’s Dream…Definition: Incidental music, music played during a spoken play, sets a mood, “background music”.

 

Sparkler 42: Mendelssohn-Bartholdy…Symphony Number 4: “Italian Symphony, 1833:

 

Sparkler 43: Mendelssohn-Bartholdy…Spring Song, 1841…part series 48 piano pieces, Songs Without Words.

 

Track 13: Fredrik Chopin…Polish birth, though did composing of great works in France…lived 1810 to 1849…Goulding rank, # 14, famous for piano works…decreed heart buried Warsaw, there in Holy Cross Church, smuggled under sister’s dress…love relationship, woman,  Madame Dudevant, wore men’s clothes, smoked cigars, called George Sand.

 

Sparkler 44: Fredrik Chopin…Minute Waltz, which, in reality, lasts more than a minute, unless you play it too fast. It was written between 1846 and 1847:

 

Sparkler 45: Chopin…Fantasie Impromptu, Opus 66, Number 4, 1835.

 

Sparkler 46: Chopin…Polonaise Number 6 in A Flat Major, 1843...#6 of 10 polonaises he wrote...Definition—Polonaise, a stately Polish dance.

 

Sparkler  47: Chopin… Raindrop Prelude, 1836…commonly called Raindrops… repeated A flat note, raindrop sound.

 

Sparkler 48: Chopin…Sonata #2, Opus 35, 1839…Funeral March!!!

 

Track 14: Robert Schumann…Germany…lived 1810 to 1856, #8 by Goulding…used apparatus, Chiroplast to strengthen fingers”, injured third finger right hand, ending quest to be great pianist…married his student, gifted pianist, Clara Wieck.

 

Sparkler 49: Schumann…Traumerei in German, English “reverie” or “dreaming…1838…number 7 in a series of melodies, Scenes from Childhood.

 

Sparkler 50: Schumann…Merry Peasant…#10 from  Album for the Young, Opus 68…1848…written to teach children to play piano…43 miniatures…first 6, birthday present for daughter, Marie, when turned 5.

 

Track 15: Franz Liszt…Hungary…lived 1811 to 1886…pianist, greatest to ever live, flamboyant, showy clothes, velvet gloves slowly removed before playing, sat with his side to the audience at times, played two pianos, walking between the two, even liked playing on pianos out of tune, still make the music sound normal….Goulding, # 13…daughter Cosima, much younger wife of operatic master, Richard Wagner.

 

Sparkler 51: Liszt…Love Dream, Song Number 3, 1847:

 

Track 16: Richard Wagner…Germany…lived 1813 to 1883…great operatic composer…# 4 Goulding…not nicest person, “said to be” liar, a wife stealer, an anti-Semite, a wastrel, not paid many debts,  a bluffer, challenged men to duels, then not show up, braggart, etc”…maybe exaggerated by critics…music used by Hitler.

 

Sparkler 52: Wagner…Opera, Lohengrin, Bridal Chorus…1850.

 

Sparkler 53: Wagner…1868 opera, the Die Meistersingers von Nurnberg : The Dance of the Prentices…English, The Master Singers of Nurenburg.

 

Sparkler 54: Wagner…more from Meistersinger.

 

Sparkler 55: Wagner…Opera, The Flying Dutchman…1843…based on seamen’s yarns heard sea voyage with first wife, Minna, dog, Robber. 

 

Sparkler 56: Wagner…Opera, Tannhauser: Overture…Definition: Overture is an instrumental work played before an opera or oratorio:

 

Sparkler 57: Wagner…Opera, Tannhauser: Arrival of the Guests:

 

Sparkler 58: Wagner…Opera, The Valkyrie, Ride of the Valkyries, 1870…day two The Ring…used film, Apocalypse Now…motorcycle, Honda…“Valkyries”, from Norse legend, warrior maidens, attended God, Odin, their job select slain heroes, take Valhalla.

 

Sparkler 59: Richard Wagner…Opera, Triste and Isolde.

 

Track 17: End of CD 1:  Decide whether on to that CD 2 immediately, or CD 1..

 

 

CD #2

 

Track 1: Welcome to CD Number 2

 

Track 2: Giuseppe Verdi…Italy…lived 1813 to 1901…mother saved his life as baby by hiding in belfry…Goulding, ranks him 16.

 

Sparkler 1: Giuseppe Verdi…Opera,  Rigoletto: La Donna e mobile,  “woman is fickle”… 1851:

 

Sparkler 2: Giuseppe Verdi…Opera, Nabucco: Overture…1842

 

Sparkler 3: Giuseppe Verdi…Opera, Aida: Triumphal March and Chorus , 1871.

 

Sparkler 4: Giuseppe Verdi…Opera,  Il Trovatore:  Anvil Chorus… 1858. 

 

Track 3: Charles Francois Gounod…operas and oratorios…lived 1818 to 1893…. most famous opera, Faust…skeptic critic challenged duel, refused…not ranked  top 50 by Goulding.

 

Sparkler 5: Gounod…Ave Maria…1889…same name Schubert Sparkler …really many Ave Marias…this version modification, Bach’s Prelude in C, The Well Tempered Clavier…Definition—Prelude, an introduction to a larger work as used by Bach; or as used Chopin, a short independent composition, usually for piano….

 

Track 4: Jacques Offenbach…German, lied in France…lived 1819 to 1880… name Jacob Levy, Eberst, or Weiner, depending on where you look…didn’t real name, hide fact Jewish heritage, discrimination against Jews...very dapper…thought America barbaric, not in top 50 by Goulding.

 

Sparkler 6: Offenbach… Opera, Tales of Hoffman: Barcarolle Night of Stars….1884… Definition—Barcarolle, boating song, especially associated with the gondoliers of Venice, Italy.

 

Track 5: Bedrich Smetana…Bohemia…lived 1824 to 1884…deaf in later life, Goulding rank is #45.

 

Sparkler 7: Smetana…Symphonic poem,  Ma Vlast : The Moldau…written between, 1874, 1879 when completely deaf...Moldau, depicts course river…Definition: Symphonic poem (tone poem), a music composition that depicts a scene from a NON-musical subject, especially one from literature or poetry…but also possibly from history or life experiences…Moldau really Vltava River.

 

Track 6: Johann Strauss, Junior… Austria…lived 1825 to 1899 …“Waltz King”…wrote over 400…. father was waltz composer…jealous of son, tried to sabotage Junior’s debut, hissing…was a success anyway…reconciliation…Goulding rank, 46.

 

Sparkler 8: Strauss…On the Blue Danube Waltz,  1869.

 

Sparkler 9: Strauss…Tritsch Tratsch Polka…1858…in English, “Chit Chat Polka”.

 

Sparkler 10: Strauss…Vienna Blood Waltz, Opus 254… 1899.

 

Track 7: Johannes Brahms…Goulding rank, #6…one of three great “B’s” with Bach, Beethoven….Germany, lived 1833 to 1897... loved eating sardines … trick chair.

 

Sparkler 11: Brahms…Cradle Song, or “Brahms’s Lullaby”, 1868.

 

Sparkler 12: Brahms…Hungarian Dances: Number 5.

Sparkler 13 : Brahms…1st Symphony; Fourth Movement…1877… referred to as “Beethoven’s 10th”…famous horn. 

 

Sparkler 14 : Brahms…1st Symphony; Fourth Movement, later on. 

Sparkler 15 : Brahms…Waltz Opus 39, Number 15…1865:

 

Track 8: Alexander Borodin…real medical doctor, professor of chemistry, music sidelight, composed only when sick…lived 1833 to 1887…Goulding rank is 50.

 

Sparkler 16: Borodin…Opera, Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dance…music used in 1953 musical play, Kismet, Tony Award, Best musical , 1953…acclaim 67 years after death.

 

Track 9: Amilcare Ponchielli…Italy, lived 1834 to 1886.

 

Sparkler 17: Ponchielli…Opera, La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours, 1876...“La Gioconda” “The Joyful Girl”…real name, The Mona Lisa, is also La Gioconda…1963, Allan Sherman, ”Hello Muddah, Hello, Fuddah, here I am at Camp Granada”.

 

Track 10:  Camille Saint-Saens…France…lived 1835 to 1921…Goulding rank, 27… knew spy, World War I, Mata Hari.

 

Sparkler 18: Saint-Saens…Carnival of Animals: The Swan…1886, but not performed his lifetime.

 

Track 11: Georges Bizet…France…lived 1838 to 1875…ranked 38 by Goulding…composing very easy to him, unlike other composers; felt guilty.

 

Sparkler 19: Bizet…Opera, Carmen: March of the Toreadores…1875.

 

Sparkler 20: Bizet…Opera, Carmen: Aria, The Habenera…song by Carmen, seductive Cuban rhythm, probably city, Havana…Definition: Aria, song for opera or oratorio.

 

Sparkler 21: Bizet…L’Arlesienne, Suite 2:. Farandole…1872, incidental music for play of same name…Definition: Farnandole, lively French and Spanish dance, people at times dancing through streets.

 

Track 12: Modest Mussorgsky…Russia…lived 1839 to 1881…# 39 by Goulding….member of “Mighty Five”.

 

Sparkler 22: Mussorgsky…Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade…1874…inspired by public displaying paintings of late friend, Victor Hartmann…depicts viewing of paintings

…Promenade represents time  person  walking between the pictures.

 

Sparkler 23: Mussorgsky…Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate at Kiev.

 

Track 13: Peter Illich Tchaikovsky…Russia…lived 1840 to 1893…ranked 10, Goulding…contacted by Madame von Meck would supply enough money rest his life, if only compose,  and they never meet…never did but wrote hundreds of letters… conducted inauguration Carnegie Hall, 1891.

 

Sparkler 24: Tchaikovsky…Piano Concerto Number 1…1875… first classical music piece to ever sell 1 million copies, in record form, by Van Cliburn, 1950’s.

 

Sparkler 25: Tchaikovsky…Ballet, Nutcracker Suite: Dance of the Toy Flutes...1892.

 

Sparkler 26: Tchaikovsky…Ballet, Nutcracker Suite: Waltz of the Flowers:

 

Sparkler 27: Tchaikovsky…Ballet, Nutcracker Suite: Russian Dance:

 

Sparkler  28: Tchaikovsky…Fantasy overture ,Romeo and Juliet…1869.

 

Sparkler 29: Tchaikovsky…Ballet,  Swan Lake ballet…written between 1875, 1876.

 

Sparkler 30: Tchaikovsky…Sixth  Symphony, “Pathetique”…named by brother.

 

Sparkler 31: Tchaikovsky…1812 Overture, 1880…commemorated Napoleon’s retreat from Russia…French National Anthem and cannon contained within.

 

Track 14: Antonin Dvorak…Bohemia…lived 1841 to 1904…handshake of iron…late in life came to America…lonely for homeland, long walks in Central Park…train fanatic, ride for hours…Goulding rank, #12.

 

Sparkler 32: Dvorak…Ninth Symphony: “From the New World”: Second Movement…famous horn piece…from Negro spiritual.

 

Sparkler 33: Dvorak…Ninth Symphony: “From the New World”: Fourth Movement.

 

Track 15: Jules Massenet…France…lived 1842 to 1912…man of great discipline, arose everyday 4 a.m., compose until noon….unranked, Goulding.

 

Sparkler 34: Jules Massenet…Opera, Thais…1894…setting is Egyptian desert, fourth century.

 

Track 16: Edvard Greig…Norway…lived 1843 to 1907… pleurisy, a pulmonary disease, lived life ill health, use one lung…. #31, Goulding,

 

Sparkler 35: Greig…Piano Concerto in A Minor…1868.

 

Sparkler 36: Greig…1875…incidental music for the play, Peer Gynt: Anitra’s Dance…one of 22 pieces…play Peer Gynt, Henrik Gibson.

 

Sparkler 37: Greig…Peer Gynt: Morning:

 

Sparkler 38: Greig…Peer Gynt In the Hall of the Mountain King:

 

Sparkler 39: Greig…Peer Gynt: Solvieg’s Song:

 

Track 17: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov…Russia…lived,  1844...basically self-taught man…officer, Russian Navy…eventually teacher, music conservatory, one chapter ahead students,  learned so much, wrote two music texts in harmony and orchestration…member of “Mighty Five” in Russia…rank 42 by Goulding.

 

Sparkler 40 is Opera: The Legend of Tsar Saltan: Flight of the Bumble Bee…prince transformed into a bumble bee, stings his hated aunts.

 

Track 18: Edward Elgar… England…lived 1857 to 1934. Sparkler known anyone graduated school…not ranked by Goulding in top 50.  

 

SPARKLER 41 is Pomp and Circumstance March…1901, written for coronation of King Edward the 8th… knighted for writing it.

 

Track 19: Giacomo Puccini…Italy…lived 1858 to 1924…famous for operas such as: La Boheme, Tosca,  Madame Butterfly, others…as  boy, did not like music, father put gold coins keys on family’s piano keys so would  play appropriate notes….rakish dresser: matching shirt, scarf, and beret, with yellow boots, fast car…Goulding rank, 23.

 

Sparkler 42: Puccini…Opera, 1904, Madame Butterfly: Un bel di Vedremo ,“One fine, clear day, we shall see ”, refers to awaited return, ship of Madame Butterfly’s husband.

 

Track 20 : Gustav Mahler…Bohemia…lived 1860 to 1911…lived Austria….  Goulding rank, #17…vegetarian and never drank alcohol…probably greatest conductor of his time…converted  Judaism to Christianity to become artistic director Vienna Opera.

 

SPARKLER 43 is Symphony Number 1, Third Movement…1888.

 

Track 21: Claude Debussy…France…lived 1862 to 1918…#22 by Goulding… rakish dresser, black beard,  black slouch hat, black coat, stylish cane...impressionist, tried to produce sensations within people created by events and things outside of themselves….played piano with such a light touch, unearthly sound of beauty produced, kind of misty, shimmering, and dreamy.

 

Sparkler 44: Debussy…Claire de Lune, 1890... “moonlight” in English,.

 

Sparkler 45: Debussy…Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun…1894…”faun”, mixture goat, man.

 

Track 22: Pietro Mascagni…Italy…lived 1863 to 1945…not ranked by Goulding.

 

SPARKLER 46  from opera, Cavalleria Rusticana…1890…English means “Rustic Chivalry”…opera was instant hit, he acclaimed next Verdi…but  didn’t produce another success for rest of life…used, Godfather III, and The Raging Bull.

 

Track 23: Richard Strauss…Germany…lived, 1864 to 1949… Goulding rank, #20,...unbeatable skat player, would win entire salaries singers, musicians working for … quote by him, “I may not be a first rate composer, but I am a first-class second rate composer.”

 

Sparkler 47: Strauss…Symphonic poem, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, 1896…maybe greatest fanfare in classical music…used, Stanley Kubrick, 1968 movie, 2001 A Space Odyssey…Definition—A fanfare is an introduction to a musical work with a flourish of trumpets, or other instruments, imitating them.

 

Track 24: Jean Sibelius…Finland …first spoke Swedish Finnish…lived  1865 to 1957, oldest  our Sparkler makers…heavy drinker and smoker, throat cancer, 1908, successful operation... name really Johann, chanced to Jean; name, of respected relative who died of yellow fever,  Havana…Goulding rank, #28.

 

SPARKLER 48 is Finlandia…from Finnish nationalist work for orchestra, 1899.

 

Track 25: Sergei Rachmaninoff…Russia...lived 1873 to 1943…as well- known pianist as composer…not ranked top 50, Goulding…had a nervous breakdown, would not respond to treatment for three years, went to hypnotist, Doctor Dahl, cured.

 

SPARKLER 49  is Piano Concerto Number 2, appropriately dedicated to Doctor Dahl… nicknamed, “Rocky 2”.

 

Track 26: Maurice Ravel…France…lived 1875 to 1937…rank #29 by Goulding… failed his army physical ,World War I, ambulance driver…however part of  “Apaches” raucous group in college…also know for orchestrating works others; Mussorgsky’s, Pictures at an Exhibition.

 

SPARKLER 50 is Pavane for a Dead Princess…1899…Definition: Pavane is a slow stately dance.

 

Track 27:  Farewell to Phase 1, go with confidence..you' re are a bionic person.

 

Well, what more can we say. We feel we have done our job…now it your task to set out on the wonderful journey we have worked so hard to formulate for you.

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Oh, one more thing...we lied. There are not 109 SPARKLERS on the CD’s, but instead 111. The first one you actually hear as background music during the introduction to the course was the famous Greensleeves. It is an English folk tune that was mentioned by Shakespeare in one of his plays, so it goes at least back to the 1500’s. During the close of CD 2, you heard a part of Franz Suppe’s operetta (it’s overture), called The Light Cavalry, written in 1866. By the way, his real name was Francesco, Ezechiele, Ermengildo Cavaliere Suppe’-Demelli’. He was born in Croatia in 1819 and died in 1895, at 76 years old.