Ludwig van Beethoven: Come draw we round a cheerful ring, from Irish songs, WoO 152, No. 11

17 03 2009

No, Gossip Winter, snug within, we have no room for thee.

"No, Gossip Winter, snug within, we have no room for thee."

One of the hallmarks of the Irish is their love of stories, music, and community. Though not Irish, Beethoven caught the festive mood of a celebration in this catchy tune.

Beethoven wrote three sets of Irish songs for voice and string trio at the behest of Scottish folk song collector and publisher George Thomson. The songs range from quick and lively to heart-rendingly touching.

As it is St. Patrick’s day, I was searching for musical scores of Irish music this morning. Since I couldn’t find the Beethoven songs, I offer instead an online volume of Sixty Irish Songs, edited by William Arms Fisher.

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W.A. Mozart: Dans un bois solitaire (In the solitary woods)

13 03 2009

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“L’Amour se réveille de rien… Cupid wakes at nothing”

Just when you think you’re over someone, you go for a walk in the woods, and Cupid shoots you and makes you remember them all over again! No one can capture a story like this and all the emotions like Mozart can!

Thought Mozart primarily used Italian, German, and Latin in his music, he did occasionally use French texts. His other French song of note is Oiseaux, si tous les ans





Ludwig van Beethoven: Adelaide, op. 46

4 03 2009

"Deutlich schimmert auf jedem Purpurblättchen: Adelaide"

Beethoven captures a lover’s longing for his muse named Adelaide in this masterpiece typically performed by tenors.