Schubert: Quartet for Flute, Guitar, Viola and Cello

6 June, 2014 at 09:04 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Some nice music for you, in the time of rapture as we say in Sweden. This weekend of Whitsun, many people are getting married and the beautiful summer is laying ahead of us. Everything is fresh and new and the trees and grass has a special colour and all is coming into flower :-)

1. Moderato

2. Menuetto

3. Lento e patetico

4. Zingara

5. Tema con variazioni

 

Some Beautiful Music by Mozart for you

11 May, 2014 at 15:51 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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I think this piece is so beautiful, specially the second movement (andante, in the middle). Nice for a Sunday afternoon… :-)

Amira Willighagen, 9, Amazes Again Singing ‘Ave Maria’ Opera

23 December, 2013 at 16:11 | Posted in Children, classical, Music | 1 Comment

By Cindy Drukier
Epoch Times

Amira Willighagen, the 9-year-old Dutch girl who astounded first the judges, and then the world with her opera singing during her first appearance on “Holland’s Got Talent” has done it again. She was the runaway winner at the Dec. 22 semi-finals with her soul-stirring rendition of Ave Maria. 

Many have likened her to the pure voice of American-born, Greek opera legend Maria Callas, whom at least some seem think she may have been in a past life.

Next week the opera prodigy will sing three songs in the finals.

via Amira Willighagen, 9, Amazes Again Singing ‘Ave Maria’ Opera +Video

“The Courage to Believe” – “Best Song for Indie/Documentary Film”

26 November, 2013 at 11:30 | Posted in China, Culture, documentary, Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, human rights, IT and Media, Music, persecution, slave labor camps, Society | Leave a comment


This song wins 2013 “Best Song for Indie/Documentary Film” at Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Listen to the Lovely Orchestra of Crickets Singing at Human Speed

19 November, 2013 at 12:24 | Posted in animals, Funny things :-), Music | 1 Comment

By Kate Rinsema

Want to hear something magical?

Experimental director and playwright, Robert Wilson, caught a hauntingly beautiful piece of music one night, a recording of crickets.

That part is common enough, but then he stretched out the sound as much as one would have to stretch the life of a cricket to equal that of a human, and the result is truly wonderful.


via Listen to the lovely orchestra of crickets singing at human speed [updated]

And here is a perhaps truer version:


via https://soundcloud.com/vcfxrecordings/crickets

Beautiful Voice from a Young Girl

1 November, 2013 at 17:20 | Posted in Children, classical, Culture, Music | 2 Comments

This girl can really sing. A voice from the heaven. So mature… for her age. 
Just incredible…

Chinese Characters for Music: Yīn Yuè 音樂

19 April, 2013 at 07:02 | Posted in Chinese culture, Music | Leave a comment
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Conveying the special significance of music,
literally ‘the sound of happiness’

By Cindy Chan
Epoch Times Staff

The Chinese characters 音樂 (yīn yuè) stand for music. 音 is the character for sound, while 樂 refers to music itself as well as the concepts of happiness, pleasure, and enjoyment. The two characters combined literally mean “the sound of happiness.”

The ancient Chinese regarded music as a tool to contact the gods, and music was not only for enjoyment and entertainment but also part of sacred ceremony to reunite humankind with Heaven.

In addition, music is the ancestor of medicine and its primary purpose in ancient China was to heal illness. The character for medicine, 藥 (yào), is derived from the character for music.

藥 comprises two parts: 樂 at the bottom and the radical 艹 at the top, which refers to grass, herbs, and other grass-related plants. Following discovery of the healing effects of herbs, 艹 and 樂 were combined to form 藥.

via Chinese Characters: Yīn Yuè 音樂 | Culture | China | Epoch Times

Head Injury Leads to Sudden Musical Talent

23 November, 2012 at 07:36 | Posted in Body & Mind, Funny things :-), Music, Science | Leave a comment
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By Sally Appert
Epoch Times Staff

Four days after Derek Amato hit his head on the bottom of a swimming pool, he sat down at a piano and found that he could play it beautifully.

Amato discovered his talent in October 2006 when he was 40 years old. He dove into a pool one day and hit his head, and when he came out of the water, he couldn’t hear anything and felt as though his ears were bleeding.

Amato had a severe concussion that caused some hearing and memory loss. He recovered fairly quickly, and four days later he sat down at a piano for no reason that he could think of and started playing.

“As I shut my eyes, I found these black and white structures moving from left to right, which in fact would represent in my mind a fluid and continuous stream of musical notation,” Amato explained in an article on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s website.

From then on Amato was able to play the piano effortlessly, as though he’d been playing it his whole life. He played music from memory and composed his own music, stunning his family, his friends, and himself.

Amato’s rare talent was diagnosed as savant syndrome, and his ability to see shapes and colors when hearing music is known as synesthesia.

“We commonly refer to Derek as ‘Rainman Beethoven,’” his friend Gerry Gomez stated in the article.

“To date we have not found another medically documented case where immediate or sudden musical savant syndrome had been acquired from a brain injury,” Gomez added.

Amato wrote in the article that he told his mother, “I guess God decided to give me my birthday present a bit early this year.”

In 2007, the Association of Independent Artists made Amato the Independent Artist of the Year. He composes music, travels, and performs, supporting charity events for traumatic brain

via Head Injury Leads to Sudden Musical Talent | Beyond Science | Science | Epoch Times

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I’m Back! And Summer is Fading Away

28 August, 2012 at 09:32 | Posted in classical, Music, Nature, thoughts of the day | Leave a comment

If the summer has been fine or not, we up here in the North often associate that with whether or not it has been a warm and sunny one. Unfortunately, this year many of us here in Sweden are thinking that this year’s Swedish summer has really not given us what we longed so much for, and now it has started to fade away to be replaced by the autumn.

Autumn has in fact been sensed already, occasionally with high clear air and wind even if it was only the beginning of August. But then it turned thankfully, and this year’s summer gave at last a longer period of time with heat and sun and I got my salty baths in the sea :-)

I was also listening to a wonderful concert in the castle of Tjolöholm, where parts of Kungsbacka Piano Trio performed. I think this is really music at high level. It was a fantastic evening in a castle and in Beethoven’s spirit.

Here you can listen to a beautiful piece from the concert, but not by Kungsbacka Piano Trio with guest cellist.


The castle has an interesting history and there are guided tours. It is well worth a visit even without visiting the annual Kungsbacka Chamber Festival...
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Isn’t beautiful :-)

Chopin, Nocturne, opus 27, piano solo

10 June, 2012 at 13:27 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Nocturne by Frederic Chopin, opus 27, number 2, accompanied by an animated graphic showing interval type….

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Beautiful Paintings to Beautiful Music

17 May, 2012 at 10:17 | Posted in Culture, Music, picture of the day, pop music | Leave a comment
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Artist: Andrew Talbot (Lancashire – England, born 1972) Paintings.

Website : https://www.facebook.com/artcenterpaintinganddrawing

Music by the Swedish singer and songwriter:
Sophie Zelmani – This Room

Fabulous Guitar Playing

19 March, 2012 at 09:09 | Posted in Music, pop music | Leave a comment
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Sparkling Tones of Bach

14 March, 2012 at 07:23 | Posted in classical, Music | Leave a comment
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Laleh – November

18 January, 2012 at 15:50 | Posted in Music, pop music | Leave a comment
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Chinese Music’s Five Elements, Five Tones

15 January, 2012 at 07:14 | Posted in Body & Mind, Chinese culture, Music | Leave a comment
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The concepts embedded in Chinese music, such as the five elements, are deeply interwoven with Chinese traditional culture

By Zhiping Chen
Special to The Epoch Times

Chinese music is based on the ancient Chinese pentatonic, five-tone musical system. The five tones are classified as: Kung, Shang, Chiao, Chih and Yue.

According to the Chinese theory of the Five Elements, related to Chinese music, the tones are connected to a myriad of cosmological concepts, as well as the inner workings of man.

Chinese do not see it as coincidence that human beings have five internal organs: heart, liver, lungs, kidneys and spleen; and five sensory organs: mouth, nose, eyes, ears and tongue; and five fingers on each hand.

According to Chinese tradition, any of these five tones can affect a human being’s internal organs and might act as a regulatory mechanism. Music can increase metabolism, open thought processes, and regulate the heart. Because everyone’s makeup is different, one person’s internal organs are different to the next person’s, and the music touches people in different ways.

According to the five basic tones, one can detect different influences in the human body. For instance, Kung-based melodies are classified as noble, Earth-related, and affect the spleen. Often listening to such music makes one tolerant and kind.

Read more: Chinese Music’s Five Elements, Five Tones | Culture | China | Epoch Times

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