Beanie is learning Dvorak’s New World Symphony theme for her piano class. I love the Largo theme and it’s always a happy day for me when one of the girls reaches this point in their lesson books. Beanie wanted to hear the whole symphony, so we started with a few YouTube clips.
First, the theme played by on flute:
Then on classical guitar—this is lovely:
Which led us to this rather thrilling electric guitar rendition of the 4th movement:
I love that the young guitarist says he first encountered this piece of music in a video game, fell in love with it, hunted it down, and taught himself to play it by ear. 🙂
Here’s the same movement played by the Vienna Philharmonic:
Breathtaking—but I think I like the electric guitar version best.
The Rabbit-Trailer’s Soundtrack
“Every audience gets that.”
Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers
From the Drafts File
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