Mercoledi Musicale

While googling* information for programme notes I came across several videos that interested me. One had to do with a composer I am writing about; the other is a favourite piece played on an unusual instrument.

Sir Edward Elgar was one of the first composers to take recording as more than a novelty. He saw the potential of the medium and as early as 1914 was recording his works using the acoustic-horn. When electronic recording came into being in 1925 he was one of the first composers to take to the studio and he formally consecrated EMI’s famed Abbey Road Studio One on November 12, 1931.

Here he is, on that day, conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the well-known trio from his Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, better known as Land of Hope and Glory.

“Good morning, gentlemen. Glad to see you all. Very light programme this morning. Please play this tune as though you’ve never heard it before.”

His last recording was of his Elegy for Strings – a tribute to his closest friend and advisor Augustus Jaeger recorded in 1933. However in January of 1934 he supervised a recording of two of his minor pieces by telephone from his sick bed. He died a month later.

While I was looking at various Elgar related items on YouTube I received on of their many “suggestions” for things I might want to view. I’m not sure what lead the algorithm to decided I should hear Mozart played on a banjo but it did; I did; and I enjoyed it.

Luca Stricagnoli has a wide range of popular covers on his YouTube channel most on guitar including several on a multi-neck guitar. I believe this is his only banjo guitar piece in his repertoire, for the moment. The only other classical piece is also Mozart – Rondo alla Turco on the guitar.

He explains that he uses a “double tapping” method which I had never heard of – but then what do I know about guitar playing. He has also designed several guitars including a triple neck guitar. It also doesn’t hurt that the Italian born Luca is not difficult to look at. Does it Pierre?

*For a while I was calling this “research” but realized that what I was actually doing was simply trusting websites and information provided from internet. Research is more than that as anyone who has written a proper term paper, essay or (god help us) thesis. As with many words “research” is thrown around far to easily these days.

The word for July 28th is:
Guitar /ɡəˈtär/: [noun]
A stringed musical instrument, with a fretted fingerboard, typically incurved sides, and six or twelve strings, played by plucking or strumming with the fingers or a plectrum.
Early 17th century: from Spanish guitarra (partly via French), from Greek kithara, denoting an instrument similar to the lyre.

Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

3 thoughts on “Mercoledi Musicale”

  1. If you want to hear a banjo master play serious baroque and classical music, check out “bela fleck classical banjo” on YouTube. And he doesn’t wear a wife-beater or have a toothpick in his mouth while playing like some stereotyped hillbilly.

  2. Have I ever confided I’ve had a lifelong desire to learn the banjo?
    This is the sort of tutor I would want.

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