Symphonic Selections: Salut d’Amour

Symphonic Selections

From 2005 to 2010, I regularly updated my MP3 rotation site called Capriccio, and it was one of my favourite sites I owned. I really enjoyed sharing my favourite songs back then, which ranged from classical to instrumental to oldies to JPop to KPop and so on. Despite having an eclectic taste, classical and instrumentals are my main genres; I’m the type that prefers instrumentals over vocal works — though I don’t mind some choral pieces here and there. There are so many great pieces out that many do not know the works’ names, and that is the primary reason why I’m starting up this new blogging column called “Symphonic Selections”. I want to expose readers to the wonderful pieces that the Old and New Masters of our world have created — and by doing this column, I’ll go back to listening to more music myself. I hope you will all enjoy my selections. Expect classical, instrumentals (soundtracks included), and choral pieces on a regular basis!

Korean Broadcasting System

I regularly listen to Korean Broadcasting System’s 93.1 FM, a Korean classical radio station, and the other day at work, “Salut d’Amour” by Sir Edward Elgar came on, and I found myself telling my co-worker, “You know the composer of this song also composed the ‘Graduation Song’ aka ‘Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1‘.” My co-worker didn’t know that, but he does now :)

I adore this violin and piano duet. It’s such a pretty, soft, romantic song that makes me want to learn the violin. It’s also a piece I’d heard a lot growing up, but it was one I never knew the name of until I finally stumbled upon it online. Give this song a listen, performed by Sarah Chang and Andrew von Oeyen, and imagine yourself dining in a fancy, romantic restaurant with your beloved someone, or imagine yourself in something similar.

Have you heard this song before? Do you like it? What do you picture when you listen to this? If you’re familiar with this song, what do you think of Sarah Chang’s performance? Do you recommend someone else’s rendition? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you all in the next update :)

Comments

  1. What a lovely piece! I envy anyone who can play the violin or any stringed instrument. I’ve payed the trumpet for years, and it’s so obnoxious and overpowering. This piece sounded beautiful! I love classical pieces, or classic sounding pieces (like most video game soundtracks) but I especially like Barber’s Adagio for Strings. I’m looking forward to being introduced to many more great works!

  2. My taste in music rotate pretty often and its genres are pretty far from each other ;o. The thing I like about Kpop and Jpop is that they really put their hearts and talents into the music… Or it must be an Asian thing to be really good in instruments (whoops, stereotype *o*). I like how the piano and the violin goes together, where the violin has a support and there’s something to listen between the tiny breaks. I haven’t heard the song before but I imagine myself in some kind of fancy restaurant while listening to this XD. She’s really good!!

  3. This song here is beautiful! I’m not familiar with Sarah Chang’s work, but I’ll be sure to look up some of her work on youtube! I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Lindsey Stirling, but she’s really great with the violin! She add a bit of electronic to her music as well, but nonetheless I think it’s beautiful! Look up the song “take flight” :)

    As for my taste in music, it depends on what mood I’m in or what I’m doing. But for studying I do prefer listening to instrumental music because it allows me to completely zone out from my surroundings!
    I’ll often listen to soundtracks from movies (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings,…) and artists like Brian Crain, Yiruma and Ludovica Einaudi.

  4. I haven’t heard this song before, but it’s a beautiful duet! Sarah Chang does a lovely job on the violin. I used to play violin and wish I had kept up with it. This reminds me that I should go back to listening to classical music, which I used to do when I was in orchestra. Lately, I’ve been listening to modern violin pieces, like Lindsey Stirling who Grace mentioned.

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