Symphonic Selections: Piano de Bossa ~ Fly Me to the Moon

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Three more days until my trip! I am so excited for it, and thus my excitement affected my choice for this month’s Symphonic Selections. A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a gospel version of “Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis”, the opening song for Neon Genesis Evangelion, a popular anime from the 1990s. This made me think of its ending song, “Fly Me to the Moon”. I will be flying soon, albeit not to the Moon, and I kept singing this song whenever I had a free moment. Therefore, I went on a hunt for an instrumental version of this song.

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Symphonic Selections: Piano Concerto No. 1 ~ Second Movement

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The song for this month’s Symphonic Selections was chosen almost randomly because I was listening to one of my favourite concertos on a whim. While listening, I was doing my nightly skincare prep, and I was in auto-pilot mode, so my mind wasn’t entirely with the music. But somehow or another, when the concerto made it to the second movement, the piece penetrated my fuzzy brain. I listened closer and squealed in delight, for it was a perfect spring-like piece to feature for March!

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Symphonic Selections: Polovtsian Dances

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Ever since my 4CC trip, I’ve had this one particular song stuck in my head — Nathan Chen’s free skate song would not leave me alone. I found myself constantly humming this piece and listening to it on YouTube. There, I figured it made sense to feature this piece for this month’s Symphonic Selections. I’ve known this piece for years due to my band room days. “Polovtsian Dances” is the name and it was composed by Alexander Borodin. This piece is part of an opera, Prince Igor, but Borodin passed away before he could finish, so his contemporaries completed it. I highly recommend this moving piece. Do give it a listen!

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Symphonic Selections: Making the List

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With so much going on in the US, with all political chaos, I can’t help but see the correlation of our present to the time of Hitler and the Nazi. Thinking about the similarities made me think about World War II, and that led me to think about Schindler’s List. That was when I had the urge to re-watch the film last night. But before that, I had to think of a song for this month’s Symphonic Selections, and I’d decided on a piece from the film prior to watching it. I almost went for its well-known main theme — all composed by John Williams — but I chose a different piece, one that was featured in what I considered the most powerful moment in the film.

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Symphonic Selections: Flight to Neverland

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Happy holidays to all my blogger friends and readers! It’s Christmas, and I’m finally feeling the holiday spirit. It’s taken me so long to feel the holiday festivity, but I finally found it when I went to a John Williams’ concert at the Seoul Arts Centre on Friday, December 23rd! In November, I discovered that Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra was going to perform a whole slew of Williams’ film music. I saw that the tickets’ prices were reasonable (70,000 won for the best ones!), so I bought two in the hopes of finding someone to go with me. I did find a friend who was interested, and we went together to this magical concert!

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