Symphonic Selections: Polovtsian Dances

Symphonic Selections

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

Symphonic Selections

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

Symphonic Selections

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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Symphonic Selections: Asian Dream Song

Symphonic Selections

This past weekend, Hanyu Yuzuru won the NHK Trophy for men figure skating. For his free skate programme, he skated to this arrangement called “Hope & Legacy” by Joe Hisaishi. The arrangement is comprised of two songs by Hisaishi — “View of Silence” and “Asian Dream Song”. I became quite enamoured by the latter. It’s one of those pieces that I fell in love with at first sound. I can’t stop listening to this gorgeous piece, so it made sense to feature this for this month’s Symphonic Selections.

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Symphonic Selections: Double Cello Concerto in G Minor ~ 1st Mvt

Symphonic Selections

Although I love autumn and am thankful for the cooler weather, there is one reason why I don’t like October. In 2013, my beloved high school band teacher passed away a day before her birthday, so I’m always reminded of her passing and of her birthday. Around the anniversary of her passing, I thought of her a lot. I remembered our band classes and the times I’d volunteered and subbed for her. Inevitably, I began to think of music associated with those memories, and I had one particular song stuck in my head the past couple of weeks. I decided to feature this song for this month’s Symphonic Selections.

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