Russian beauties and black chocolate

A sunset as melancholic as Rachmaninov's Trio. © Charles Thibo
A sunset as melancholic as Rachmaninov’s Trio. © Charles Thibo

If music would have a taste, the “Trio élégiaque No. 1”, composed by the Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninov, would taste like black chocolate. Bittersweet.  Melting on your tongue and exploding in a firework of sensations.
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A band of green and silver runs through Bohemia

Bedrich Smetana translated the rippling of the waves into music. © Charles Thibo
Bedrich Smetana translated the rippling of the waves into music. © Charles Thibo

Water, light, morning mist, magic by the moonlight, fairies – we have seen all that already, right? Well, those are the eternal subjects of the Romantic era, which hasn’t halted before the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and what is today the Czech Republic. And all those elements appear in another piece of music, that has fascinated me since I heard it first at school. Eternal gratitude again to my music teacher. Continue reading!

Messiaen and the end of Time

End of the world - end of time? © Charles Thibo
End of the world – end of time? © Charles Thibo

Our musical journey has taken us several centuries back with Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Respighi to the dawn of the 20th century. Old stuff. Good stuff, but old stuff nevertheless. Perhaps I can invite you to jump back to the present to discover contemporary composers of classical music? Daring composers like… Olivier Messiaen. Continue reading!

Charles Chaplin likes to play Mozart

Mozart, composer of music, delicate like a flower. © Charles Thibo
Mozart, composer of music, delicate like a flower. © Charles Thibo

Oops, now I have pronounced the M-word. In my last post I carelessly mentioned the name of Mozart. There is no way around now, we have to speak about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the greatest composers of all times. He comes only second on my iPod playlist because I own so many albums and often have a hard time to pick the one that fits my mood.
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