It’s raining outside. While we did not have enough rain in June and July, nature seems to catch up now. The climate is changing. We are experiencing weather extremes: droughts, floods. Resignation. I can do my best to reduce my carbon footprint, but sometimes it feels so pointless. A disheartening feeling, difficult to suppress. It takes a real effort to convince myself over and over again: Every step counts. Every step counts. Let’s not loose hope.
Surprise! I thought I would delight you today with an uplifting piece of music to chase away any dark moods and to achieve this, I’ll offer you… horns. Horns! Beautiful, golden and loud French horns that make a lot of beautiful noise. I love French horns, and this not only since I discovered the omnipresent Sarah Willis of the Berlin Philharmonic on Twitter! No, horns are fantastic, just like the cello, their forte is the fusion of warmth and sadness. Today’s piece is called “Six Horn Quartets” (Op. 35) and its prevalent mood is optimistic. It was written by the Russian composer Nikolai Tcherepnin in 1910. It has been recorded by the Deutsches Horn Ensemble.
A new concert season has begun and I am glad to be back at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg for many wonderful evenings with delightful music. The first concert I attended featured four quite special works in a row: Bela Bartok’s Romanian Dances, arranged for strings, Felix Mendelssohn’s very first violin concerto (in D minor), again arranged for strings, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Serenade for Strings and finally the work I will write about today: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, K. 238. Wow! What a programme! What an evening!
Around and around and around – this symphony is like a never-ending dance. Not that you want it to end! The melodies lock themselves in your head, the rhythms take control over your body, you swirl around and when the music stops, you feel happy and dizzy, a little breathless perhaps, but you are hooked on the endorphins and you just want to start all over again: Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 6 in C major, D. 589, which goes by the nickname “The Little” even though Schubert initially gave it the name “The Great”. But the composer later wrote an even greater symphony in C major: Symphony No. 9, D. 944, that I have presented in a post in January this year.