Archive for September, 2012


No Other Name

Finally got around to recording one of my own songs:

This is a simple little chorus that has been a blessing to me in my personal devotion time. I pray that it will be a blessing to you as well.

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#459304: Maria Callas

I really don’t want to say much here. I think she should just do it for me. There are so many incredibly talented sopranos I love to hear but for me there will never be another “O mio babbino caro” like Maria Callas’s. I find myself crying every timeĀ the tender notes fill my earsĀ and the pain in her face is before my eyes. Not great anguish or over-the-top acting. Not even a buildup of powerful high notes. Just the simple heartbreak of a woman in love and on the brink of bliss and agony. La Divina forever . . .

 

 

Classical music students and fans will probably be overly aware of all of this information but, just in case there’s someone out there who is unfamiliar with the International Music Score Library Project, I am writing a bit about it. I have become as fond of it as a person can possibly be. There are forums (which I’m not quite as into but I know a lot of people love them), a journal with a zillion topics, and free downloads of any classical music (for just about any instrument). I believe the only limitation pertains to copyright laws, so if there isn’t a copyright (or if it has expired) you can find it here.

 

The IMSLPDroid App is also fantastic! Be sure to check it out. You can search for sheet music by composer, age, nationality, type, instrument, etc. You can also download complete scores as .pdf files. As I am currently doing an extensive study on Don Giovanni, I am pretty much in love with this app.

I was thrilled today to open my email and to see in my inbox a free download. I’m half sanguine, so I love to get free stuff. This free stuff, however, I actually find useful. Berkleemusic is the online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music. You can read more in their own words on their landing page. I was thrilled to find this little ebook (21 pages in .pdf format), so I thought I’d share. Happy playing!

https://www.berkleemusic.com/landing/download-music-theory-handbook