Sunday, August 5, 2012

Music for a Sunday Afternoon

Reading Wendell Berry's poetry and listening to Max Bruch's III Andante Sostenuto from Scottish Fantasy Op.46.

Some useful notes on Bruch's remarkable piece are here. Rachel Barton Pine writes:

"The main theme of the Andante sostenuto, the emotional heart of the work, is derived from the 19th century song, "I'm A' Doun for Lack O' Johnnie." Bruch's beautiful voice-like treatment of the solo violin's opening statement of the theme was no doubt informed by his skill and experience in writing for singers"

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