Seems squirrels are invading Classical music!
...the day the squirrel went bezerk, in that that sleepy little town of Pascagoula... 😲
I could be mistaken... this isn't a Russian Folk tune, is it?
Anyway, wonderful separate violin melody and harmony videos for "The Squirrels", played by Donglai Zhu. LOVE THIS!
This piece, by Henri Busser, was made for Flute and Piano - but, that wouldn't stop me from trying it! "Les Écureuils" (The Squirrels), played by Margaret Claudin and Paul S. Jones (Craig Claudin).
VERY pretty piece!
I'd honestly never heard of it before. But by looking at Donglai Zhu's channel and searching for it in combination with the other pieces on the channel, I was able to find where it comes from.
It's from Book 2 of Christian Heinrich Hohmann's Practical Method for the Violin, and as such I would assume it was composed for instructional purposes. It may also have been retitled at some point; the piece is titled "Autumn Song" in the older edition found on IMSLP, and "The Squirrels" in a much more recent Schirmer edition.
I probably misunderstand the point of the thread, but here's a piece I first heard on the radio when I was 16 or 17. I got the sheet music out of the library, but it was too difficult for us - in particular our bassoonist was a beginner.
I've looked for it a few times, but never heard a performance that excited me as much the one back then. The first Ohhhh! at 7.49 should be a scream, I feel. Also you need a hall with drier acoustics so that the words are understood.
I really enjoyed "The Birds" - it's WONDERFUL!
New to me, love that it's from 1928 - super excited you shared this!
Can't wait to share this with the rest of the Family.
...lookin' pretty spiffy, there Andrew! 😊
@Gordon Shumway -
I was originally thinking about pieces a little more oriented to the folks who seem to frequent the forum - for them to try to play.
But, this piece is definitely Critters and EXTREMELY entertaining!
This is also new to me - something I would've expected to have been sponsored at my Junior or High School (sadly, wasn't) and should be a requirement of ALL schools (I won't go there).
It's a unique form of musical story telling, described as a Children's Play for Quintet - a little overview and a VERY CLEAR version (script is ©) , from Omega Ensemble, here.
The Grandkids will love it!
Maybe a suggestion for a Fiddlerman Group Project?
...if I became "Ruler of the World", ALL men would be required to wear a tux - everyday. 😈
We had a record of P&tW in the 60s. I think peter Ustinov narrated it. I keep wondering if I should buy a copy, but some of the narrators nowadays are a bit unlikely. Sting, yuk. David Bowie? No. Boris Karloff? !?
I wonder if PeeWee Hermann has done it.
(I'd better make sure that's my last edit - the forum is grinding to a halt at the moment)
There ya go - great Critter pieces!
Think everyone should learn to play at least part of those!
On the list (I'm worse than Santa Claus)!
@Gordon Shumway -
I wouldn't mind David Bowie. 🤭
Of course, he'd have to break out in song a few times. (lol)
Hmm... a Bollywood version of Peter and The Wolf.
For things that people on this forum can play, the first thing that comes to mind is the Catalan Christmas song "El Cant dels Ocells" (The Song of the Birds), which the cellist Pau Casals famously used as an encore at recitals.
Sheet music for a wide range of instruments is easy to find via Google.
I didn't see that coming!
Never thought of Birds as sounding mournful or melancholy - thought only my cats sang a song like that (they always want something, so they up the drama).
"El Cant dels Ocells" (The Song of the Birds) is very beautiful.
Great suggestion for everyone to play!
Think I got enough, yet - to keep me busy?
...oh, woe is me.
why dat burd pecking owl on head?
my wife colelcts owl stuff...its a thing. i dunno why. but every time i see an owl now i have to call her...OWL AT MILE MARKER 173 LOL.. the owl picture in some of videos was a puzzle we put together after her moms funeral.. took forever..one of those 1000 piece things with curved pieces and stuff..lol..
i suspect we are getting ready for a critter party??? yes maybe!!??
Think I got enough, yet - to keep me busy?
i hope not! your poat are great..keep 'em coming!
Did you check out the Owl on stage in the Nordic Critter thread? 🤭
that was so wrong..lol..poor owl
we have woods surrounding house ..3 sides anyway. most nights can hear them chatting about owl stuff. very cool unless the dogs have decided at 12am they need a walk and the owl decides to scream up close. dogs start barking..neighbor dogs start barking..yadda yadda.
got any owl critter tunes?
Okay, we've got Great Horned Owls that nest at the Metro Park every year - not too far down the road. They've had to relocate quite a few Snowy Owls, a few Barn Owls, 1 Great Horned Owl & numerous Hawks/Falcons from the Base (so they don't get sucked into any jet engines). Kevin has helped the "Wildlife Girl" with her traps, but she just finally got an assistant.
Now, where's the Owl tunes?
Hint... check out the Celtic Critters thread!
Paul Gibson's "The Calls of the Owl", Score Video - for Violin, Clarinet, Cello and Harp (George N. Gianopoulos). Rolling Sheet Music.
"The Owl and The Pussycat" by Matyas Seiber, performed by Ward Reijmerink, Raven Mischk, and Eline Welle.
Other solo repertoire:
Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending, for violin and orchestra, is a perennial radio favorite.
Toru Takemitsu, A Bird Came Down the Walk, for viola and piano.
There are a bunch of references to animals in Vivaldi's Four Seasons. In Spring, the first movement begins and ends with chirping birds, and the orchestral violas play the role of barking dogs in the second movement. In Summer, the first movement features several birds, and the second movement is titled "Flies and Bluebottles." In Autumn, the third movement depicts a hunt, with hounds and an unidentified fleeing "beast."