What do you think of these old Viennese dances?
- Timeless beauty - what was good enough for my great grandmother is good enough for me!
- Hideous, old-fashioned treacly tripe - Death Metal was invented to replace this nonsense!
I'm reading Yehudi Menuhin's autobiog., and he rather astutely, to paraphrase him severely, says that Heifetz was tangible, but Kreisler was intangible.
Little German lesson for you (because the two words are so often confused):
Lied (rhymes with feet) is a song. Plural Lieder, rhymes with feeder.
Leid (rhymes with fight) means suffering, and the piece is called Liebesleid, love's suffering, not Liebeslied, lovesong. (I'm not sure Leid has a plural. In the case of Goethe's Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers, Leiden is the plural of Leiden, slightly different).
Freud is an abbreviation of Freude, which means joy. (hence Ode an die Freude)
Schön Rosmarin means "beautiful rosemary". I guess Kreisler liked roast lamb.
No, they are not for beginners, but I thought I'd collect them together so I had the set.
I've really liked Kreisler's compositions/arrangements for a long time
Here are the ones on my stand now. The notes are not too difficult, but I'll be darned if I can make them sound like the ones I hear on Youtube ;(
Danse Orientale (from Scheherazade)
Chanson Arabe (from Scheherazade)
Bob in Lone Oak, Texas