Saturday, January 30, 2016

A very musical day Part 2

January 30th, 2016

I had never heard anyone else play Weber's Last Thought

and my curiousity was piqued

so I went to visit GOOGLE, with high hopes.

There were three videos on You tube,  and the first two dismayed me.  The notes were there, but no music, no feeling.....

I tried the third, which claimed to be Weber's Last Waltz, but it wasn't - it was a really touching rendition of his Last Thoughts, by a United Kingdom pianist, Phillip Sear. 
 I know you will enjoy it.

The second piece he plays is the Fairy Waltz....

I also found a You tube rendition for the guitar

                                      and that Weber's Last Waltz is popular with Bands,
                                                 where it is played by the euphonium
or other bass instruments, -
or a saxophone.,,,,
 Here is a 1920's recording with a concertina and a cornet.....

As to who wrote Weber's Last Thought (Waltz)  Carl Gottleib Reissiger
seems to get the most credit.
He worked for most of his life at the Dresden Court
where he succeeded Carl Maria von Weber as Kappelmeister.
(back in the time of Schubert and Beethoven)

He is best known today for Weber's Last Waltz,
so called because of a manuscript found amongst Weber's belongings.

I was also very impressed with the repertoire that Phillip Sear
has to offer, and his reputation
as a professional musician.
He is just the person my granddaughter is looking
for to play at her wedding,
(but is probably going to have to put up with me,
as I am closer!!!)

1 comment:

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have referred this post to me son, Hildred. He is a musician- in fact he lives, eats and sleeps music. He teaches double bass, guitar, cello and piano in school so thought he might enjoy the Weber.
Love your header!