Many travelers – even to this very day – take musical instruments with them on trips. In the early days of exploration music could help “set” the mood, expressing the fact the visitors came in peace out of curiosity and were not a threat.
Why I like music (continued)...
Here's my first quick attempt at some top ten favourites, although I'm sure are lots of people I've forgotten...
Favourite female singers
Corinne Bailey Rae
Favourite male singers
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
The Gotan Project
The Rolling Stones
At this moment in time, these make the final cut of my top ten musical works are:
He works to the utmost to convey the emotion of a text and his word painting is part of that. Perhaps the most famous and oft-quoted example of the technique is in, "Every valley shall be exalted", the tenor aria early in Part I of Messiah. On the lyric "...and every mountain and hill made low; the crooked straight and the rough places plain". The notes climb, descend and alternate together with the text.
I also really like Serse - Accompagnato: Frondi tenere.
J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion Erbarme Dich, Mein Gott
Bach’s St. Matthew Passion shows human achievement at its greatest and most humbling. I also really like the cello suites.
Mozart’s Requiem, Mass No. 19 in D minor, Sequenx: Lacrimosa
It was as a prodigy on the violin that Bruch began jotting down ideas for his First Violin Concerto at age nineteen. It was nearly eleven years, however, before the piece was finalized in the form published in 1868 in Wiesbaden. The resulting work, in the words of American music writer Jonathan Kramer, “is a virtuoso's dream...dramatic, fiery, and melodic.”