Thursday, February 10, 2011

Relativity and Baroque Music

The local Classical Station has recently started broadcasting Sunday Baroque, which, though I've never yet managed to catch it in its entirity, or anything even remotely near its entirity, I consider a huge treat. This past Sunday the airwaves were exquisitely alive with a piece called "Folies d' Espagne," by a group called the Palladian Ensemble. If you go to their record label's website, you can hear a tiny clip of the piece, the very last selection on the CD. There are several other impressive versions to be heard on YouTube, my favourite, so far, being the one below, a solo by flutist Mario Caroli, but having heard the Palladian Ensemble's arrangement first, I miss the lively interplay between the recorder and the viola da gamba.

Now, veering off in an entirely different direction, here is a very intriguing article that is only related because the link was posted on Sunday Baroque's Facebook page. . .and it does mention Bach a couple of times--and the Theory of Relativity a couple of times. It's about Einstein's musical side, which was considerable.


Maria said...

This is a really great post! I had no idea Einstein was musical. I always thought he was extremely intelligent, and, therefore, absentminded. I really enjoyed the video of Mario Caroli playing "Folies d'Espagne". It is a really beautiful tune, but what impressed me the most, were the piper-like embellishments at the beginning and end of the tune. I had no idea you could make doublings like that on a modern, keyed flute. I believe I shall have to make a point of practicing the instrument again.

Molly said...

Oh!! Until you pointed that out, I thought, proudly, that I was expanding the horizons of my musical appreciation. . .and now I find myself thwarted by an errant flight of crunluaths! Seriously, though, with that constant return to the grace notes in the low (I s'pose flutists don't technically have a low) hand, it *is* quite similar--and similarly satisfying.