Star Wars Medley

Check out this musically delightful and wonderfully entertaining arrangement of familiar themes from the music of Star Wars for violin and voice, performed by Lindsey Stirling and Peter Hollens! And on a related note, here is a book that might be a perfect gift for the stormtrooper in your life:   [Read more...]

Astruias (Albéniz)

Asturias (Leyenda), by Isaac Albéniz, performed by Eva León on the violin.   [Read more...]

Orawa (Wojciech Kilar)

On Friday evening, I had the privilege of attending a concert by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra string musicians, led by Zach de Pue. It was wonderful. My favorite pieces of the evening were an excerpt from the score for the film Solaris, and the piece in the video above, Orawa by Wojciech Kilar. [Read more...]

Jules Massenet – Meditation from Thais

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Jānis Kalniņš – In the Quiet Hour (Klusā Stundā)

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Kreisler – Preludium and Allegro

A wonderful violin piece, the Preludium and Allegro by Fritz Kreisler, performed by Itzhak Perlman. Kreisler originally claimed the piece was written by the 18th century composer Giulio Gaetano Gerolamo Pugnani (read more about that here).   [Read more...]

Meditation from Thais

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“Mna Na hEireann” performed by Sharon Corr

Now that Christmas is over, I can share some music I saved until now, since I had more Christmas music than I could fit in before it would have to wait another year! Dănuţ Mănăstireanu shared a version of this classic piece, sometimes known by the English translation of its title, “Woman of Ireland,” performed [Read More...]

Spectacular Violin Christmas Carols

Here’s “What Child Is This” performed by Lindsey Stirling: And here’s “Sussex Carol” performed by the Annie Moses Band: That last video comes with a hat tip to John Gardner, whose post about sappy Christmas songs appeared around the same time as Aaron Belz’s on the necessity of sad Christmas songs. [Read more...]

Good King Wenceslas (Alex De Pue Arrangement)

Anyone who has gone to this year’s Yuletide Celebration at the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis will have heard this arrangement of the classic carol by Alex De Pue, not with hammered dulcimer, but rather orchestrated for and performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with the violin solo part played by Alex’s brother, the ISO [Read More...]

Handel – Sonata No.3, 2nd movement

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