Classical Music Stories

Classical Music Stories: The Great Gatsby and Debussy

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Wow, has it really been over two years since I shared a Classical Music Story with The Great Gatsby?? We’re breaking the streak today with a short piano piece by Debussy, composer of the beloved “Clair de Lune.”

Classical Music Stories is a series that connects music to your favorite books and characters. Since listening to classical music can be like hearing a story (albeit an abstract one), imagining specific stories that match the music can make it that much more fun and accessible!

Estampes No. 3: Jardins Sous La Pluie by Claude Debussy Continue reading “Classical Music Stories: The Great Gatsby and Debussy”

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Music Mash-Ups: Rock + Chopin, Rock + Opera

And one more thrown in for good measure!

If you’re like me, one of the coolest things to find is an amazing mash-up book, like with a fairy tale re-imagined in a different world or a horror retelling of a literary classic (I’m looking at you, Jane Slayre). But what I’ve been discovering more and more lately is that music can be a mash-up, too, and when it is…well, let’s just say it can be pretty cool.

So behold! My top 3 music mash-ups (at different levels of mash-upiness.) Continue reading “Music Mash-Ups: Rock + Chopin, Rock + Opera”

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Silent Night: A Creepy Classical Version

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Christmas continues to approach, and what better way to celebrate than with some Christmas music? But not just any Christmas music…behold, the classical composer Alfred Schnittke’s rendition of “Silent Night” for violin and piano:

What starts out as a relatively simple, beautiful version of the carol starts to become unhinged towards the end of the first Continue reading “Silent Night: A Creepy Classical Version”

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Classical Music Stories: Wuthering Heights

 

This week I started rereading one of my all-time favorite books, Wuthering Heights. It seemed only natural then to share another classical music story inspired by this novel, paired with an equally mystical (and equally loved) piano piece!

Classical Music Stories is a series that connects music to your favorite books and characters. Since listening to classical music can be like hearing a story (albeit an abstract one), imagining specific stories that match the music can make it that much more fun and accessible!

Liszt-Paganini Etude in G#-minor (La Campanella)
Composed by Franz Liszt Continue reading “Classical Music Stories: Wuthering Heights”

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Stock Characters You Can Hear in Classical Music

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“In the old times, when it was still of some use to wish for the thing one wanted, there lived a king whose daughters were all handsome, but the youngest was so beautiful that the sun himself, who has seen so much, wondered at her beauty each time he shone over her.”

-The Frog Prince

In many stories, there are stock characters: the evil stepmother, the beautiful queen, the creepy vampire, the clever detective (and of course, the butler did it!) … There may always be variations, and characters may not always be explicitly transparent as stock characters, but they’re Continue reading “Stock Characters You Can Hear in Classical Music”

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A Choose Your Own Adventure Story with Classical Music

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A large part of this blog is imagining books and characters in different pieces of classical music. But for any one Classical Music Story there are so many others that could be imagined within the music, even using the same book or characters!

And so Classical Music Stories: Choose Your Own Adventure Remix was born.

How it works: each segment of this approximately 4-minute piece of music is imagined to relate to a different part of the story (in this case, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre). Start reading at the very beginning (0:00) and on until the first juncture where you can choose what Rochester does next. Then it’s as simple as continuing to make choices and following the story and music until the end! You can either listen to the music while reading, pause the music in between sections when you have to make a decision, or listen to the music first all the way through and follow the story in a second listen-through. The choice (once again) is yours!

Enjoy! Continue reading “A Choose Your Own Adventure Story with Classical Music”

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Classical Music Stories: The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Debussy

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Classical Music Stories is a series that connects music to your favorite books and characters. Since listening to classical music can be like hearing a story (albeit an abstract one), imagining specific stories that match the music can make it that much more fun and accessible!

As Halloween approaches it’s only appropriate that we look at some music and stories with otherworldly intrigue… Continue reading “Classical Music Stories: The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Debussy”