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  • Track Name

    Clarinet Quintet In A, K 581, "Stadler" - Allegro

  • Album

    Clarinet Quintet K.581, Clarinet Quartet K.374

  • Artist

    Danubius Quartet & József Balogh


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791).

The Quintet in A major for Clarinet and StringsK. 581, was written in 1789 for the clarinetist Anton Stadler; Scored for one clarinet and a string quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello). Although originally written for basset clarinet, it is almost always played on a clarinet in A or B-flat.

It was Mozart’s only completed clarinet quintet, and is one of the earliest and best-known works written especially for the instrument. It remains to this day one of the most admired of the composer’s works.

The composer indicated that the work was finished on 29 September 1789. It received its premiere on 22 December of the same year, in one of the four annual Vienna performances of the Tonkünstler-Societät, an organisation that existed to fund pensions for widows and orphans of musicians.


Anonymous asked:

what is your writing tagged under? i think it was you who used to write little hannibal fics?

I think I tagged those very short texts “hannibal on vacation”. Writing in english doesn’t come easy for me, so I probabbly won’t be doing that again anytime soon. But thanks.

  • Track Name

    Valse triste Op.44

  • Album

    Jean Sibelius: Finlandia - Valse triste - Tapiola - Der Schwan von Tuonela

  • Artist

    Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan


Jean Sibelius - Valse Triste.

It is night. The son, who has been watching beside the bedside of his sick mother, has fallen asleep from sheer weariness, Gradually a ruddy light is diffused through the room: there is a sound of distant music: the glow and the music steal nearer until the strains of a valse melody float distantly to our ears. The sleeping mother awakens, rises from her bed and, in her long white garment, which takes the semblance of a ball dress, begins to move silently and slowly to and fro. She waves her hands and beckons in time to the music, as though she were summoning a crowd of invisible guests. And now they appear, these strange visionary couples, turning and gliding to an unearthly valse rhythm. The dying woman mingles with the dancers; she strives to make them look into her eyes, but the shadowy guests one and all avoid her glance. Then she seems to sink exhausted on her bed and the music breaks off. Presently she gathers all her strength and invokes the dance once more, with more energetic gestures than before. Back come the shadowy dancers, gyrating in a wild, mad rhythm. The weird gaiety reaches a climax; there is a knock at the door, which flies wide open; the mother utters a despairing cry; the spectral guests vanish; the music dies away. Death stands on the threshold.

  • Track Name

    Purcell: The Fairy Queen - Act 2: Hush, No More, Be Silent All

  • Album

    Purcell: The Fairy Queen [Disc 1]

  • Artist

    Jennifer Smith, Stephen Varcoe, Etc.; John Eliot Gardiner: English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir


Music: The Fairy Queen - Act 2: Hush, No More, Be Silent All
Composer: Henry Purcell (England)
Year: 1692
Performers: Jennifer Smith, Stephen Varcoe, Etc.; John Eliot Gardiner: English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir

If I had small children, I would inculcate them with this song at bedtime so that they would never follow in their mamma’s footsteps and develop insomnia. The perfect lullaby.

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