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G.I. Gurdjieff

Gurdjieff medley


G.I. Gurdjieff was surely one of the most influencial figures from the first half of the 20th century, as regards influencing the big names in the Arts, Mystical schools, Musicians etc. An incredibly charismatic man who lived life to the full. His music is unlike any other. Isn’t it?

4 pieces:

Sacred hymne no. 4 / Allegretto / Chants of the Molokans / Tibetan melody



Who knows Bernhard Henrik Crusell? Who loves clarinet?

I’d never heard of Crusell. As usual most good stuff I find is ‘accidental’ – just stumbling around in cyberspace; and that’s how I found Crusell.

Anyway this guy Crusell (15 October 1775 – 28 July 1838) was a Swedish-Finnish clarinetist, composer and translator, “the most significant and internationally best-known Finnish-born classical composer and indeed, — the outstanding Finnish composer before Sibelius”.

Here’s his clarinet concerto #2 in F minor / second movement.




Allegri Composers

Palestrina’s ‘Miserere mei Deus.’ Some sacred music.

Ooops! This piece is NOT by Palestrina, but rather by Gregorio Allegri.

My apologies to Francis Brabazon!

The wonderful Australian poet Francis Brabazon was fond of Palestrini’s music. I had never heard anything by him until now. Since I admire Francis’ poetry so much, and the life he led as a Spiritual seeker, it behooved me to check him out.

After all those years of avoiding vocal music, I’ve now made the huge leap to even enjoying ‘sacred music.’ Sometimes the comments you’ll find about UTube videos are really intense! Here are a few about this piece.

This brings me peace among an ocean of issues. This transports me outside me. This is the Real Art.

and this: I’m not religious at all, I still love this.

and: Dang I just cried

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525 – 2 February 1594) Miserere mei Deus




Somebody took a chill pill redux

When i begin to reference my own web site; that will be the day where I’ve truly Made It.

That day has come!

Recently I was haunted by a memory of my glorious Classical D.J. days in Castlemaine, Victoria; and how there was a piece that I featured and pontificated about, but couldn’t remember what the piece was.

It involves my love of super slow piano riffs: The silence between the notes (*when done by a Master like Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin … or in this case Brahms)

Just today I came upon this posting on my site; of a piece by Brahms, with some super duper slow piano, and great cello in the bargain. And then I remembered that this is the piece I featured on the radio show.


Brahms piano trio #1 in B major op. 8 – Adagio




Impressive composition, and this guy loves his Cello

Stumbling around through google titles like: Most Beautiful Classical Melody, Greatest Symphonic Moments, Great Piano Solos and so on and so forth. This beauty – that I didn’t know of before – was “discovered” in one of those sites.

Stumble on!


For my brother by accident

I just now accidentally stumbled upon this piece by Anton Reicha. While I listened I had a feeling that my brother would enjoy it. The winds, the lightheartedness and playfulness of it.

It’s Reicha’s Octet for string quartet and winds in E flat major Op. 96 – first movement

Reicha’s Octet for string quartet and winds in E flat major Op. 96 – first movement orange_download_button


Obscure bassoon piece

In a recent email from Naxos there was a featured album of bassoon and orchestra pieces by some of the great composers, some of whom were not known for bassoon or  orchestral pieces: Such as Verdi, Puccini and Paganini. This third movement from Puccini’s Bassoon Concerto is certainly no master work – but a charming little piece nonetheless! Enjoy

Puccini Bassoon Concert orange_download_button

My first post in a while! Hope you enjoy it