This weekend, whilst watching The Chef’s Table, a six-part docu-series on chefs from around the world and their “best restaurants in the world” on Netflix, there was a piece of music that The BCPF drew a big sigh and said that it was one of her all-time favorite pieces of classical music. So favorite, in fact, that she didn’t know the name of it. I get that with classical music; it’s vast. There was a lull in the speaking parts and I “Shazam-ed” it to find out what it was.
It turns out that it was the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, “Allegretto,” which means a little lively. And, it also turns out that I have it on vinyl. I have all nine of Beethoven’s Symphonies on vinyl. So, we listened to that after the episode of The Chef’s Table we were watching was over. The BCPF’s father was big on classical and played that, over popular music of almost any kind, quite often at home. I was a music major my first stint in college and learned (and enjoyed learning) to appreciate it. I know my favorite pieces, especially from Beethoven and Mozart and some of the most famous pieces from others, like Strauss II and Tchaikovsky and Chopin. We enjoyed taking that in.
I got my first CD player in December, 1989. Sometime after that Ma Mére and I were doing a little shopping at Sam’s when we came across the “Masters of Classical Music” 10-disc set and she got it for me. I wore the Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart ones out, listened moderately to the Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Vivaldi ones and with the exception of “Toccata and Fugue in D minor,” stayed far away from the Bach one. I’m not a fan of his, at all. The others were Wagner (which I do like, even more now than then), Verdi and Schubert. Side note: I wonder if Giuseppe Verdi was mean? Get it? I’ll let it rest for now.
Anywhat! We put all 10 in my 200 disc changer and listened from Disc 1 (Mozart) through Disc 3 (Beethoven; Bach was Disc 2) on Saturday before we went to The Less Desirables Post-Post-Post Holiday Party. Sunday morning we picked back up and kept going through Disc 10 (Verdi). The BCPF did some things around the house, cooked some meals and actually colored a bit (yes, she does that; it’s cool). When 3B got there, I could tell that he was nonplussed. He’s been grounded from all his electronics and he’s relegated to watching whatever it is we are watching. However, we weren’t watching anything. He did try, though, I’ll give him that. Ordinarily, I’ll fight him on sleeping the day away but, for this, I let him go.
All of the music was relaxing. I told her that I have a good bit of classical and opera in my CD collection and we have access to much more online. It was really enjoyable so I think we can count on doing that a good bit in the future. So nice. So, Giuseppe Verdi… did you get it, yet? Giuseppe is Italian for Joseph and Verdi is Italian for green. So Joe Green(e)… Okay, it was a bad joke and not worth the build up. But, it’s here, anyway! Do you listen to much classical or opera? What’s your favorite composer or piece, or even pieces of music? I’d love to hear about it.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.” – Ludwig Van Beethoven