If you’re a lover of the harpsichord, then you should be aware of Last.fm’s free music channel devoted entirely to harpsichord masterpieces. There’s an almost endless stream of music from the website, so you won’t grow bored easily. It makes a lovely, relaxing background to whatever work you have to do throughout the day. There are the occasional non-harpsichord pieces that have accidentally been mislabeled, which slip into the channel now and then, but you can skip past any tracks you don’t particularly enjoy.
One of my fondest memories as a child (and most likely a great part of the reason why I’m slightly mentally disturbed as an adult) was eagerly waiting for the Edward Gorey animated intros and bumpers for the public broadcasting station’s “Mystery” television series. Finally, thanks to Youtube, I can enjoy them all again, and I’d like to share them all with you:
If you’ve been putting off seeing the Addams Family musical on Broadway, you should really consider doing so now. The musical numbers and dialogues have been pared and refined to perfection over the past few months, and with Roger Rees taking over from the equally brilliant Nathan Lane, as the new Gomez Addams, this macabre comedy is the best it’s ever been.
I’ve just added a nifty, little widget to the sidebar of this blog for your enjoyment. Play through over twenty dark, classical songs while you browse the site! The currently available titles include:
- “Prelude and Fugue in A Minor” by Bach
- “Prelude and Fugue in B Minor” by Bach
- “Prelude and Fugue in C Minor” by Bach
- “Prelude and Fugue in E Minor (Cathedral)” by Bach
- “Sonata No. 5 in F Minor” by Bach
- “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” by Bach
- “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven
- “Hungarian Dance, No. 5” by Brahms
- “Libertango” by C. Giorgi
- “Organ Concerto, Movements I-III” by Francis Poulenc
- “La Cumparsita” by Gerardo Hernan Matos Rodriguez
- “Concerto in A Minor, Parts 1 & 3” by J.G. Walther and G. Torelli
- “Colores de Tango” by Otra
- “Con Impetu” by Otra
- “La Follia” by Vivaldi
- “The Four Seasons: Summer” by Vivaldi
If you want to make your own mp3 player for your blog or website, visit Playlist.com.
Wish you had a harpsichord in your living room, but can’t afford to buy one? Well, perhaps you can afford to build your own! You can get in touch with the Paris Workshop, which will send you the parts and instructions, allowing you to construct it yourself at a much lower price than you would pay to buy a fully assembled one. They have a wide array of models to choose from, including French, Flemish, Neapolitan, Italian, Spinet, fretted, and unfretted.
We’ve all heard the same old, cheery, cheesy Christmas carols over store speakers every year. But you’ve likely never heard these lesser known, dark holiday songs. Take, for instance, the “Coventry Carol”, written about the biblical legend of King Herod’s mass infanticide, or the quiet gloom of the “Huron Carol” (also called “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”), or the Medieval dirge, the “Carol of the Birds” (“A la Venue de Noel”).
The Coventry Carol:
The Huron Carol (“Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”):
Carol of the Birds (“A la Venue de Noel”):
ClassicCat.net is my very favorite website for freely downloadable classical music in mp3 format. They link to thousands of different classical pieces, by hundreds of different composers. Simply type what you’re looking for in the search bar at the top right corner of their website, and follow the link to the mp3s!
Here’s a few of my favorite tunes:
We all know of Tchaikovsky, Bach, and Beethoven, of course, but here’s three chillingly talented classical music composers that lived (all but one is now deceased) and worked within the last century.
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963):
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946):
Karl Jenkins (1944-Present):