Listen to Harpsichord Music While You Work

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.

Published in: on March 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

All of Edward Gorey’s Animated “Mystery” Intros

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:

Published in: on May 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Addams Family Broadway Musical Gets Better and Better

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.

Published in: on April 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Listen to Dark Classical Music

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.

Published in: on January 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Dark Tango

Here’s two tangos to twist to: Otra’s “Colores de Tango” and “Con Impetu”.  They both have a certain sinister quality to them, and are great fun to listen to.  Both songs can be downloaded for free from DMusic.com:

Published in: on January 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Build Your Own Harpsichord

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.

Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm  Comments (1)  

Grim Carols

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”):

Published in: on December 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Free Classical Music

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:

Published in: on November 27, 2010 at 7:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

3 Modern Classical Music Composers You May Be Unfamiliar With

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):

Published in: on September 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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