The Day The Earth Stood Still | Soundtrack Suite –Bernard Herrmann

Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975)

One of the great Hollywood film composers. Here his use of the theremin is distinctive, although he used it in a number of other scores.

From: Soundtrack Fred

D’un soir triste — Lili Boulanger (1918)

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)

She composed many pieces before her premature death at age 24. There used to be talk among classical music musicians and enthusiasts about which composers who died young would have contributed increasingly great music had they lived. I’m quite sure she would have.

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Symphony No. 2 in C major — Robert Schumann / BBC Proms conducted by Daniel Harding

Is Daniel Harding a fellow Schumann-phile?  I have thought from early in life that Schumann and I resonated on the soul level.  When Daniel Harding mentions Schumann’s intimacy, he is speaking of what I have always felt.  In fact, it is so personal that I can not adequately put it into words.  I have known many folks who admired Schumann, thought he was a great composer, etc., but they always seemed to me to be not quite resonating with his music as I do; and maybe it is as it will always be.  Schumann may be the most personal composer in my own musical life.  Symphony No. 2 is one of my favorite and most personal pieces of music.  It also carries the life of many years of listening to it.  It always stops me in my tracks.