[We’re not positive, but we think this mashup is by I AM CRAVING YOU. So thanks!]
Even if you didn’t know that the proper name for this waltz is Sobre las Olas — Over the Waves en Ingles — we bet you recognize the melody. Right? It’s the song they play on merry-go-rounds! And it’s not by Johann Strauss, the waltz king. It’s by Mexican classical composer Juventino Rosas, and performed here by the London Symphony Orchestra.
No, it’s not the Son of Jan Brewja. It’s the perfectly lovely (traditional Mexican) tune Son de la bruja (sound of/song of the witch) arranged by Jose Luis Hurtado, in magical 6/8 time. The Quinteto Latino is Diane Grubbe, Kyle Bruckmann, Leslie Tagorda, Shawn Jones, Armando Castellano. Shot at the Latin American Classical Musical Festival at the Old First Church, October 19, San Francisco.
I thought it was going to be just another rainy winter day in Uruguay, another juan rides the bus, you know? We’re en route from Montevideo to Punta del Este when these “passengers” pulled out ornate steampunk-looking wooden and metal contraptions they called “instruments.” Then a viejo dressed for an earlier century gets onboard. Something about Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Mozart, they said:
Este fue un concierto primera clase, dirigido por el Maestro Federico García Vigil, un obsequio de COT a sus pasajeros, para celebrar la inauguración de nuestra nueva flota de última generación NEOBUS N10.
But you don’t need to ride the NEOBUS N10 to love Mozart. Here’s the complete First Movement of Mozart’s A Little Night Music with a graphical score video so you can follow along:
When she was nine, Daniela Leibman won a First Prize in the Young Artists Category at the International Russian Music Piano Competition with this performance of works by modern classical composer Nicolas Slominsky (video.) In October she’ll play Carnegie Hall.
The 11-year-old was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2002 to a Mexican mother and an American father that had music in their blood. She started playing the piano at the age of three and by the age of six became a professional musician, hence the word “prodigy”.
You can say it’s in the genes, her father is an accomplished violinist and her grandmother is a concert pianist. Her mother Maria Luisa Martinez, a native of Guadalajara, saw right away that even at the age of three she had a gift for understanding rhythm and possessed an excellent memory for music.
French band ZIC ZAZOU plays the greatest hit from Georges Bizet‘s 1875 opera Carmen — Habanera — with stuff that’s lying around the shop. Now, you may ask yourself, “Do some people just have too much time on their hands?” And we say, “You don’t have time, you make time.” [EDITOR’S NOTE: Tell your friends about this video! Suggested email: ‘ZOMG it’s like OPERA and it’s rilly cool! See there’s like these old French guys…'”]