Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sanity Sunday: Four by Glass Duo

by Nomad

For this Sunday's sanity break, I have chosen the husband-wife pair from Poland, Arkadiusz and Anna Szafraniec. This pair of unique musicians go by the name GlassDuo. They create hypnotically beautiful music using only their fingers and an elaborate arrangement of sparkling wine glasses.
Their bio states:
Some time ago, being charmed with the sound of musical glasses, they abandoned their places in the symphony orchestra in Gdansk and started to realize their own idea of performing.
Today they play the glass harp in duo and with other musicians as well. They've successfully performed with string quartets and various chamber ensembles.
GlassDuo have worked together with the majority of Polish orchestras including The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia as well as with orchestras from outside Poland.
Their latest album, Glassified, is available on Itunes.

First up on our Sunday program is a piece of organ music, Toccata and Fugue in D, by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The second piece comes from a live performance at the Chamber Music Festival in Bologna, Italy in 2010. There are two parts to this melody, Morning Mood and Anitra's Dance from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite.

Third in the lineup also comes from the same performance. It too is by Bach, entitled Invention No.8

Finally, my personal favorite since I was a child, Mozart's Turkish March. This also happens to be one of Mozart's best-known piano pieces.
My mother had a few classic 78s which I often played over and over, usually at the wrong speed. One of those records was the Turkish March.

(It must have been a time-travelling message from my future self.)

That's about all of the highfalutin cultural stuff I have for you. I hope it relaxes you and gives you the energy you need to get through another week.