Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Isle

This is such a beautiful piece of music.

I want to go to the isle of the dead. I think it would be rather nice.

Rachmaninoff sometimes makes me think of an old black and white film with some guy and his girlfriend walking along white picket fences in some pristine suburban neighbourhood on a fine spring night and they're both wearing cashmere sweaters and suddenly they see a fireball shooting through the sky and crashing a few blocks away and they go to see what it is and behold the alien invasion is just beginning. I like that.


Belfry Bat said...

I delight in 5-beat time! Those slippery bits where he's switching from 5=3+2 to 5=2+3 and back... There's a kind of good music that makes one think and attend, but isn't exhausting...

tibi gratias ago.

Paul Stilwell said...

I'm pretty sure I know of what you're talking about but, since I'm quite interested, could you point out what at what times they occur?

Very much agree with what you say...he leaves the palette clean, not entirely satiating it, but neither underwhelming it by any means. Which is funny because he often goes for long sustained string sounds (especially in his symphonies) that to ears today could sound gaudily romantic, overly rich. But it's not.