Peer Gynt suite wasn’t original idea of Edvard Grieg. He composed it on Henrik Ibsen’s request.
Ibsen was a Norwegian dramatist who wrote a play 'Peer Gynt' in 1867 during his trip around Apennine Peninsula, in Rome, Sorrento and Ischia Island.
Henrik Ibsen phototographed by Gustav Borgen
The play wasn’t showed to public, although it got printed in Copenhagen. The first edition accounted for 1 250 copies. After two weeks reprints were needed –...
Last Updated (Friday, 20 March 2015 09:50)
Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women
Anyone who has watched USA films from the Deep South or South-West must have seen Honky Tonk – a type of bar, where small bands play dancing music. Sometimes, in smaller places, the music was delivered by only a piano or a jukebox.
The origin of the term honky tonk is not clear. „Tonk” was apparently related to William Tonk & Bros, piano makers. The factory’s products, made in Chicago and New York, were commonly known as „Tonk...
Last Updated (Sunday, 15 March 2015 22:04)
Legendary St. Louis Blues
Undoubtedly the most popular and long-lasting blues piece in history is W.C. Handy’s immortal and classical St. Louis Blues. The melody has travelled round the world countless times and there is no sign of things being any different in the future.
According to Handy himself he was inspired to compose it, while walking the streets of St. Louis. In one of the streets he came across a black woman in despair. She was waiting for her man and wailing...
Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 March 2015 20:35)
St. James Infirmary Blues
For few days now my thoughts are somehow floating around Eric Burdon and The Animals. Today I’ve listened to several pieces executed by The Lippa Jazz Band, a group that plays very traditional jazz.
Their personnel are equally traditional: a trumpet, a trombone, a clarinet, a banjo, a drums and a tuba. The last instrument gets my kicks the most, because it is very rarely used these days. Lippa Jazz Band is an Italian band founded in the Nineties. They’re...
Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:11)
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Dream a Little Dream of Me is a beautiful song. It was written by two musicians Wilbur Schwandt and Fabian Andre. Lyrics fit perfectly to its melody vibes and were created by Gus Kahn. The piece was published in 1930 hence it is no secret who wrote it.
Today both composers are already forgotten. They didn’t create any other big hit. Gus Kahn used to write lyrics to melodies of other composers which is why his name appears more often on the...
Last Updated (Saturday, 14 March 2015 14:57)