Music: Who Wants To Live Without It?

Photo by Sun Pictures / Lakshman
Music has usually played a main piece of my existence, because within the earliest age I can remember traditional music continually playing in our house. Dad had a lot of 78s and an electric player that required frequent needle changes. In truth I utilized to consider him change them consistently every 8 plays – not anything he’d allow anyone else do!!

As kids, we utilized to provide singing recitals – especially at Christmas occasions!! I’m thankful for the exposure our parents gave us to music – whether or not father had been a bit single minded when, in the late 50’s my brother Kenneth, bought house a recording of the fresh rock-n-roll singer called Buddy Holly I think daddy thought it wasn’t right sound and that the record couldn’t potentially be as much as the same standard as his Beethoven or Mozart recordings!!

He utilized to have continual conversations with Kenneth about playing them on his’ radiogram. And as for the Beatles and Rolling Stones records I sought to play a several years later – no comment!!

Both my 2 siblings were taught to play traditional music found on the piano by our Aunty Win. For myself; it had been 1962 and I was too interested in my Uncle Frank’s brand new MGB roadster to focus – try as my mum did to inspire me!!

My eldest brother, Robert, turned out to be a very experienced musician – playing the French horn professionally for numerous years. Kenneth, my different brother, in later years, might receive all his ale bought for him in the NAFFI bar, whacking out tunes whenever we had a session – whether or not it meant he had a bad head on parade the following day!

After I left house and joined the British Armed Forces, I need to state my mates weren’t too happy about Grieg being played in the barrack area. Same difficulty as my father experienced – different music. So I had to utilize earphones to hear to him. But when ‘The Who’ came on – today, which became a numerous story – then we utilized to receive into issues with all the Duty Sergeant for actively playing the music too loud!!

Anyway, through the years, I have built a passion for all kinds of music and my assortment of plastic records has today extended to include Amadeus Mozart through to Led Zeppelin. But, I think if I required to choose simply 1 part of sound to consider to this desert island it might need to be:

Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No1 in F Minor, Op 73.

My favourite recording of the great piece: (just 1 of many!) Deutshe Grammophon 136550 SLPEM (stereo – 1968) Karl Leister, Clarinet, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performed by Rafael Kubelik.

I purchased this recording while placed in Germany in 1970 – since then I have acquired alternative fine recordings of the Concerto, but I discover Karl Leister’s interpretation of the Adagio(particularly) completely catches Mozart’s goal of composing the many profoundly expressive movement for a solo instrument.

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