Did I type too much? Music is something I always rant a lot about. 0___O Sorry!!!
1. Opening Credits
Vocalise for Violin - Sergei Rachmaninoff
This song just gives me sad feels you know? It's wistful and sounds almost like a love song.... I accompanied on the piano with a friend whom I loved a lot a little while ago and it's just a wonderful song to listen to. I think that after learning and playing a song yourself, you will form a certain attachment to it.
Plus, the sound of a well played violin is absolutely beautiful to me.
I think that it's kind of reflective of the way I think about those beginning times of life. Maybe? Nostalgic, sad, wistful, sometimes hurt...
2. Waking Up
The Swan (Carnival of Animals) - Saint Saens
The lulling of the cello and harp and the soft xylophone (?) in the background is really calming and actually sounds like the scene of someone waking up on a lazy summer day. I enjoy playing this song on my flute whenever I'm in a bad mood...
3. First Day of School
Emperor's Hymn (String Quartet in C) - Franz Haydn
I believe this is the German national anthem? Or at least the third stanza. Personally, I love Germany and I absolute LOVE
Haydn, but this is one of his compositions that are not to my taste. I don't even know. But it frustrates me when I listen to all the movements in this one. Meh.
Polonaise in A Major "Military" - Frederic Chopin
OMG. This song just made me laugh as soon as I heard it and looked at the topic. Yes, puberty was a frigging battle, but the nationalistic and almost pompous sound of this particular Chopin piece just doesn't fit my time as a pubescent teen.
Also, just remembering my disastrous music history lessons and my teacher's face when I attempted to explain this particular song is hysterical. Ahem. But yeah, Chopin is fun to play but I tend to lean away from his more nationalistic pieces. I mean, I love Polish food, but their dance songs... mazurkas, polonaises just aren't to my taste.
5. High School
None but the Lonely Hearts - Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Such a desolate song. Violin playing its beautiful high notes and a background of lower string repeating the same few sad harmonies. I believe this is actually based on a German poem, probably by Goethe, as the poem it's based on appears in lieder that Romantic composers such as Schubert and Wolf wrote.
6. First Date
I Love You - Edvard Grieg
God, his music is so hard to play. I think that my first date would have been much more impressive had my date played this song to me. Strings players are just impressive to me.
7. First Break Up
Romance (The Gadfly) - Dmitri Shostakovich
I enjoy listening to this song even though I have no idea whatever The Gadfly is and I don't really know Shostakovich's music well either. My piano teacher played a recording of this to me once and I just fell in love with this song. And I think it's actually a nostalgia factor for why I don't want to know anything else about it. Although it's supposed to be a romantic and happy "in love" song, I always feel melancholy when I listen to it...
8. First Fight
Standchen (Serenade) - Franz Schubert
I can't even explain how much this song affects me. But firstly, I'd like to say that it's totally what a 19th/20th century playa would play on a guitar under his beloved's window while serenading his apologies to her.
If I were to explain how magical this song is... Uggh. Once again, it's also because it's a violin recording. (lol) Violin players are sexy people. But yeah, its got German lyrics and it's just lovely
9. Prom and First Kiss
Cradle Song - Johannes Brahms
I didn't go to prom so maybe that's why? I was probably sleeping during prom though. Wasn't in Canada as I was on a student exchange trip out of the country. It's the song that my mom used to hum to me to get me to sleep.
10. First Job
Barcarolle (The Tales of Hoffman) - Jacques Offenbach
Actually the most famous aria from the opera that was played at the Opera-Comique, I'm sure everyone has heard it. And if not, go listen now! It's actually just a wonderful late night song. I always listen on the car. Of course, I play just the instrumental. The opening motive is just wonderful. Of course, the waltzy feel to it is also quite nice.
My first job was as a lifeguard though, so don't know the relation there.
Melody in F - Anton Rubinstein
Considering the generally dancy and happy nature to this song, I'm hoping it means that I'll have a lovely time at college, barring the stress and work.
..and little sleep. @#$%
Spring Song - Felix Mendelssohn
The thing with this is that I don't ever
want to get married. But I guess a spring wedding sounds nice. Also, Mendelssohn is my favourite composer to play! :-D Although, I basically love all German composers. I think. Except for Bach. But he doesn't count. =___='
13. First Child
Flute Concerto in G Minor "La Notte" - Antonio Vivaldi
I actually played the flute solo for this at school once. Vivaldi stuff is always hard to learn but this just kicked my butt so bad! I don't like his stuff too much, but I guess this song is okay. I guess I'll have a hectic time taking care of my first child?
14. Mid-Life Crisis
Ballet Music in G (from Rosamunde) - Franz Schubert
playing Schubert just because of the sheer difficulty of it, and how beautiful it could sound, and how I'm never quite able to capture the sound I want. This is one of those failures for me. I work on it all the time but it just.. yeah.
Anyways, lovely composition and lovely dialogue between instruments as always.
15. Children All Grown Up
Con Te Partiro - Andrea Bocelli
Dude's got a lovely voice. And I can just barely make out the meaning of the song with my little knowledge of the Italians language through music and Latin.
The instrumentals are nice and its got nice simple harmonies throughout. Con Te Partiro literally means I Will Leave With You.
Song to the Moon (from Rusalka) - Anton Dvorak
Dvorak has some very pretty compositions and they are generally very likeable. This song in particular has very lovely motives... Also, the violin part has the most wonderful contrasts. I hope that's what my retirement will be like.
17. Bucket List Adventures
Nocturne in F Sharp - Franz Chopin
I don't know what this is supposed to mean about my bucket list adventures. That there will be high and low parts? Haha. This nocturne is very fun and easy enough to play. Pretty harmonies as usual.
18. Final Battle
Moonlight Sonata - Ludwig von Beethoven
I've accompanied a friend for this song during their violin exam... It's not a song that I like too much, but it's definitely got that Beethoven feel. 0___O Don't play it at my funeral, future family and friends.
19. Death Scene
I Dreamed a Dream - Les Miserables Version
I don't remember downloading this song? Broadway musicals aren't too enjoyable for me and I also don't really like that such a very important French novel... Yeah. Also, I just think of Susan Boyle every time I hear it.
I can see me dying during my sleep? Or feeling regret? I have no idea.
20. Life Flashing Before Your Eyes
Radetzky March - Johann Strauss (Sr.)
The Karajan conducted version of this is so awesome! I wish I'd been older during the 1980's and lived in Europe. Austria, Belgium, France, Germany!!! GAHHH.
I tend to not like either of the Strauss too much, but this is just a very fun song. I bob my head to it every time I hear it. I can actually imagine a montage of my life with this as background music.
Totally doing that before I die.
21. End Credits