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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I treated myself to some new music....


We spent the weekend in beautiful Melbourne; visited Docklands and tried some new restaurants. Yesterday, while DMJ was discussing things piscatorial with government, I spent the morning and most of the afternoon strolling, browsing interesting shops and treating myself to some CDs and sheet music.

I visited my favourite haunt, Thomas' Music, established in 1922. They are the classical specialists and the staff there are so helpful. I was looking for the Purcell Quartet in particular and found two; one of Vivaldi's Sonatas for Strings and the other, Arcangelo Corelli's 'La Folia' and other sonatas, both very beautiful.

The third CD I bought from a young man, Alejandro Florez, busking in Bourke St Mall. He plays Spanish guitar and had two others playing with him. He had quite an audience around him, all tapping their feet. It's a bright, bubbly CD that urges one to dance! "Solquemia" means 'The alchemical light energy from the sun that illuminates the path from one's pain into happiness, then ultimately into enlightenment.'

'The Joy of Baroque' contains 44 pieces; works by Bach, Couperin, Handel, Purcell, Rameau, Scarlatti and others. Seems as though today will be filled with music!

8 comments:

Derrick said...

Happy listening, Alaine! We had a musical weekend too, which was very enjoyable.

T. Clear said...

I love the word piscatorial!

There's nothing like some new piano music. This reminds me that I haven't sat down at the keyboard in too long a time.

willow said...

Wonderful choices! (love your new look! hee!)

Alaine said...

Derrick...I'm halfway through the book of baroque pieces; had a lovely day.

Alaine said...

T...yes, sort of rolls around in the mouth, doesn't it! Another word I love is 'antiquarian'; hubby has a lot of antiquarian angling books, as they call them!

You must treat yourself to some time at the keyboard! I'll be back into it today.

Alaine said...

Willow...thank you for dropping in; I've missed your visits! The new look; I swearI've had it since March 12!! Last time I looked, before we went away for the weekend, your blog was cream! Synchronicity again...

Vagabonde said...

I like what solquemia means but I would not be able to repeat it. Today I received a (belated) birthday card from my eldest daughter who is spending a few days in Puerto Rico. The card had 3 pages in Spanish. I am going to have to copy it in the Net and get google translate. I am sure it is all good (maybe?) We had a couple of stores selling classical CD in Atlanta and they went out of business. Even in the big stores, they barely carry any. It's a pity.

Alaine said...

Vagabonde...I can't get anything classical unless I travel one hour and then a limited supply. I have to wait until we visit the city and then I go overboard!