Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time
Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time. Watch Hopkins’ reaction.
And you know what? it’s really beautiful
nice to see that your dreams may come true even after 50 years…
A page from pianist Glenn Gould’s score of Hindemith’s song cycle Das Marienleben which he recorded with the Ukrainian born soprano Roxolana Roslak in 1977. As is usual for Gould there are very few interpretive markings, but the page is covered in editing notes.
Du Pré was a British cellist who was raised in a musical family. At the age of four she demanded what the instrument playing in a radio concert was, and after being told it was a cello, demanded to be given such an instrument.
After an entire childhood of training she debuted at the age of sixteen and soon played with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and at the Proms (annual British music festival). At the age of twenty she recorded her first record. The music chosen was the Elgar Cello Concerto (Op. 85, first performed in 1919) and not only did her performance go on to lift the work from relative obscurity, but this went on to become du Pré’s signature music.
Her successful career continued internationally and she met fellow musician Daniel Barenboim, for whom she converted to Judaism and married in 1967. The couple had four children together. Sadly in 1973, when she was only 28 years old, she was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis), which meant she soon had to stop playing. Thus her career ended prematurely and the disease would eventually take her life at only 42 years of age.
Baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827 was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. He also composed other chamber music, choral works (including the celebrated Missa solemnis), and songs.
Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by Christian Gottlob Neefe. During his first 22 years in Bonn, Beethoven intended to study with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and befriended Joseph Haydn. Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 and began studying with Haydn, quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. In about 1800 his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. He gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from this period. x