Throughout much of the past week (from Tuesday until Friday night) I took medicine that left me feeling somewhat sluggish (and stopped two days earlier than planned due to excessive swelling). So I didn’t really feel well enough to do anything until the a few days ago. Nevertheless, I managed to select what pieces of music I want to memorize, and what titles I want to read. The honorable mentions are music and books I want to tackle if I have enough time. I have 84 days, let’s see what happens.
Greensleeves, a traditional English melody by an unknown composer, that doubles as the carol “What Child is This”.
Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas. It’s a lovely and haunting melody, that even people who don’t like the film have told me they love.
Beauty and the Beast (the ballroom theme) from Beauty and the Beast. Yes, this is the famous “tales as old as time” song, it’s more frequently done on the piano, but I thought the low, slow notes would sound good on the recorder.
“A Favourite Air in the Opera of Alexander” by Handel. I was unsure if this was originally written for the recorder or not. It’s apparently based on his aria Pregi son d’un alma grande for Alessandro, written in 1726. Given in the book A Solo Book for Treble Recorder: 175 solo pieces from eight centuries. It’s only 1 1/2 pages, so it shouldn’t be too hard.
Honorable Mentions: Out of Thin Air from Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Lord Inchiquin by Turlough O’Carolan
Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid. I managed to play the first few bars of this a few months ago, and thought it was lovely on the piano. You hear of many people wanting to sing this one (and I wouldn’t mind being able to some day), but it’s amazing as a purely instrumental version.
Go the Distance from Hercules. Triumphant, stirring and gorgeous, it was nominated for an Oscar (though it lost to that year’s Titanic), it’s named as one of the favorite disney songs for a lot of people, but seems to get overlooked.
Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This is the sort of song that you still hear on the radio today. My Mother loves it, along with the film. Usually you hear it played on the guitar, but as I have the music for the piano, I thought I would give it a try.
Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music. Another favorite of my Mother’s, and I want to play it for her too. It’s catchy and clever and teaches solfege!
Allegretto in G Major by Mozart. I got this selection from Mozart, 14 Of His Easiest Piano Pieces For The Piano, and this is supposed to be the 2nd easiest. Not sure if it’s simply Allegretto, or Sonatina in G Major, Allegretto This piece is shown frequently being played by children, or on a simple electronic keyboard, so it should be manageable.
Rondo Alla Turca by Mozart. This piece, one of his most famous, is fast paced and demands flexibility to be played really well, yet I still want to attempt it!
Honorable Mentions: God Help the Outcasts from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, O Come All Ye Faithful, Sonata in C major, Hob.XVI:35 by Haydn
18th Century Novels
Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson
Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Haywood
Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
The Female Quixote: or, the Adventures of Arabella by Charlotte Lennox
The Man of Feeling by Henry Mackenzie
Caleb Williams: Or, Things As They Are by William Godwin
Honorable Mentions: Cecilia by Frances Burney, La Religeuse by Denis Diderot, The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith
Research Shelf Books
Antonio Salieri and Viennese Opera by John Rice
Naples en fête: Théâtre, opéras et castrats au XVIIIème siècle by Patrick Barbier
Farinelli: Le castrat des lumieres by Patrick Barbier
La Maison des Italiens: Les Castrats a Versailles by Patrick Barbier
Mozart: A Cultural Biography Robert W. Gutman
Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose
Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution by Joseph T. Glatthaar and James Kirby Martin
The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America by Linford D. Fisher
Music of the Colonial and Revolutionary Era by John Ogasapian
In Pursuit of Liberty: Coming of Age in the American Revolution by Emmy E. Werner
Honorable Mentions: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Belonging to the Army: Camp Follower and Community During the American Revolution by Holly A. Mayer, Dr. Benjamin Church, Spy: A Case of Espionage on the Eve of the American Revolution by John A. Nagy, Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War by Kenneth A. Daigler, Spies in the Continental Capital: Espionage Across Pennsylvania During the American Revolution by John A. Nagy