Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Concerto for Mandolin, Strings and Basso Continuo" RV425 by Antonio Vivaldi.

OK, more Baroque: Nicknamed "Il Prete Rosso" (The Red Priest), this Venetian composer deeply influenced J. S. Bach, among many others. While greatly respected and well-received during his lifetime, his popularity steadily decreased until a robust revival during the mid to late 20th century. His only concerto for solo mandolin was featured in "The Cowboys" in 1972 and in "Kramer vs. Kramer" in 1979. It has been transcribed for guitar and lute. Composer? Solo mandolin concerto?

Yesterday's answer: "How Can I Be Sure" by The Young Rascals. My 2nd fave Rascals tune after "Baby, Let's Wait". I used to be able to hit Eddie's stratospheric notes towards the end of the song in my younger years. NOT NO MORE!!! Early presbylarynges perhaps?! I HATE it when that happens!

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