Rodney

A perfect song in the Romantic style

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This recording has been one of my earliest inspirations as a composer and songwriter. It is a love song to the city of Vienna, written by Rudolf Sieczyński, sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. 

 

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Rodney.

Lovely. I did not know this song. And I knew nothing about Sieczyński until now.

Schwarzkopf is magnificent as always.

On listening, I thought of this as the soul of the American Musical in a German accent. Not very precise, but it makes sense to me. :) 

I looked up Sieczyński and saw that this song is his claim to fame and it was popularized by the Kubrick movie, Eyes Wide Shut. That would have gone right past me because I have tried to watch that movie several times and I just cannot get into it.

In fact, I believe the entire icky aesthetic of that movie is the opposite of what this song conveys.

Who knows? One day I might try to see it again just to see how the music was used.

btw - For some reason, the video did not embed for you. Nor for me when I used the link you posted. So I fixed it. (I had to paste the same link as you used, but strictly as plain text. Then it embedded. Go figure...)

Michael

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Michael wrote: I looked up Sieczyński and saw that this song is his claim to fame and it was popularized by the Kubrick movie, Eyes Wide Shut. That would have gone right past me because I have tried to watch that movie several times and I just cannot get into it. end quote

The song would be a welcome addition to a movie like “The Wizard of Oz,” or some Disney animated classics like “Cinderella” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

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Thanks for fixing it, Michael.

On second thought, I misunderstood. I had decided in the end NOT to embed the video. But I do not mind that you did.

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For some years, there has been a ghastly trend of film- and meme-makers' using some of my favorite music and pictorial art to subversive ends (subversive of the very values by which the works even attract an audience). Disturbingly, I suspect that the reason they do it is because they in fact LOVE these works themselves, but want to bring them before today's public in a way that today's intellectuals will not heap scorn on. 

Schwarzkopf is my favorite soprano. I love the vowel sound she gives to the city name "Wein" at the end, which I believe she does because the note is high and loud and certain vowel sounds do not work well in that situation. Normally this annoys me a bit, but not in this case--I love how she sings this whole thing. 

I hope to one day be known for at least one song myself. I think I already wrote it a while ago, but as you know there is a lot involved in such success besides the quality of one's work. Crucial is getting heard to a certain "critical mass."

 

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