MY BIRTHDAY SONG FOR 2017
“CAPRICCIO ITALIEN” BY TCHAIKOVSKY: A musical phantasy born in the Arizona desert
For the last seven years, my spirit guides have been giving me musical assignments before my birthday. They came to me both in dreamtime and daytime. I was to learn to play them and record them as my birthday gifts from the Spirit realm.
I was never aware of this gift until after I had already started to play the music. And it always arrived in May (my birthday is June 3 – Saint Constantine Day). I suppose my guides wanted to give me a chance to learn and record the music before my birthday.
This year, it was Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien”, which came to me on May 12 during a desert hike for my late friend Michael. Last year, it was the “Garland Waltz” from the “Sleeping Beauty” ballet, also by Tchaikovsky.
Tchaikovsky – two years in a row?
Hm…. Wonder what’a the meaning of that?
Anyway, as is always the case when I receive a musical download, the “Capriccio Italien” has been playing in my Third Ear day and hight since May 12. Even when I do my laps in the pool every morning. Or go shopping. Or on bike rides.
“Capriccio Italien” is a beautiful but complex piece of orchestral music. If my Clavinova rendition were ever to come close to sounding like the 50+-piece symphony orchestra, it will take a lot of work. And time. And time, I do not have.
Elizabeth and I are leaving next week on a monthlong trio to Europe and maybe also Africa. I am not sure if I will get a chance to do a proper recording of my birthday song before we leave.
So for now, here’s a musical phantasy I saw and heard during my desert hike on May 12 while listening to this Tchaikovsky music.
“CAPRICCIO ITALIEN” ALLA “AIDA:” TCHAIKOVSKY’S MUSIC, VERDI’S OPERA
A video by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – May 13, 2017 – dedicated to my late friend Michael Morrison
WARNING: To the more prudish among my viewers and listeners, some of the ballet dancers in the Italian production of AIDA are topless. I am sure that Tchaikovsky would have approved of it. 🙂
UPDATE JUNE 3, 2017
From Granada, Spain
MY BIRTHDAY SONG OF 2017
Here’s my musical birthday song of 2017. When we left Arizona 10 days ago, it was still a work-in-progress. It is a 17-minute complex symphonic orchestral piece as most of Tchaikovsky’s work is. So it will take me a little while after we return home in late June to polish it enough into my own recording.
Meanwhile, here’s also the song that brought us here to Granada — It came to me in dreamtime in Dec 2016 and I recorded it using a mandolin instead of a guitar.
RECUERDOS DE LA ALHAMBRA (Memories of the Alhambra) –
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MY EARLIER BIRTHDAY SONGS
My earlier musical challenges from the Divine , or gifts if you prefer, came from Brahms and Liszt (Gypsy Suite: Dance of the Planets, 2010), Ghost Riders in the Sky (2011), Liszt again (La Campanella, 2012), Strauss (Blue Danube, 2013), Rachmaninoff (Rhapsody on a Paganini Theme, 2014), Mozart (Symphony #40, The “Roo Symphony”, 2015), and now – Tchaikovsky (Garland Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty“, 2016) .
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MY MUSICAL BIRTHDAY GIFTS IN LAST FIVE YEARS
2013 – STRAUSS
SOUNDS FROM THE DESERT QUEST (Blue Danube, May 27, 2013) – http://www.altzar.org/Music/96_Sounds%20from%20Desert.html#Sounds_from_Desert_II:Blue_Danube
2014 – RACHMANINOFF
Evolution of My Birthday Song of 2014 – Variations 1 and 18 – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – http://wp.me/p1jFeo-HQ
2015 – MOZART
2016 – TCHAIKOVSKY
GARLAND WALTZ FROM “SLEEPING BEAUTY” – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded in its entirety on a Clavinova on May 17, 2016
2017 – TCHAIKOVSKY
“CAPRICCIO ITALIEN” – by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – recorded in its entirety on a Clavinova on May 13, 2017 – https://youtu.be/QqkW85_eRgI