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But I wanted to post a video of me conducting Alkan's Funeral March on the Death of a Parrot. I've posted on here for a while about my interest - and more recent studying and experiences - in conducting, so I wanted to share an example of it with you all!
This piece, scored for three oboes, bassoon, and SATB (I just used four soloists instead of a choir), is Alkan's most bizarre and humorous work. It depicts the over-dramatic despair of someone discovering that their parrot Jaco has died. The performers are friends from my university and in the city.
I also have several other examples of my conducting on my YouTube channel, if anyone is interested.
OSK I hope you continue to post something you're conducting. Very well done and delightful choice 😊
"Music, rich, full of feeling, not soulless, is like a crystal on which the sun falls and brings forth from it a whole rainbow" - F. Chopin " I never dreamt with my own two hands I could touch the sky" - Sappho
Thank you all for your kind words! I'm glad you like it. This piece may be performed again at my university this school year... We will see if the opportunity arises or not. No matter what, I will try to do this piece more times during my life. It's so much fun to put together, and the audience enjoyed it a lot, too (I talked briefly about the work before the performance). It also helps that eight incredible and dedicated musician friends agreed to do this. Great musicians make conducting a lot easier!
I'm about to start another thread that has two more Alkan selections from the recital: Allegro Barbaro and Madwoman on the Seashore. I wanted to have live concert recordings of those two pieces. I'll also include Brahms' Ballade Op. 10 No. 1 "Edward." I played the Brahms when I was 17, so I think it was time to revisit it.