The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: The Ear is taking a day off. | June 7, 2015

The Ear is taking a day off.

He will return on Monday.

He hopes you understand.


And go listen to some great music, live or recorded.

Posted in Uncategorized


  1. Taking a day off? No way.

    You should have combined it with a query/poll, like this:
    I’m taking a day off (finally) but what music do you think is best associated with taking a day off and relaxation?

    See, now you’ve achieved something and can still take the day off.

    Comment by fflambeau — June 7, 2015 @ 8:55 pm

    • Some possibilities:

      1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (soundtrack) which features Boccarini’s String Quintet in E, Opus 11;
      2. Working for the weekend (Loverboy);
      3. Vacation (The Go-Gos);
      4. Holiday (Vampire Weekend);
      5. Holiday (Madonna).

      But somehow, I think none of those (aside from Boccarini) are in your style of things.

      So, how about Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons and especially either Spring or Summer from that marvelous music?

      Or, Boccarini’s String Quintet in E, Opus 11?

      But here’s my absolute favorite for such an occasion, Smetana’s symphonic poem Má Vlast?

      Here’s a nice YouTube featuring James Levine conducting the Vienna Philharmonic in the Smetana, which is also often associated with the “Prague Spring” political movement:

      And perhaps an even better one featuring the Radio France Orchestra under Peter Oundjian (more than 86,000 hits).

      Comment by fflambeau — June 7, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

  2. Well deserved day off. I hope it is grand.

    Comment by Moria Krueger — June 7, 2015 @ 9:06 am

  3. I, a fairly sedentary and decidedly less than althetic person, highly recommend time in the outdoors, away from people and the noise they generate, for rejuventing, recreating, relaxing, rebooting, rebounding, resolving and other regenerations.
    I still love reading your posts and continue to learn from them. One day, I hope to “chat” about studying the piano as an adult. Be well, dear Ear.

    Comment by Nan Morrissette — June 7, 2015 @ 7:26 am

  4. It’s about time you took some time off!

    Comment by Julie — June 7, 2015 @ 6:50 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,261 other followers

    Blog Stats

    • 2,343,974 hits
%d bloggers like this: