The first half of 2017 is officially over… Wait, what?! Can somebody pinch me, please? It went by so fast, but if I look back now, some great things happened. One of these things is the music that I discovered during the month of June and I really like to share that with you!
Bach – Violin sonata in E major
I was looking for a nice ‘early’ music piece to play in my violin exam next year, so, of course, I listened to a lot of Bach. I fell deeply in love with his sonata for violin and harpsichord in E major. I listened to the recording of Janine Jansen and her father, which I will link at the end of this article, while I was walking through a train station. It was rush hour, so I had to pay a lot of attention to the people who were in a hurry. I didn’t manage to do that at all, because I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of the third movement. I was even crying because the music gave me a warm and nostalgic feeling while I was just walking to my next train. So, if you don’t know this particular movement by heart, listen to it!
Dvorak – String quartet in A major, op. 2, 2nd movement and string quartet in G major, op. 106, 2nd movement
Does this need explanation? Everything that Dvorak wrote is, in my opinion, ridiculously perfect. Especially all the second movements of his string quartets. I rediscovered these two!
Jamiroquai – Automaton
After 7 years of absence, Jamiroquai is back with a new album: Automaton. This title song is a complaint against society, a subject that has been used quite frequently in the music world. The band was annoyed by the fact that life becomes more automated and people are hooked on technology. This statement becomes very clear in the second couplet:
All this love I felt for you
Has gone away to another place
I put my faith in a digital world
Where they’ve given me
Eyes without a face
I’d steal the moon, on silver nights
Remind myself I am someone
My soul is numb and for tonight
Although I like this song the least, I still find it really important that artists or bands like Jamiroquai protest against the digitization of society. Maybe a nice topic for another article? ;)
The reason why I like this album is the fact that it contains jazz, funk and above all: disco! I don’t know why, but I like everything that is disco-ish. You can hear really nice disco strings in the song Something about you. Enjoy!
Bonus: Bruno Mars vs. David Guetta – Versace on the floor
This song is not new at all, but the version of Versace on the floor is! And I thought I mentioned this in the monthly favourites, because I actually play violin in this version! I really like this take on Bruno Mars’ song, but I still don’t understand the weird voice/synthesizer thing after 1:00. Do you like it?
Author: Saskia Peters
Violinist and student at Utrecht Conservatory, the Netherlands.