I wrote about two favorite songs way back, but I have never written about what I believe is the most beautiful piece of music that I have ever heard. I heard it back in late 2007 at the Mahaffey Theater. It was my first time seeing an orchestra and for $7 student tickets I could not pass up the opportunity. I would have suspected that because they were student tickets that they would not be the best sets. Thankfully I was wrong and my friend and I were right up front. Dead center. I was thrilled. Only once had the two of us sat in the front and that was when we saw The Producers.
In the middle of the program Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82 was due up. At the time I had never heard of Glazunov–actually of none of the composers–but I quickly devoured his works after getting home that night. Violinist Jennifer Frautschi blew me away with her performance. My eyes never left her. I was mesmerized by her movements and her facial expressions as she played. I kept thinking of how long she must have practiced to reach this level and if she still felt a strong emotion to the music while she played. I wondered if she also got this sense of jubilation and triumph knotted in her heart, because that is what I was feeling while listening to the music. Strange images kept swirled through my head as the music played of a heroine in armor fighting thousands upon thousands of soldiers wielding short swords and shields. She would lunge at them and beat them back only for them to regain the ground lost, but ultimately she prevailed and stood upon their defeated bodies; battered, bruised, exhausted but triumphant and victorious. Sometimes when I listen to this piece the scene changes to an old town, with cobble stone streets and old looking lanterns and with a woman in the middle of the town square holding books arguing back and forth with citizens of the town. I guess I associate this concerto with a strong woman.
I should put this on when I write.
Have a listen to it yourself.