Liszt's Valse Oubliées
I carry with me a deep sadness of the heart which must now and then break out in sound.
I've long been a fan of Liszt, ever since I was a little kid in fact.
Like most kids of my generation my first exposure to his music (if not classical music in general) was hearing his Hungarian Rhapsody #2 played by some major cartoon characters. A few famous Liszt performers Raised in an environment where the finer arts were not a part of daily life, and may even have been seen with suspicion, it took me a very long time (years, in fact) to discover who the composer of this glorious showpiece was. (This was before the internet could answer my question in seconds.)
And so began a lifelong love affair with Liszt, for which I thank the studios, animators, and directors responsible for producing these wonderful cartoons.
And, in retrospect, I think this may have planted an early seed in my interest in synaesthesia and visual music. Here were my favorite cartoon characters not only playing this outstanding music, but the music was synchronized with all these wonderfully comic, extra-musical, visual
effects. Indeed, cartoons in general are... Read more