As the gift giving season is upon us, we look at musical gifts composers have written for friends, family, lovers and royalty in our new playlist.
The melody of the dies irae or ‘day of wrath’ is possibly as old as the 6th century. The tune was traditionally set to a Latin poem, describing judgement day – a trumpet call summons all souls to God’s divine judgement of salvation or damnation. This dark, historic melody has captured the imagination of many composers since then. Take a listen to the Dies Irae playlist, only on Primephonic.
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) once wrote “I am only too often reminded that I am a difficult person to get along with. I am growing accustomed to bearing the consequences of this”. Famously bad-tempered, tactless and cynical, he is once said to have left a party saying “if there is anyone in here I have not insulted, I apologise”.
Alcohol has long been a popular and socially acceptable drug thanks to its ability to loosen inhibitions and, as Oscar Wilde astutely pointed out, “[when] taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of drunkenness”. But this indulgence comes at a price.