Genny’s Playlist

Introducing Genny’s Playlist

Piano music, choral music, orchestral music, violin music, chamber music – welcome to the musical world of Imogen St. Pierre.

This is where you’ll be able to explore some of the music and musical references in Skating Over Thin Ice.

Check back regularly for more posts!

 

“Today it’s the Korngold D major…”

“Perfect black lines all weaving together, just like my piano and Papa’s cello and Père’s violin. Today it’s the Korngold D major. Just those few bars near the end of the Finale. Difficult, but sweet. Sweet. Doodle, doodle.”

Chapter 3: A new boy arrives

Watch as the ATOS Trio play E.W.Korngold – Trio in D-Major, op.1 – I.Allegro non troppo

 

 

 

 

“…and found out from the program that they were expecting the 100. Oops…”

“I haven’t got a clue what’s going on. It’s like that time we arrived in Elora to play the Schubert 99 and found out from the program that they were expecting the 100. Oops. Moment of panic colored by comedy.”

Chapter 3: A new boy arrives

NOTE: This one is a three-fer. The first two videos show the two Schubert pieces Imogen refers to – but the final video shows the real-life incident that resembles this memory of Imogen’s.

The Eben Trio plays Franz Schubert: Trio Nr. 1 B-flat major Schubert 99: Watch here.

Trio Wanderer plays the Andante con moto from the Schubert Piano Trio 100: Watch here.

And finally, here’s the real-life incident that inspired this scene. Watch what happens when pianist Maria Joao Pires expects a different concerto…

 

 

“…the delicately ascending lark”

“…while upstairs my mother turned up the recordings of Elgar, Finzi, and Vaughan Williams that were her drug of choice. I would try to settle in the kitchen with my homework or my drawing spread out on the table. The air was saturated with competing choruses—“Pass the puck, you moron!” versus the delicately ascending lark…”

Chapter 4: More about the new boy

Watch here as Hilary Hahn plays Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending.”

“…listening to the second movement of the Fifth and desperately hanging on…”

“In fact, there’s so much buzzing, I have to know what, why. It’s like listening to the second movement of the Fifth and desperately hanging on for the andante con moto to end and the allegro to begin.”

Chapter 4: More about the new boy

NOTE: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, in case you weren’t sure. Imogen is talking about the suspense of waiting for what comes next and thinking it’s going to be good…

Moving from the second movement (andante con moto) to the third (allegro) – with some cool graphics along for the ride. Here’s the second movement:

Listen and watch here.

And on to the third movement…

Listen and watch here.

“Bass line of a Bach chorale…”

“My grandfather is the placid bass line of a Bach chorale.”

Chapter 2: Little Imogen, the weird girl, is left behind

Canadian Angela Hewitt plays Bach’s “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”. Listen and watch here.

(Yes, listen for the bass line…)

 

 

“Something tragic…”

“There’s music in his voice and my seven-year-old self tries to identify it. Something tragic. Rachmaninoff. The C-minor piano concerto. Fierce and angry and tormented.”

Chapter 2: Little Imogen, the weird girl, is left behind

Rachmaninoff plays his own concerto: watch and listen here