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Music for Dog Lovers

Music for Dog Lovers

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Music for Dog Lovers
Canine Classics

This light-hearted classical collection will appeal to dog lovers as we celebrate 'man's best friend'. Music from the great composers is themed around dogs and some of the things that they do and some of their typical characteristics and traits.

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Music for Dog Lovers
Canine Classics

This light-hearted classical collection will appeal to dog lovers as we celebrate 'man's best friend'. Music from the great composers is themed around dogs and some of the things that they do and some of their typical characteristics and traits.

Dog days
1 Morning from Peer Gynt Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pesek

Dog about town
2 Sonata in D minor K9 Domenico Scarlatti(1685-1757)
Martin Souter harpsichord

His Bach is better than his bite
3 Ouverture in C major JS Bach (1685-1750)
European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrick Mortensen

Salty old sea dog
4 Ashley's hornpipe Traditional
Ian Giles, John Spiers, Jon Boden & Graham Metcalfe

Hunting dog
5 La Caccia, Allegro from Autumn, The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
St Petersburg Radio & TV Orchestra, Paval Popov

Shooting dog
6 William Tell Overture Giacchino Rossini (1792-1868)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfred Scholz

Fishing dog
7 Trout quintet, Andante Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Bamberg Piano Quintet

It's a dog's life
8 Prelude flasque pour un chien, Chanson canine Erik Satie (1866-1925)
Grant Johannesen piano

Man's best friend
9 Solace Scott Joplin (1868-1917)
Martin Souter piano

Let sleeping dogs lie
10 Jimbo's lullaby Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Martin Souter piano

Sniffer dog
11 The sounds and perfumes turn the evening air Claude Debussy
Martin Souter piano

Dog in a manger
12 Nocturne in F minor Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Martin Souter piano

Hair of the dog
13 Barleymow Traditional
Dragonsfire

CCL CDG1279
Cover image: Brizo, A Shepherd's Dog Painted 1864 Oil on canvas (Marie-Rosalie) Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) The Wallace Collection, London
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I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source. Doris Day

Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasures
and our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit.
Sir Walter Scott

If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman's pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog.
George Bernard Shaw

You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before
any of us. Robert Louis Stevenson

A house is not a home until it has a dog. Gerald Durrell

'Morning' is full of atmosphere as befits music originally conceived to accompany the stage play, 'Peer Gynt'. The music really sounds like the sun is coming up. Domenico Scarlatti had his music first published in the great city of London and it amazed the musical public with the sophistication and stylishness of the keyboard writing. It marked Scarlatti out as an exceptional composer even though this was almost the only volume of his sonatas published in his lifetime, despite the fact that he wrote up to 600 such pieces.

Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the very greatest composers that ever lived. This overture is a comparatively early work. It is full of joy and celebration, beginning with a very grand slow start followed by an exceptional central section.

The salty old sea dog dances a hornpipe, even though there are not many canine passengers on a ship! This music is vigourous and vibrant as is the music from Vivaldi's famous 'Four Seasons'. 'La Caccia' describes an autumn hunting scene. Vivaldi actually names a dog as one of the characters in this scene and marks him in the score. The shooting scene in Rossini's opera 'William Tell' is famous as is the story of the apple on the head. Schubert's 'Trout' is suitably watery and slippery.

Erik Satie was one of music's more eccentric composers who wrote many works with unusual titles and on unusual themes. This lovely prelude is dedicated to the dog. 'Solace' is brought to many a dog lover by a wonderful companion who is faithful. 'Jimbo's Lullaby' is from Debussy's famous 'Children's Corner', a suite for piano composed with children in mind. We all know that a dog's sense of smell is vastly superior to our own and one can imagine a dog sitting in the evening air and sniffing 'the perfumes' in a lush garden as in Debussy's 'The sounds and perfumes turn in the evening air'.

Chopin's Nocturne features a beautiful melody and a very fine ending. The central section is more urgent: perhaps the dog is dreaming? The 'Hair of the dog' is self-explanatory. The singers have definitely had one too many by the end of the song!


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