It's a big day here at A Piece of My Mind!
Two years ago my blog friend Travis started a musical meme that he called 5 on Friday. I joined this Friday event two sets in, and have barely missed a week since. It's one of the highlights of my week.
I've met many good blog friends since then. Happy 2nd Anniversary to all of us as we keep spinning the tunes!
1 - Donauwalzer or Blue Danube - Vienna State Opera Orchestra
2 - Retour de la vendange or The Grape-Pickers' Return - Composed by Adolphe Adam, performed by the American Ballet Orchestra
The piece included for today's celebration starts at the 0:15 mark, and ends at the 2:52 mark. Giselle is danced by Carla Fracci in this clip, and Albrecht is danced by Erik Bruhn.
3 - Etudes - Composed by Carl Czerny, performed by the Royal Danish Ballet Orchestra
The section meant for today's set begins at the 5:03 mark and ends at the 7:19 mark.
4 - Firebird finale - Composed by Igor Stravinsky, Conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, performed by the San Francisco Symphony
5 - Apotheosis from Sleeping Beauty - Composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky based on the pre-French Revolution national anthem Marche Henri IV, Conducted by Laurence Siegel, performed by the Radio Symphony Orchestra