Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Somewhere along the line during the last few months I fell in love with this song by Erik Satie. It is called "Tendrement."

Here it is sung by Jessye Norman. "Tendrement" was on this CD I came into possession of called "Surprise," by Measha Brueggergosman. That is Measha Brueggergosman pictured above. Her ponderous last name is her last name, "Gosman," put together with her husband's last name, "Bruegger." That is what I have read. Were I do follow in her footsteps my name would be Mary Goldmankunz. Perhaps I should do that!

I actually like Measha Brueggergosman's recording a little better than Jessye Norman's. It is not as dramatic. But then maybe that is because I am used to it.

This is sorry to admit but I binged on that song! That is an ugly side to my music listening I do not like to admit to. It wasn't so easy back when we had only cassette players in the car. You could not just flick your finger on a button and have the thing go back to start.

Now, technology being what it is, you just hit the button and bingo, you can hear the song again. Or the movement of the concerto. Whatever it is you are listening to. So while I was listening to "Surprise," by Measha Brueggergosman, I just kept hitting the button over and over, and listening to this little waltz. I liked the other songs fine. I especially liked the cabaret songs by Arnold Schoenberg that came before this one. But I just kept returning to "Tendrement." Once I drove all the way to work listening to it over and over.

That is music moron behavior!

Here is a picture of Erik Satie. He does not look like the type of guy who would write something like "Tendrement," I will say that.

Not like Johannes Brahms.

Now, Brahms, you could believe he wrote whatever romantic song of his it is that you are binging on.

Wow, look at that link. Gerald Moore. He is so British! His Britishness is somehow at odds with this song. It is so cute.

Back to "Tendrement." I found another recording. What do you know? Let's listen to it again. "Tendrement."

Not as good as the Norman.

But still.

1 comment:

  1. Actually, music moron behavior is made even easier by the "Repeat" button on the CD player.

    One time on a drive I listened to William Byrd's "Ne irascaris, Domine" (nine minutes) performed by St. John's College, Cambridge, for about an hour.

    There is no shame in that, Mary.