Mahler instead of Melbourne Cup - sketching while listening to classical music

November 2, 2010 | 1 Comment


Today ‘the nation’ stopped for a horse race but I do believe that there was a good number who stopped to listen to Mahler Symphony 5 instead. I was one of them!!

I have become hooked on listening to the Classic 100 countdown on Classic FM radio and made the most of the boys in the office watching the race in the other room to pull my ear plug out of the little radio we use for the cricket(tragically mono!) to listen to the 4 and 5th movement of this magnificent symphony.

Since listening to the countdown I have realised how much I have been missing out on by my limited classical music listening in recent years (I tend to listen to a few over and over again)
I will try to sketch some of my classic 100 moments during the remainder of the countdown….

Tonight – Brahms with my evening cuppa

I am using the countdown to check my collection on my ipod. I have created a playlist of the pieces I currently have and am listening to the ones that I missed on the radio.

Tonight it was Brahms Violin Concerto… as much as I LOVE the first movement it was a little too crazy to be the right music for me to sketch to! I will be more selective in future!

In case you missed it last week – I am working through my Royal Albert 100 years tea set – using one a week (or until I get around to sketching it) so this is the second in the series.

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