Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Fields of Athenry

"The Fields of Athenry" is an Irish folk ballad set during the Great Irish Famine (1845–1850) about a fictional man named Michael from near Athenry in County Galway who has been sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay, Australia, for stealing food for his starving family. It is a widely known and popular anthem for Irish sports supporters

By a lonely prison wall,
I heard a young girl calling
Michael they have taken you away,
For you stole Trevelyan's corn
So the young might see the morn,
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay
Low lie, The Fields of Athenry
where once we watched the small free birds fly
Our love was on the wing
we had dreams and songs to sing,
It's so lonely round the Fields of Athenry
By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young man calling
'Nothing matters Mary, when you're free'
Against the famine and the crown,
I rebelled, they cut me down
Now you must raise our child with dignity
By a lonely harbour wall
She watched the last star falling
As the prison ship sailed out against the sky
For she lived in hope and pray
For her love in Botany Bay
It's so lonely round the Fields Of Athenry

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gustav Holst's opus, The Planets

Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst; 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss being most crucial early in his development. The subsequent inspiration of the English folksong revival of the early 20th century, and the example of such rising modern composers as Maurice Ravel, led Holst to develop and refine an individual style

 The Planets, Op. 32, is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst. With the exception of Earth and Pluto, which had not yet been discovered, all major planets in the Solar System are represented.

Raag Bhairavi- The king of all Raags!

Raag Bhairavi (Hindi: भैरवी) (Urdu: بھیرویں‎) (Sindhiراڳ ڀيروي ) is a Hindustani Classical heptatonic (Sampurna) Raag of Bhairavi Thaat. Traditionally it is a morning raga. In modern times, at least in Khyal Gayaki, it is usually performed as the concluding (finale) piece in concerts. It is the defining raga of its own Thaat.

Aroha, Avroha & Pakad

Ascending structure for Bhairavi

Descending structure of Bhairavi

Pakad for Bhairavi 



Video Tutorials 

Series of tutorials with swar, vistaars and bandish

A superb Bandish is as below:


Film Songs

Bhairavi is a popular raga for film songs. Here are some film songs based on Bhairavi:



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bandish "Ae Re yali", Raag Yaman, Teen Taal.

सखी एरी आली पिया बिन
सखी कलना परत मोहे
घडी पल छिन दिन ।

जबसे पिया परदेस गवन कीनो
रतियाँ कटत मोरी तारे गीन गीन ॥

Tutorial by Siddharth Slathia


Teen Taal

 One of the most common beats of Indian classical music as also many Bollywood songs.

Tabla Teentaal - screenshot Tabla tutorial Tabla and Tanpura for singers Tabla in madhya lay

It has a characteristic pattern of bols (theka).


dha dhin dhin dha | dha dhin dhin dha |


na tin tin ta | ta dhin dhin dha |


This can also be shown using the following figure[2]
Taal signs X




Maatra 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Bols dha dhin dhin dha dha dhin dhin dha na tin tin ta ta dhin dhin dha

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Edvard Hagerup Grieg

 Best known for his Peer Gynt - Incidental Music Op. 23: Prelude (Act IV) (Morning)


(Norwegian: [ˈɛdʋɑɖ ˈhɑːɡərʉp ˈɡrɪɡ]; 15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions put the music of Norway in the international spectrum, as well as helping to develop a national identity, much as Jean Sibelius and Antonín Dvořák did in Finland and Bohemia, respectively.[1]

Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16