Song: Der Floh (The Flea)

Composed By: Ludwig van Beethoven

Performed By: Mark Winkler

Accompanied By: Yakov Kreizberg

Date Recorded: 1982

Beethoven Der Floh

This is a good example of the “meaningless moments” that I mentioned on the home page. It’s just me, at 22 year’s of age, singing about a frickin’ flea, an annoying, inconsequential insect. But consequential enough for the great Beethoven to have composed one of his few German songs about it. So maybe it’s not meaningless after all.

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Some Extra Singing Moments

What follows are ten vocals. Six of the vocals are from my graduating recital at the University of Michigan in 1982. They’ve all been cleaned up digitally which greatly improved their sound quality. But what really makes these songs so special is my Russian-born fellow student accompanist, Yakov Kreizberg.  Yakov has the ability to make a simple piano sound like a full orchestra. I am very fortunate to have had such an extraordinarily talented musician accompany me on these works. One of the vocals is taken from my first operatic performance at The University of Michigan.  The opera was “The Consel” by Menotti. With a full orchestra underneath, it was pure magic. This excerpt ends with me attempting a high F … a note which never came out right in rehearsals. Thankfully on this recording, luck was with me.

Abschied – Schubert

Au Cimitiere – Faure

American Folksongs – Copland

Abendstern -Wagner

Si tra i ceppi – Handel

Excerpts from the The Consul – Menotti

Mai – Faure

God is My Shepherd – Dvorak

I Will Sing New Songs of Gladness – Dvorak

Guglielmo’s aria “I Would Like a Word with All You Lovely, Lovely, Lovely, Women.”

from the opera Cosi Fan Tutti – Mozart

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