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.
Some Extra Singing Moments
What follows are six vocals 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.
Abschied – Schubert
Au Cimitiere – Faure
American Folksongs – Copland
Excerpts from the The Consul – Menotti
Si tra i ceppi – Handel