Money or philanthropy themed music...
Slightly random question but:
I've been asked to play as an interval act at a online charity fundraising conference.
(Told you it was a random question!)
Anyone know anything in the repertoire at all that has a theme related to money, philanthropy, charity.... that either is or could be arranged for violin, or violin and piano, or violin and random instruments.... ;)
The "Barber of Seville" deals with money. Though not at all with charity....
Beethoven's Rondo e capriccio op. 129 "Rage over a lost penny" comes to mind. There even seems to be an arrangement for violin floating around youtube.
I did a transcription of "Rage Over a Lost Penny" for string quintet and performed it for a year in schools.
You folks are all off on the wrong track. Most major money donors are rather aged, and will be most stimulated by music which reminds them of their early wild (sexual) experiences.
There are a number of well-known orchestral pieces composed for charity events (Marche Slave comes to mind), but I can't think of anything for violin or any kind of chamber ensemble.
Oh, Weber's one-act opera Abu Hassan is about money and some selections could easily be arranged for violin. But, like Barber of Seville, it's not so much about philanthropy.
The popular song “We’re in the money” would work well for violin and piano.
If I were a rich man... (Fiddler on the Roof)
I agree with Albrecht.
Sorry, but "If I Were A Rich Man" ain't going convince the most prolific classical music donors, the majority of whom are female and over 60, to get very excited.
"Most major money donors are rather aged, and will be most stimulated by music which reminds them of their early wild (sexual) experiences."
And how do you know that wouldn't fit?
I concur with David Burgess. Go for nostalgia music.
Money, money, money (Abba). Not very melodic for a violin arrangement, but might be able to do something with the rhythmic accompaniment, depending on the backing that's available.
thanks for the ideas :)
Probably the best known music that was written for charity is Handel's Messiah.
This is a stretch, but I believe that Haydn's Symphony #45 "Farewell Symphony" was written as a response to a bit of a labor dispute with Prince Esterhazy
Brahms's 4th Ernste Gesang is about charity.
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