The 2024 Summer Olympics will be held in Paris, France. The Games were awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are the 33rd edition of the Summer Olympics. They will take place from July 26 to August 11, 2024. More than 10,000 athletes from different countries are expected to compete in over 300 events in various sports. Musically, the publisher Marc Reift has announced this event with the CD “Olympic Flame” (only available as download).
The CD opens with the title track “The Olympic Flame” by Bertrand Moren. The Olympic flame has become a globally recognized symbol. It represents the ideals of the Olympic Games and reminds us of the power of sport to bring people from different nations and cultures together.
Sporty continues with the “Jockey Polka” by Josef Strauss. With a duration of only one and a half minutes, this delightful work will please Strauss enthusiasts and lovers of light classical music.
“Wo man lacht und lebt” is a lively and cheerful waltz that captures the spirit of Viennese music. It displays the melodic and rhythmic elegance characteristic of the Strauss family compositions. The title emphasizes the joie de vivre and fun that waltzes often evoke.
After this waltz follows a “Bulgarian Festival“. The festivals in Bulgaria are examples of the many cultural celebrations that take place throughout Bulgaria. They offer a unique opportunity to experience Bulgarian traditions, music, dance, culinary delights and the warm hospitality of Bulgarians. Bertrand Moren is the composer here.
New Zealand is represented at the musical Olympics with the track “Wellerman“. Although “Wellerman” is not a traditional New Zealand folk song, it has become a cultural phenomenon in the country and around the world. It demonstrates the enduring appeal of sea shanties and their ability to capture the imagination of today’s audiences. The catchy melody, nautical theme and collaborative singing style have made the song a favorite for group performances and social media challenges, further increasing its popularity.
“On the Tramp“, which can be translated roughly as “A Tramp,” “A Vagabond,” or “A Wanderer.” It refers to a person who wanders or travels from place to place without having a permanent home or occupation. The term “vagrant” is often associated with a person who is homeless or leads a nomadic lifestyle. John Philip Sousa is the composer of the upbeat march.
England is represented with the title “British Sea Songs March“. “British Sea Songs” refers to a collection of traditional maritime songs that have become popular and widely known in Britain. These songs are often associated with British naval history and the seafaring traditions of the United Kingdom.
Athletes, like musicians, need a Heartof Courage. The work reflects the idea that courage and fearlessness are essential qualities for personal growth, making a positive difference and living a fulfilling life.
With “Love’s Enchantment“, Arthur Pryor made a significant contribution to the trombone repertoire and greatly promoted the instrument as a solo and virtuoso instrument in his day. In this arrangement, different wind instruments can perform the solo.
The composition “Paris is magical” by Günter Noris sums up that Paris has a unique ability to captivate and inspire its visitors, to leave a lasting impression and create unforgettable experiences.
Germany sends Richard Strauss to the musical Olympics with the title “Concert Overture“. The overture, with the work number AV.80, is a testimony to the early compositional style of Richard Strauss, showing his strong Romantic sensibilities and demonstrating his talent as one of the leading composers of the late 19. and early 20th c.
Spain and the equestrian sport is presented through the ballet music of Ludwig Minkus. The ballet “Don Quixote” is one of the most popular and frequently performed classical ballets. It is based on episodes from Cervantes’ novel and follows the adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. The ballet features energetic dancing, colorful costumes and a lively Spanish atmosphere.
The CD closes with the piece “Our Flirtations“. John Philip Sousa was known not only for his marching music, but also composed other musical works, including operettas and musical comedies such as “Our Flirtations.” However, this comedy did not become as famous and popular as his marching music pieces.
We have compiled extensive information on all of these pieces. Sound samples, videos and scores complement the program.