Ep. #16: Featuring Principal Violinist Martin Chalifour
The family around whom the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Sound of Music revolves is the real-life Von Trapp Family. While they were somewhat fictionalized for the purposes of the story, The Von Trapp Family were a known musical family who specialized in folk music, ballads, and Renaissance madrigals. During a stop in the town in which the Von Trapps lived, the great opera star Lotte Lehmann heard the family sing and persuaded them to perform at the world-renowned Salzburg Festival. They were so successful there that they immediately embarked upon a tour throughout Europe and the United States.
It’s hard to imagine The Sound of Music without visualizing the film’s brilliant opening, “The Hills Are Alive”, shot from a helicopter on a mountain in Bavaria. Ultimately, the Von Trapp family escaped the persecution of the Nazis by emigrating to the United States. They settled in Stowe, Vermont, and opened The Trapp Family Lodge, an enchanted farm with sweeping mountain vistas reminiscent of their beloved Austria.
As we celebrate Earth Day, MUSE/IQUE welcomes our friend and concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Martin Chalifour.
"I love 'Edelweiss', ESPECIALLY for its melodic and harmonic qualities. When I started learning English I was never good at picking lyrics out in a song, that was always my second priority. Therefore, the musical content was far more important to me. This piece of music proves that a great song can thrive in many versions, instrumental, orchestral, etc." – Martin Chalifour