Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Vintage Opera-related Items

As you may have noticed from my blog music, I am on opera and classical music fan. I am a classically-trained singer as well, and my office---from which I usually blog---is also my voice studio, where I practice, and occasionally teach voice lessons. It is a lovely room, with french doors, right off the main entrance so students can come right on in.

So, I wanted to share a couple of vintage things from my studio. First of all, I have some vintage sheet music that I got from a wonderful music store in Charlotte, North Carolina called Brodt. You go in and it is like a warehouse, and all the vocal music is stored in this one little basement hall, on one side. They have inventory from since forever...it's like they just keep it until it sells, or maybe they buy out old inventories from stores that close. So, I was able to find some pretty-looking old sheets, which I framed for the walls.
The fun part is that I have actually sung all of these pieces. The one below all of my students used to want to sing when I was teaching at Southern Virginia University. It's "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls," from The Bohemian Girl. They all knew it because the Irish singer Enya sings it!


I also have this lovely thing, a vintage art-deco record player. It still worked when I bought it for about $25, but now needs a couple of minor repairs. Why would I want to keep it working, you ask, in the day of CD's and iPods?


Why, because of this set of vintage opera recordings! Can you imagine being more connected to history than listening to singers from the Golden Age of Opera, singing under the baton of conductors like Toscanini, singers who were the contemporaries of composers like Puccini? As a freebie, there was also an old Bob Wills record stuck in one of the books.

And here are some knick knacks and such from on top of the piano. First, a funny little vintage lamp that my mom gave me made from a bottle shaped like a violin. The anatomical picture next to it looks vintage but isn't. My teacher gave me a copy of a picture of the resonance areas of the pitches of the soprano range from a vintage singing book she owns (she is a retired opera singer in her 80's.) I wanted to keep it handy for reference, so I copied it on brown paper and framed it.
So those are some of the vintage thingies in my music studio! Sorry about the glare in some of the photos; I have no direct lighting in this room, so photography is tricky.
I am linking to Vintage Thingie Thursday.

10 comments:

Postcardy said...

I can't sing at all and hardly ever listen to any music, but I love the look of your old sheet music and record player.

LV said...

How blessed you are. I have always wished I could sing and play the piano. I truly enjoy good piano playing.

Coloradolady said...

Oh, I can not sing a lick!!!! But how wonderful to be able to do so!!! So glad you linked in today. Happy VTT~

Honey at 2805 said...

Lovely vintage sheet music!

Rosie said...

How wonderful to be able to sing. Your sheet music looks really nice. I love the old record player, too.

Rebecca said...

How nice to meet you-enjoyed your post and your background is beautiful!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What a wonderful collection. I love the music you have playing on your blog. Classical music is so soothing to the soul. Thanks for sharing your collection. ~~Sherry~~

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

what a collection of musical genre- love it- especially the sheet music and the resonance print ...

karen

Bea said...

Collections that are important to us are the best. I love the lamp.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

My son really loved to listen to the old masters. He took voice lessons but now has let it go :-( I so miss the music in my home.

Jocelyn
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