Monthly Archives: May 2013

Happy B-Day: Rite of Spring

So I had a gig tonight. It went better than the Rite of Spring premier 100 years ago to the day, which is to say that there was no riot… I first heard the Rite of Spring in my freshman … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

Every year my school band marches in three memorial day parades. This was my last year, so I feel I should commemorate it in some way. (Side note: I’m proud to say I have marched with all four primary types … Continue reading

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Percy Grainger: Piano music

  Percy Grainger was something of an iconoclast. While the music world around him was deep into atonality and serialism, he was writing music based on folk song, but in a way unlike anyone else. He was a monumental pianist, … Continue reading

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Rite of Spring + Saxophones = Holy Christ

The title really says it all. Holy Christ. All the saxophones are playing from memory. FROM MEMORY!! The Rite of Spring. Jesus. Note: the percussionists are reading from music. Serious disappointment. Also mad props to the bass sax guy who … Continue reading

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PSO: Mahler 5

Today I got to see my local Portland Symphony Orchestra play Mahler’s 5 Symphony. My mom wanted to go with me, but I made her take me to the pre-concert lecture, and the post-concert Q and A with the conductor. … Continue reading

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Holy Jesus: Circus Galop

I vaguely remember somehow hearing about this piece many moons ago, so I looked it up. After listening to the crazy Liszt Rigoletto Paraphrase today I was reminded of the Circus Galop. What it seems to be is the result … Continue reading

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