Category Archives: Listen to THIS

Ives: They are there

This, as the video says, is an old recording of Ives both singing and playing his song “There are there.” It’s actually hysterical. Whenever it’s it’s marked in the score for the singer to shout, Ives really shouts. The text … Continue reading

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The Espansiva gets it’s balls knocked off

Before today, somehow I had managed to not watch this performance of Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony. You think I would’ve listened to it by now, considering I’ve been a huge fan of the work for quite a while now, and also … Continue reading

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How many contrabassoons is too many?

This is one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen. It’s not that it’s bad, but the fact that this exists is disturbing. Nine contrabassoons, and bagpipe, or at least I think that’s a bagpipe, because what it … Continue reading

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Berlioz: Tristia

I may have already mentioned my love for Berlioz. If I haven’t, I love Berlioz, a lot. I really don’t think he gets the respect he deserves as far as influencing the next generation of composers. Huge orchestra’s: Berlioz did … 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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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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