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Musical Tour

Stuck for a theme idea this week due to a tour, so I'm following my nose to the music-->

Tui St. George Tucker: Second Piano Sonata (Peyote). She was best know for her recorder work and for microtonal compositions. The "Peyote" sonata is written for standard piano (no re-tuning). If you are curious about the microtonal music (compositions employing pitches that are between the standard "Do Re Mi" to which we westerners are accustomed), check out samples from this compilation CD.

Samuel Barber: Knoxville Summer of 1915. This particular CD has all vocal works on it; Barber has some great orchestral and chamber music that I'll have to feature later.

3: John Philip Sousa King Cotton, named after an old hotel (just in case you're wondering).





And I thought the Netherlandish were the only dudes working such verru"ckt antiquarisch terrain.

Sad Sam. Happy Soso, Souzo, Iberian-american 6ths.

And Ms. micro. : mini-Penderecki postmodernly looping back to North Spain/south France's Ars antiqua. Echos Huelgas St. Martial:

"It is a very pretty piece, but it is much too short. Not a single idea is expressed fully, the form is terribly shriveled, and it lacks unity".

Quartertonality is a bit of an excercize in cuttin corners, Kryzstoff is not as hip as us, Hippasus.

To wit the first Pythagorean triple is 3/4/5, but the second is...


5/12/... ...13!

Ergo, my handle, 20thwurzOhrwurmglacialbeadgametc.

The dodecaheron is strane, but the icosahedron is de-ja-vu

gypsy sister:

Perhaps you would be willing to help me?

I am looking for epic music, something to compliment "Mars: Bringer of War" by Holst.

Forgive my total lack of classical terminology, but I really dig the pacing, the slow buildup, and prevalent march feeling of this track. My only objection is that "Mars" taken without the rest of the "Planets" suite doesn't really climax.

It certainly kicks ass, but I'm looking for something where the climax hits and the underlying "march" is stripped away in an epic crescendo.

Does that make any sense at all?

If so, any suggestions?

Much obliged.


lemme think on this some. Right now, I've got that slow build-up in my head, and all I can think of is Ravel's Bolero. The build-up and tune never let up and the end is great, but I'm not sure that it's what you're looking for.

Poor old Sam, who wrote a fair bit of very good music and is known only for ten of the most despairing minutes in the repertoire of musical history.

On that note, maybe a "one hit wonder" theme would be cool: Ponchielli (Dance of the Hours); Pachelbel (Canon in D); and poor old Sam Barber. I'm sure there are more that I can't think of right now...

a 1 hit wonder theme could produce something good; it'll give me something to grab onto when I return.

I have to say that my recording of Kronos playing Barber's Adagio from the String Quartet, Op. 11 kicks ass. I think that movie and televised media has changed the way people listen to that movement - it's quite beautiful, powerful, and uplifting if you wipe your memory clean of its use when discussing JFK's assassination or as background music to the devastation of wars.

I'm looking forward to your future post on Barber. Thanks again for expanding my knowledge of classical recordings.

i can't access any of these links except for 30 second clips designed to make me buy the recording from amazon. this SUCKS!

Yes, this is irritating. I noticed this new format last week, and am unsure the direction I want to point my links. Going out of town has made things busy so that I haven't spent much time thinking about it. Sorry, jb - the good news is that you get to link to the CDs I suggest; you already know the bad news.

Did it again!

Th St. Tucker seemed trivial at first, but it grows on you. Post-modernism in its use of antiquated once-cliches actually adds a dimension, to wit-ness, deep time, Tradition(s), plural. Remember Vivaldi and Telemann were once the Hipsters whilst J. S. Bach was "verdammt antiquarisch". The icosahedron is familiar. The dodecahedron is strange, like Bucky, fuller.

More Higdon, St. Tucker type stuff, please...


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