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Gypsy's Weekly 3

After he made his request for classical music selections and the enormous response from all of you onegoodmove classical music lovers, Norm asked me if I might make weekly suggestions for those who participate in this site. I am happy to oblige, and will often follow a theme/concept/what have you in my recommendations. The first theme will be Halloween, 'cause the list is coming out as my favorite holiday approaches. I would love to hear suggestions for future themes from you all; then you can see where I went with your idea(s).

Inaugural picks:

Henry Cowell The Banshee: Very cool use of the innards of the piano to invoke spookiness; it's not the piano as most of you are used to hearing. BrianD, your daughter might find this an intriguing departure from the classics.

Bela Bartok The Miraculous Mandarin: synopsis here If you check out the recording that includes Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celeste, you'll hear yet another ghost story type movement.

Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique: All recordings are worthwhile, but my personal opinion is that the Bernstein recording is not as satisfying. Berlioz composed this piece in part because of his ill-fated love of Harriet Smithson and inspiration from the Thomas DeQuincey story Confessions of an Opium Eater. Halloween just doesn't get much better than this! There's even a witch's sabbath and march to the gallows, complemented by the Dies Irae (Catholic liturgical chant for the dead). More information on the composition can be found in Norman Bailey's Hector Berlioz Website.