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Tone Poem Tuesday

I used this piece as part of my 2020 exploration of Beethoven over on Byzantium’s Shores, but it’s a cracking good piece and it even feels appropriate, given my shift to this space as my primary blogging home now. Beethoven wrote … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday (or, Hello, Mr. Strauss)

 Has anyone noticed that in all the time I’ve been doing Tone Poem Tuesday, I have never once yet discussed any of the works of the composer who is not only best known for his tone poems, but who is … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 A strange and small subgenre popped up in the middle of the 20th century, called the “Tabloid Concerto”. These were entire classical works composed specifically for use in film. Not film music per se, with individual tracks written specifically to … Continue reading

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Something for Friday (the “Oh crap, I’ve been busy as hell and a day off all week” edition)

 Sorry, folks, it’s just been a busy week. Anyway, as part of my mood-listening for writing of late, I’ve been listening to music from Star Trek. Here’s a selection from James Horner’s score to Star Trek III: The Search For … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 In honor of Labor Day, and therefore of the labor movement and the fact that the single biggest contributor to the America that exists is the American worker, here’s a piece that pays tribute to one of the fruits of … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 Another fascinating work today by a composer whose work I’d never heard before: Zhu Jian’er, a Chinese composer who lived from 1922 to 2017. Judging by this piece, I need to hear a lot more of his work. A particular … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 From what I’ve read, Qigang Chen (b. 1951) is one of the most performed of contemporary composers…and to my knowledge, I had never heard his music before YouTube served up his single-movement piano concerto, Er Huang, via its sometimes incomprehensible … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

 I know I’ve featured this in the past, but it’s my blog and I can do re-runs if I want! And it seems to me that this past week in particular has left a real need for some real beauty. … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 I suppose that I’m like many a classical music lover when it comes to Gustav Holst: aside from The Planets, I really don’t know much about him at all. I’m a bit better off than most, by virtue of having been … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 A very short work today! Less than three minutes, courtesy Soviet composer Dimitri Shostakovich. In 1943 Shostakovich entered a contest to write a new national anthem for the Soviet Union. Apparently he did not win, but he was able to … Continue reading

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