Archive for May, 2014
Here’s a really exciting piece I was fortunate enough to hear live when I was in college. Strap yourselves in for Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto!
This week’s Piece of the Week is one of Philip Glass’ (somewhat?) better-known works, the 4th Symphony. Also known as the “Heroes Symphony,” the 4th is based on songs by British pop star David Bowie.
There is nothing more important at the moment than for you to stop what you’re doing and watch this.
Here’s an interesting piece by one of my old professors. He was kind enough to let us have a listen to the whole recording during one of this theory classes. This, unfortunately, is only the first half of it. He says this interpretation is too slow.
You’ll notice a sudden change to a quick tempo in a 9/8-7/8-5/8-3/8 pattern. After the clip cuts off, the piece goes on to repeat the idea, but with the compound and simple beats inverted, following an 11/8-8/8-5/8-2/8 pattern.
John Corigliano’s Chaconne from “The Red Violin”