Archive for May, 2014

Piece of the Week 5/30/2014

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!

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Piece of the Week – 5/23/2014

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.

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Morgan Freeman on helium

There is nothing more important at the moment than for you to stop what you’re doing and watch this.

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Piece of the Week – 5/16/2014

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.

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Piece of the Week – 5/9/2014

John Corigliano’s Chaconne from “The Red Violin”

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Piece of the Week – 5/2/2014

Here’s one I’m sure many of you know and love by one of my favorite composers alive.

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