Posts Tagged 20th century
Here are the 4th and 5th movements from Penderecki’s 3rd symphony. You may recognize the 4th from Scorsese’s Shutter Island.
Doesn’t the 5th movement sound like the hero’s racing against time but then makes it at the last second?
Now to balance the scale here’s the finale from John Rutter’s Gloria.
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.
Happy late 4/4/14! Continuing with the music of Hovhaness (someone who, no doubt, would delight in this numerical lineup), here’s one of his lesser-known works, the Symphony no. 46, “To the Green Mountains.”
It’s okay, I’m alive!
I have fallen behind on pieces of the week because a) the nincompoops at AT&T inexplicably disconnected my Internet despite all my bills being on time, and then b) I got married a week ago. So here are the three delightful pieces that would have been:
The first is the chamber orchestra version of Frank Zappa’s “Dog Breath Variations.” If you watch closely you’ll see the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Stefan Dohr on horn.
The second is Alan Hovhaness’ Guitar Concerto, Op. 325. There’s no video, but it is available on Spotify. You will not be disappointed.
The third is a piece for solo trumpet and wind band, also by Hovhaness – “Return and Rebuild the Desolate Places.”
You’re welcome, odd-meter buffs.
100th Post! Here’s a fun piece by Aaron Copland conducted by the notoriously hard-nosed Arturo Toscanini – El Salon Mexico.
This week’s Piece of the Week is a spectacular – and rather intriguing – cantata by the inimitable William Walton. I hope you enjoy “Belshazzar’s Feast.”