Posts Tagged modern era

Pieces of the Week – 9/5&12/2014

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.

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Piece of the Week – 4/4/2014

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.”

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Pieces of the Week – 3/21&28/2014; 4/4/2014

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.”

http://grooveshark.com/#!/search?q=return+and+rebuild+the+desolate+places

You’re welcome, odd-meter buffs.

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Piece of the Week – 3/14/2014

100th Post!  Here’s a fun piece by Aaron Copland conducted by the notoriously hard-nosed Arturo Toscanini – El Salon Mexico.

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Piece of the Week – 2/28/2014

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.”

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Piece of the Week – 2/21/2014

I found this neat little piece entirely by accident during Youtube’s earlier years. Here’s a much better quality version of the “Rachenica” movement from Petko Staynov’s “Thracian Dances.”

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Piece of the Week – 2/14/2014

Here’s a famous piece by one of the pioneers of modern concert band music – John Barnes Chance’s “Blue Lake Overture.”

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