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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical(?) Interlude – Brahms and Ravel on the “V”

I enjoy many musical modes of expression – this isn’t one of them – but performing good music despite technical limitations is a worthy undertaking.

And really, the V is only a few steps away from the trombone…

 

 

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Music Interlude – Mozart, Sonata for Two Pianos, K 448, first movement

The Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K. 448 is a piano work composed in 1781 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at 25 years of age. It is written in strict Sonata-Allegro Form, with three movements. The sonata was composed for a performance he would give with fellow pianist Josephine von Aurnhammer Mozart composed this in the “galant” style, with interlocking melodies and simultaneous cadences. This is one of his only formal compositions for Two Pianos exclusively.

 

 

Allegro con spirito

The first movement begins in D major, and sets (Read more…)

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Things Are Good: Band of the Month: Eytan Tobin

Annnnnd we’re back!

February’s Band of the Month is Eytan Tobin. Admittedly, I know very little when it comes to electronic music. But I know what I like when I hear it, and Toronto’s Eytan Tobin‘s blend of hip-hop, dance, and electronic keeps me checking his Soundcloud regularly for the most recent release. From patient, hypnotic, rainy-urban-alleyway loops, to soulful and uplifting, electric, synth-layered crescendos, provoking head-bobbing satisfaction is this guy’s game.

Hear it for yourself….

Band of the Month by Greg O’Toole

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Slightly Scary Musical Interlude – Viral Music Videos

I’m not sure if the CBC has done us a favour by curating the recent spate of musical ‘viral’ videos, although I’m not sure how I missed Darth Vader vs. Hitler from the epic rap battle category…

Anyhow, viva la musica!

 

I have the music for the Trolololo song. We’ll see if I can work it up into performing shape.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The (New) Hockey Song

It would have been more of a tribute if the puck was dropped by a disabled vet. https://t.co/mQIN0NKFf1 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/um7HxKoinb

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) February 8, 2015

I’m seeing alarming tweeted images of military men taking over a Maple Leafs game with weapons drawn. Oh wait, it’s a gimmick. Well then.

— kevin harding (@kevinharding) February 8, 2015

“What would Stompin’ Tom say to this?” Possibly:

Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s military time, The camo’s out, let’s give a shout They’re stopping every dime. Tension grows, & the fans are all insane, The (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Bach, Gavottes I & II (Cello Suite V, BWV 1011, guitar)

 

 

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Les Barricades Mystérieuses

Les Barricades Mystérieuses (The Mysterious Barricades) was composed in 1717 for the harpsichord by François Couperin. It is the fifth piece in his “Ordre 6ème de clavecin” in B-flat major from his second book of collected harpsichord pieces (Pièces de Clavecin).[ It is emblematic of the style brisé characteristic of French Baroque keyboard music.

Les Barricades Mystérieuses was originally published with the spelling Les Baricades Mistérieuses [“single r” in the first word, and “i” rather than “y” in the second word]. All four possible spelling combinations have since been (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: As If You Needed Another Reason to Pick Up a Musical Instrument.

Playing an instrument enhances your cognitive abilities. I just wonder if they’ll find a way to motivate people to practice.

 

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The CBC Music Songcamp- Cecilia

The Collected works of Simon and Garfunkel was my very first CD purchase. Let me assure you that all three of those disks saw a great deal of rotation back in the day (1987ish onward). The third disc was my favourite back then, as it was the most ‘modern’ of the trio and “Cecilia” was track number 3 and also one of my favourites.

I like what these intrepid soundcampers brought to the table with some coffee cups, rich harmonies and of course beans to shake all about.

 

One of the problems they had is that many (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Revised CPLUG Ukulele Song Book

I spent the past couple of weeks diligently working on updating and expanding our Collingwood Public Library Ukulele Group (CPLUG) songbook. I’m happy to announce it is completed – and that I can get back to my regular blogging. I had put together two smaller songbooks previously for group use, as well as sent along several […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – John Legend: Featuring Common

There is so much anger and frustration over the racism that seethes in the United States. Flash points like Ferguson, Missouri are about communities rising up in the face of injustice and demanding a better place to live in. Their stories, their feelings, the keen edge of their Weltschmerz is evident in this song.

Music can be revolutionary, let us hope that we can work toward their vision – toward a just society for everyone.

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Hurt

Nine Inch Nails has some great songs, this happens to be one of them. I swam through google and found some sheet music that seems to be pretty close to what Reznor sings and plays.

The music isn’t to difficult and that is saying quite a bit considering my skill at playing the piano. However, this song is syncopated all to hell and sprinkled with dissonances that you have to sing like you mean it.

For instance, the piano accompaniment (B minor in my score) starts with an F# and the vocals start with an F natural. (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – J.S. Bach Sonata for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord in G minor, No.3,

Although the circumstances behind Bach’s composition of three Sonatas for harpsichord and viola da gamba (BWV 1027-29) are unknown, recent research indicates that they were most likely written in the early 1740’s, when the greatest virtuosos of the viola da gamba were long a thing of the past. No original source combines all three sonatas into a cycle, but a single score of the Sonata in G Major (BWV 1027) that details performance instructions for ornamentation and articulation supports the idea that Bach wrote the sonatas for Carl Friedrich Abel, the son of Cöthen colleague Christian Ferdinand Abel, for performance during (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Baroque Interlude – Bach Harpsichord Concerto No.3 in D major, BWV1054

Concerto III in D major, BWV 1054 Allegro Adagio e piano sempre Allegro

Scoring: harpsichord solo, violin I/II, viola, continuo (cello, violone)

Length: c. 17 minutes

The surviving violin concerto in E major, BWV 1042 was the model for this work, which was transposed down a tone to allow the top note e”’ to be reached as d”’, the common top limit on harpsichords of the time. The transcription process was based on the same principles as BWV 1053.

 

 

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Dead Wild Roses: Add A Little Charlie Brown to your Holidays – Linus and Lucy – Gerry Granelli Trio.

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

On Dec. 9th, 1965 – 49 years ago – nearly half of the US population tuned in to A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schultz, an animated broadcast that featured the music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Prior to its debut, producers were worried it was too religious, and the soundtrack was too jazz cutting edge for children’s programming. Were they ever wrong! 15 million homes had eyes glued to that broadcast, and it has since become an iconic Christmas classic.

Jerry Granelli, a drummer and a long time native of Halifax, NS is the only (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The 12 Ehs of Christmas – CBC Music

I’m not really sure what CBC music was going for here (I suspect Christmas “cheer” was involved), but it does reek of Canadiana. Slightly painful, but given all the holiday music that we are subjected to, this isn’t all that bad.

Filed under: Music Tagged: 12 Ehs of Christmas, Canadian Content, CBC Music, Cringe Worthy in a good way.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Holiday Favourites

Greetings loyal readers. This is the time and space where I get to curate a musical experience for you (who knew “curate” had become a verb). So, as an atheist finding good tunes during this particular time of year can be challenging; but not impossible. So today I present to you two works, one choral and one piano choral piece. Both are fine works, but I think you’ll find “White Wine In the Sun” Both humourous and touching at the same time.

But first, a choral work with the libretto taken from the collected works of (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: A Few More Uke Arrangements

Lately, I’ve been redoing all the arrangements of songs I put together for the Collingwood Public Library Ukulele Group (CPLUG) this year, as well as arranging some new pieces for the group. I’m working on a new layout for the tunes that makes them easier for beginners to follow and makes the songbook somewhat easier […]

wmtc: bobby keys, 1943-2014

Terrible news for the music world this week, and for the world of unabashed, unrepentant, hard partying rock-and-roll.

I have loved Bobby Keys for as long as I’ve known of his existence, which is to say a very long time. If you read Life, Keith Richards’ memoirs, you know a few good Bobby Keys stories. And if you love the music of the Rolling Stones’ best years, you’ve been loving Bobby Keys, too.

Keith and Bobby shared a birthday, and much of their lives. The death of Bobby Keys hits Stones’ fans with a special kind of force.

Bobby (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Baroque Christmas Album

This CD does not leave my player until late January. I highly recommend acquiring a copy of this wonderful disk. I’ll share some of my favorite tracks here.

 

1. J.S. Bach: “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, BWV 62 – 1. Chorus “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (Choir)

2. Praetorius: Puer natus in Bethlehem – Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem

 

 

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – How we got the ‘Do’ in Do-Re-Mi

This is the sorta thing CBC should be doing much much more of. Interesting features that entertain and educate people about the music we love.

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Ants Marching/Ode to Joy

Leave it to the Piano Guys to concoct something as neat as this.

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Muscial Interlude – The Art of Fugue

This disk has not left rotation in my CD player for week month long stretches.

One hour and twenty minutes of bliss. Enjoy.

 

 

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wmtc: garth hudson returns to big pink

This week, Columbia Records released The Basement Tapes Complete, six CDs of music made by Bob Dylan and The Band at the house they lived in – the legendary Big Pink – in West Saugerties, New York, during the summer of 1967.

Although The Band, and Bob Dylan, and Bob Dylan and The Band, are among my favourite musical artists in the world – and although I love The Basement Tapes (a double-album from 1975) – I greet this announcement with only mild interest. I’ll be excited to hear any actual new material, but different versions of already-recorded songs (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Sarah Svendsen

Wow, just wow. Impressive keyboarding skills. 5 tiers of keys, your instrument is the damn hall… no pressure at all. And I still get timid while playing the piano..:/

 

Masterful work by Sara Svendsen. Enjoy!

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