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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Musical Interlude – Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio

Opus 70 is a set of two Piano Trios by Ludwig van Beethoven, written for piano, violin, and cello. Both trios were composed during Beethoven’s stay at Countess Marie von Erdödy’s estate, and both are dedicated to her for her hospitality. They were published in 1809.

The first, in D major, known as the Ghost, is one of his best known works in the genre (rivaled only by the Archduke Trio). The D major trio features themes found in the second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. The All-Music Guide states that “because of its strangely scored and (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Queen City Ex Musical Ride

Here’s an advance preview, if a similar “musical ride” comes to Regina?

Kids expecting horses and music from RCMP Musical Ride treated to para-military violence. http://t.co/MSqET5fY0G pic.twitter.com/XHipX4zt4f

— CC (@canadiancynic) June 29, 2015

OpenMedia.ca: TechDirt: The Copyright term extension is now law

The internet we love is based on creators being able to freely, cheaply, and easily share their work. But the government’s decision to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings was strictly the product of behind-the-scenes industry lobbying with no broader public consultation or discussion. 

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Musical Interlude – Paul Simon – The Obvious Child

Catchy Melody – Check.

Fantastic Rhythm – Check.

Meaningful Lyrics – Check.

Paul Simon and company lay down another great track for you and me to listen too. Mission Accomplished.

And of course some history:

Following the success of 1986’s Graceland, on which he worked principally with South African musicians, Simon broadened his interests in diverse forms of music from around the world. He turned to Latin America for the musicians and rhythms which characterize much of this album, partnering with Afro-Brazilian superstars Grupo Cultural Olodum, masters of the heavily percussive sub-style of samba called Batuque (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Short Musical Quiz: Chimp Vs. Sumerian Zither

A Midi recording of the oldest known musical composition (from 1400 BC), which originally would have been played on some kind of dorky harp instrument:The first known drum solo by a chimp:Which do you like better?  So far I’m leaning chimp.  He reminds me a bit of Mickey Waller, who played for Rod Stewart back in the day.Actually, if you have the chimp drum along to the zither it isn’t bad either.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: I’m On A Streetcar

@vickersty I'm on a streetcar, taking rides and shit, the ride is thrashing, getting everybody all sick, but this the TTC yo, it's real 1/2

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 22, 2015

as it gets, I’m on a streetcar, don’t you ever forget! Eff walking, I’m on a streetcar mothereffer, eff cars I’m on a streetcar mothereffer, the steetcar’s wheels make noise mothereffer!

I really enjoy the Lonely Island song, “I’m on a boat”. I eve found a t-shirt for it while traveling in PEI.

What if it was adapted for streetcars?

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Beethoven’s 7th 2nd Movement.

Leave it to Beethoven to capture the keen spirit of melancholic grief.

” The famous A-minor Allegretto is framed by the same unstable chord to open and close the movement. The form is ABABA with the opening section using a theme that is once again more distinctive for its rhythmic profile than for its melody. The movement builds in intensity and includes a fugue near the end.”

 

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude: Iceland Edition

As you read this right now, our choir is on tour in Iceland. One of the songs we are singing is Heyr himna smiður, an Icelandic hymn, with the text of an 800-year-old poem, that was set to music in the 20th century. The harmonies are achingly, spine-tinglingly beautiful.

This performance of Heyr himna smiður, by an Icelandic vocal group playing with the acoustics in a train station late at night after a concert, went viral a few years ago. Please enjoy.

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Romantic Interlude: Verdi’s Requiem

Speaking of music most likely to get you killed while driving… Here’s what I must never listen to in the car. Not while driving because it could get me killed, and not as a passenger because it could get me committed. I air-conduct. I air-bass-drum. And I sing along. The dynamic marking is fff and the top note is G#5, and that is a powerful note for me, and I bring it.

Crank up your audio, hang onto your butts, and have a listen:

Singing in the Verdi Requiem has been one of the top musical highlights of my whole life (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Late In the Evening

Chair dancing, head bopping, and of course the”air-brass” solo. Late in the Evening is a Paul Simon tune I grew up rocking out too. So now you can too.

 

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – The Storm – Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

We’ve look at Beethoven’s 6th before here on a Interlude Friday, but I wanted to highlight what I think is the section of the symphony that is most likely to get me killed while driving. The last two parts in particular.

4. Thunderstorm, Storm: Allegro 5. Shepherds’ song; cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm: Allegretto

The storm in the 6th symphony builds from the violas outward, each new instrumental addition bringing more stress to the musical line ending in a shattering musical climax that simply begs to be air -conducted. Try it, when you hear the timpani (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Band of the Month: The Holy Gasp

Hey! May’s band is The Holy Gasp!

The most musically important band I’ve heard in quite a spell, The Holy Gasp’s party mix of Afro-Cuban surf punk wizardry grabs you quick and hard, and doesn’t let you go. Check out their refreshing approach to getting a message across with body-moving protest songs to sing-and-shake along with.

The Last Generation of Love (LP) by The Holy Gasp

Band of the Month by Greg O’Toole

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Elgar, March No.1 in D Major

Instrumentation

The instrumentation is: two piccolos (2nd ad lib.), two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets in A, bass clarinet in A, two bassoons, contrabassoon, four horns in F, two trumpets in F, two cornets in A, three trombones, tuba, three timpani, percussion (bass drum, cymbals, triangle, side drum, jingles, and tambourine ad lib.), two harps, organ, and strings.

History

The best known of the set, it had its premiere, along with the more reserved second March, in Liverpool on 19 October 1901, with Elgar conducting the Liverpool Orchestral Society.[4] Both marches were played two days later at (Read more…)

PostArctica: When Punk Rock Hit Vancouver

Vancouver, 1978. So I am over at Glen Ward’s place and he puts an album on for me that he had ordered from Europe and we both were killing ourselves laughing through the whole thing, shaking our heads and pumping our fists, and just so damn high on this horrible, awful, ugly “new” stuff called Punk. It was awesome, simply awesome, to hear some rock music that was positively radical!

The 70’s were already done, Disco was everywhere. The Stones took a whack at it, Bowie was trying to own it, a terribly depressing time for a young fellow who (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude And Special Disservice Friday Mass – Metallica

Sometimes, after a long, frustrating week, a soothing sonata to ease the built up tension just won’t do the trick. Sometimes a sublime symphony is wasted on a battered soul that just doesn’t have the fortitude to fully appreciate it. Sometimes you need something that will defibrillate your arrested senses, something that will inject adrenaline directly into your atrophied psyche, something that will forcefully infuse life back into your weary body.

Sometimes what is required is something angry and very, very loud.

I have been a Metallica fan for most of my life and “The God That Failed” is one of my (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – Piano/Vocal Milestones and May Day!

You know what is hard? Playing a song from memory. What’s harder? Singing along with your playing. This is the first song that I can do both on. Full disclosure, the Vocal part still needs work as my fingers want to sing along with the melody instead of accompanying me during some parts. Nevertheless, a start has been made.

 

 

Of course, we must remember here in North America it is also May Day a celebration of organized labour. Let’s get down with Pete Seeger and remember what people working and (Read more…)

PostArctica: Coyote ~ Joni Mitchell

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Classical Music Interlude – Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor.

Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5, is a music piece by Sergei Rachmaninoff, completed in 1901. It was included in his Opus 23 set of ten preludes, despite having been written two years earlier than the other nine. Rachmaninoff himself premiered the piece in Moscow on February 10, 1903, along with Preludes No. 1 and 2 from Op. 23.

The Prelude’s taut structure is in ternary form, consisting of an opening “A” section with punctuated sixteenth-note chords (marked Alla marcia), a more lyrical and melancholy “B” section with sweeping arpeggios in the left hand (marked Poco (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Musical Sources

Trying learn a song from an old songbook or sheet music can be difficult unless you already know how the song goes. Many of our group are introduced to the music in our songbook only through my version when I play in at our meetings. And, I admit, my version may not always reflect the original […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Defining Classical Music

I listen to classical music a lot, even more than before since the arrival of the new classical FM station in Collingwood. But while my listening at home is through a selected collection of CDs, the content played on radio – internet radio included – is more eclectic. Airplay often includes soundtracks, music from musicals, even […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude – “Spark” – Tori Amos

I have not listened to Tori Amos in awhile. I shouldn’t have stopped, she’s still great.

Amos wrote “Spark” after suffering a miscarriage. She discussed the song in an article from Q magazine in May 1998.

“Y’know, once you’ve felt life in your body, you can’t go back to having been a woman that’s never carried life. The other thing is feeling something dying inside you and you’re still alive. Obviously when it was happening, it was already over, but in my mind, you don’t know that it’s over yet. You’re doing anything, thinking, ‘Oh God, maybe if I (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Toronto Symphony Orchestra Silences Ukrainian-born Pianist Valentina Lisitsa

A violation of free speech on Canadian soil as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra drops Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa for her political views.

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Romantic Music Interlude – Grieg, Edvard: Lyric Pieces Book 3 {6. To Spring}

Lyric Pieces (Norwegian: Lyriske stykker) is a collection of 66 short pieces for solo piano written by Edvard Grieg. They were published in 10 volumes, from 1867 (Op. 12) to 1901 (Op. 71). The collection includes several of his best known pieces, such as Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen), To Spring (Til våren), March of the Trolls (Trolltog), and Butterfly (Sommerfugl).

 

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday British Pop Interlude – Duran Duran

Damn, but I really liked these guys back in the day. Until I saw this CBC clip, I never knew how they got their name.

And of course, one of my favourite songs. Hold Back the Rain.

One of my many guilty pleasures.

 

 

 

 

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Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Classical Music Interlude – Debussy Suite Bergamasque

The Suite bergamasque is one of the most famous piano suites by Claude Debussy. Debussy commenced the suite in 1890 at age 28, but he did not finish or publish it until 1905.[1]

The Suite bergamasque was first composed by Debussy around 1890, but was significantly revised just before its publication in 1905. It seems that by the time a publisher came to Debussy in order to cash in on his fame and have these pieces published, Debussy loathed the earlier piano style in which these pieces were written.[1] While it is not known how much of the (Read more…)