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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


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.


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…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Reading Ukulele Tabs

One of the things I want to discuss in our upcoming CPLUG workshop is how to read tab sheet music. In this post I’ve give you some pointers so you can practice on your own. It’s worth learning to read tabs because it gives you the ability to play melodies and solo pieces without having […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Don’t Be A Scared Tool

Here’s a song for radicalized Canadians to sing.

I’m white and scared (clap clap) They want my guns (clap clap) And veils are wrong (clap clap) Except on nuns! (clap clap)

“I’m white and scared (clap clap) you know it’s true (clap clap) I’m scared of terror (clap clap) Because I’m a tool (clap clap).”

— Hat tip to Jay Bird

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday “Trip-Hop” Musical Interlude – Portishead



Inside your pretending Crimes have been swept aside Somewhere where they can forget

Divine upper reaches Still holding on This ocean will not be grasped All for nothing

Did you really want Did you really want Did you really want Did you really want


Refuse to surrender Strung out until ripped apart Who dares, dares to condemn All for nothing

Did you really want Did you really want Did you really want Did you really want

I think melancholy might sound something like this.

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Ukulele Festival Coming in May!

It’s official: the Canada Ukes ukulele festival will be held right around the corner from Collingwood: in Midland at the Midland Cultural Centre, May 22-24. Three days of ukuleleness, featuring Ralph Shaw, Stevie McNie (leader of Toronto’s Corktown Ukulele), The Skinnydippers and others. Performances, jams and workshops galore! Vendors, too. Early bird tickets for the […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Ukulele Workshop Today

I just returned from Orangeville where Broadway Music hosted a two-and-a-half hour musical workshop this Saturday by Manitoba Hal today (which will be followed by his concert tonight from 8-11 p.m. – try to attend, if you can: he’s very talented). Very informative and well worth attending. Interestingly, at least half the participants were my […]

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Baroque Interlude – Francois Couperin – The Israel Sinfonietta.


Couperin was born in Paris. He was taught by his father, Charles Couperin, who died when François was about 10, and by Jacques Thomelin. In 1685 he became the organist at the church of Saint-Gervais, Paris, a post he inherited from his father and that he would pass on to his cousin, Nicolas Couperin, and other members of the family. In 1693 Couperin succeeded his teacher Thomelin as organist at the Chapelle Royale (Royal Chapel) with the title organiste du Roi, organist by appointment to Louis XIV.

In 1717 Couperin became court organist and composer, with the title ordinaire (Read more…)

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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