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Exploring Music
« on: October 09, 2021, 01:48:02 PM »
Billy, this is dedicated to you, since I know you are always willing to explore new music. In this thread we can introduce composers who are not necessarily in the mainstream, but who we think are worth listening to at least once. If they sound interesting, it can be a fun project to explore them further.

The first composer we don’t hear very often is Ottorino Respighi (1879 - 1936), who wrote wonderfully descriptive music. I don’t usually like programmatic music, but I make an exception for Respighi, whose music I enjoy from time to time.

This is his Pini di Roma, which starts with an evocation of the wind in the pines at the Villa Borghese. The beginning gives me goose bumps every time, and ends with a glorious, almost Wagnerian, climax in his description of the pines of the Appian Way. There isn’t much to understand in this and his other descriptive compositions, one has to simply sit back and let it wash over you.


He wrote a few other similar works. I recommend Fontane di Roma, which describes the fountains of Rome.
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2021, 04:28:55 PM »
cool!

and look how the conductor makes the whole orchestra stand up and get credit when he walks in.

how many conductors do that for their orchestras?

not enough


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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2021, 04:57:36 PM »
at the end too. he doesnt even turn around until he thanks all his people

first rate


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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2021, 05:24:13 PM »
at the end too. he doesnt even turn around until he thanks all his people

first rate

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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2021, 06:32:02 PM »
his actions speak loudly. i usually see orchestral conductors walk onto the stage as if they were demigods, and never turn or notice the human beings in their orchestras.

not one conductor is worth a shit unless he has a competent orchestra backing him up. i seldom see them acknowledge this.


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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2021, 06:48:05 AM »
I am guessing that the Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895 – 1968) is not familiar to many here, although he composed many works for guitar. Here is John Williams (the guitarist, not the film composer) playing Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Guitar Concerto No. 1, with Eugene Ormandy conducting. The concerto has 3 movements, split into separate videos by YouTube. I encourage you to listen to all three for a brilliant experience.

1. Allegretto

2. Andantino alla romanza

3. Ritmico e cavalleresco

If this excites you, there are many other Castelnuovo-Tedesco works on YouTube.
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2021, 01:13:56 PM »
damn

he haf me with the flute in the first one

im listening to them again over breakfsst


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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2021, 02:14:48 PM »
damn

he haf me with the flute in the first one

im listening to them again over breakfsst

Glad you're enjoying it. This particular recording was one of the first LPs I bought when I started buying music in my late teens. The only downside for me is that one work is split into 3 videos on YouTube, which is a shame, because one movement should follow the previous one seamlessly.
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