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« Reply #175 on: March 10, 2018, 12:16:58 AM »

I had to look around but it would seem to be from the opening duet in the Finale of Act One of Johann's Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zgbnlzs-sY

This is where the AHDN excerpt begins:

Die dir einst dein Herz erfreut, [Which once delighted your heart,]
Gibt der Wein dir TrŲstung schon [Wine will soon give you consolation]
Durch Vergessenheit! [By forgetting!]
GlŁcklich ist, wer vergisst, [Happy is the person who forgets,]
Was doch nicht zu šndern ist. [What can't be altered anyway.]
Kling, kling, sing, sing, sing [Ting-a-ling, sing, sing, sing,]
Trink mit mir, sing mit mir, [Drink with me, sing with me,]
Lalala, lalala, etc. [la la la, etc.]
Thanks to the fast reply. Thumbs Up Lyrics match with the AHDN bit in question. Cool music, cheerful as I like. 3D
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« Reply #176 on: March 10, 2018, 02:50:39 AM »

At work, a big chunk of my job is to do this really tedious stuff processing real estate transfer deeds and as a result I can listen to A LOT of music while I do that. I've found that music with vocals is a bit distracting, but instrumental music, such as classical, is perfect.

Recently while doing this, I decided to listen to all 104 of Haydn's symphonies on Youtube.
I started with #1 and am going in order. I just finished #51 (I think) today. Almost halfway through.

My review of them is, while they're all very nice, they all sound very similar - almost to the point where they're getting a bit tedious. But I'm going to insist to myself that I finish them all, just ... because. I can easily imagine Mr. Haydn, at the end of his career, likely unable to recall all of the symphonies he wrote, it almost seems like these authors who churn out volumes and volumes of pulp fiction stories to the point where they all seem to run into each other and you can't really tell them apart (even if they're entertaining).

The bold bit could have been posted by me (except that I do non-boring rough drafts of stuff). I went through all the Haydn symphonies and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. If I remember correctly, I started in the middle working my way forwards and then from the middle backwards to #1. Grin

Amazingly, at least one symphonist has written more than 104. This is Leif Segerstam's Symphony No. 253...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v7Ht2W8Z6E

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leif_Segerstam
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« Reply #177 on: March 10, 2018, 02:52:15 AM »

Thanks to the fast reply. Thumbs Up Lyrics match with the AHDN bit in question. Cool music, cheerful as I like. 3D

Any time. I used to enjoy identifying things for people on YouTube but stopped when the place became user-unfriendly... 
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« Reply #178 on: March 10, 2018, 03:56:12 PM »

Amazingly, at least one symphonist has written more than 104. This is Leif Segerstam's Symphony No. 253...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v7Ht2W8Z6E

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leif_Segerstam
Holy moly! While one might admire that guy's work ethic, when you're writing that many symphonies, you're pretty much writing a lot of symphonies just for the sake of writing a lot of symphonies.
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« Reply #179 on: March 11, 2018, 09:03:11 AM »

Amazingly, at least one symphonist has written more than 104. This is Leif Segerstam's Symphony No. 253...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v7Ht2W8Z6E

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leif_Segerstam
Holy moly! While one might admire that guy's work ethic, when you're writing that many symphonies, you're pretty much writing a lot of symphonies just for the sake of writing a lot of symphonies.

Haha, yes. A better case in point perhaps is Havergal Brian, who wrote a mere 32 (!) but many are of epic proportions, particularly Symphony No. 1, "The Gothic", which I heard premiered in 1966. And a pretty staggering experience it was too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRdozy4l07g

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._1_%22The_Gothic%22_(Brian)
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« Reply #180 on: March 14, 2018, 03:12:25 AM »

This is in memory of Stephen Hawking, who died today aged 76. In "Neptune" from Gustav Holst's orchestral suite The Planets, the door closes slowly on the female choir with the final bar "repeated until the sound is lost in the distance". A genius now rests in peace. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EX6gCCLx_8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Planets


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« Reply #181 on: March 30, 2018, 02:57:11 AM »

Seeing as it's Good Friday today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB5OrgydzIA

Arranged by Wagner into a concert piece, this music accompanies the second half of Act 3, Scene 1 of his opera Parsfal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsifal
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« Reply #182 on: April 05, 2018, 03:35:30 PM »

I finally finished the last of them yesterday!

As I said, they're all nice, but they're VERY repetitive. I suppose that's going to happen when you write 104 symphonies. Only about a dozen of them are worth listening to more than once. Also, you could tell in the last 10-20 of them he started getting a little more adventurous, and dabbling into some of the then-new Romanticism. But I am pretty sure if you asked him near the end of his life if he could remember every one of those symphonies, he would probably say no.

At work, a big chunk of my job is to do this really tedious stuff processing real estate transfer deeds and as a result I can listen to A LOT of music while I do that. I've found that music with vocals is a bit distracting, but instrumental music, such as classical, is perfect.

Recently while doing this, I decided to listen to all 104 of Hayden's symphonies on Youtube. I started with #1 and am going in order. I just finished #51 (I think) today. Almost halfway through.

My review of them is, while they're all very nice, they all sound very similar - almost to the point where they're getting a bit tedious. But I'm going to insist to myself that I finish them all, just ... because. I can easily imagine Mr. Haydn, at the end of his career, likely unable to recall all of the symphonies he wrote, it almost seems like these authors who churn out volumes and volumes of pulp fiction stories to the point where they all seem to run into each other and you can't really tell them apart (even if they're entertaining).
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« Reply #183 on: April 15, 2018, 05:00:52 AM »

I finally finished the last of them yesterday!

As I said, they're all nice, but they're VERY repetitive. I suppose that's going to happen when you write 104 symphonies. Only about a dozen of them are worth listening to more than once. Also, you could tell in the last 10-20 of them he started getting a little more adventurous, and dabbling into some of the then-new Romanticism. But I am pretty sure if you asked him near the end of his life if he could remember every one of those symphonies, he would probably say no.

Proficiat, S-a. I suppose the whole concept of the symphony was developing as Papa Haydn was pouring them out. I must admit I'm a fan, although I'm not likely to repeat this marathon listening session. Grin

One of the pieces I heard during the "boring" stage of my work was this gem by Morton Gould. Harvest is part of a channel of American 20th-century orchestral music I'm listening to right now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcoKsFBmk6c

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morton_Gould



     
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« Reply #184 on: April 29, 2018, 04:12:32 AM »

Heard this on the radio this morning. A bit out of season perhaps, but a gem just the same:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6pquwsisEc

http://old.bhso.org.uk/repert-273-Delius-Summer-night-on-the-river.htm
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« Reply #185 on: April 29, 2018, 10:44:07 PM »

Iím curious what you all think if Crumbís ďAncient Voices of ChildrenĒ. I became aquatinted with it the same time I first heard Smile and the two and kind of welded in my mind where I found much inspiration.

https://youtu.be/yvpuiI3fGeU
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« Reply #186 on: April 30, 2018, 02:03:50 AM »

Iím curious what you all think of Crumbís ďAncient Voices of ChildrenĒ. I became acquainted with it the same time I first heard Smile and the two kind of welded in my mind where I found much inspiration.

https://youtu.be/yvpuiI3fGeU

Thanks for sharing, pixletwin. I've heard music by Crumb before, mainly piano music if I remember correctly.

Perhaps they're too intimate (I'm happier with a broader canvas) but song cycles with a chamber group have never really appealed to me--with the possible exception of Pierrot Lunaire. The ones with orchestra by, say, Berlioz and Zemlinsky are more up my street. I can imagine AVOC and SMiLE gelling in one's mind though.
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« Reply #187 on: May 19, 2018, 07:26:56 AM »

Heard a live performance of Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird last night. Here are the closing eleven minutes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WsqK1mCGeY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Firebird
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