Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Friday, September 12, 2014

A Little Night Music

Born on this date: Dmitri Shostakovich.

After Shostakovich and Nikolai Malko had listened to an old 78rpm disc of Vincent Youman’s “Tea for Two” in 1927, Malko bet Dmitri 100 roubles that he couldn’t come up with an orchestration of the song, entirely from memory, in less than an hour. Shostakovich went into the next room and returned 45 minutes later, having made his own orchestration, and duly won the bet. In its new guise, the piece was called ‘Tahiti Trot’ and here it is, as played at the 1997 Proms by the BBC Philharmonic under Vassily Sinaisky.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Little Night Music

What the NATO leaders heard today at the summit in Wales.

(Also the music of the school song of a certain private school in Toledo.)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Little Night Music

I think this is the first time in all of the 1,422 ALNM posts that I’ve put up Rhapsody in Blue.  This version is the original jazz band version conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, and they’re using the piano roll cut by George Gershwin in 1925.  Talk about pressure…

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

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Thursday, August 28, 2014