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Looking scruffy in a video

And used the word ‘chunk’ as a real-life composer. Not a great quality video, and I’m certainly a scruff, but nice to keep these things somewhere.

The piece we are talking about can be found elsewhere on this site.

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Sunday Silliness

Kitchen Drums

This series (The Horne Section) is being repeated on BBC Radio 4 at the moment, and this segment was recorded as a video, probably because it is so visually and technically impressive. Transferable skills!

Enjoy, see you next week!

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Video of the Week

Music at the RSC

Two short but excellent videos from the Royal Shakespeare company about the composition and preparation for music for the stage. Enjoy.

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Sunday Silliness

Sunday Silliness: Vuvuzela

People seem to have forgotten how big the vuvuzela was for the few short weeks in June 2010. I particularly loved this veideo because of:

  • The novel use of instruments in a musical setting.
  • The completely deadpan delivery.
  • The calibre of the musicians involved.

Enjoy!

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Sunday Silliness

Sunday Silliness: Musical Appreciation

I heard this years ago on an old cassette tape that someone gave me as a birthday present, and it just blew me away. It is so silly, and so unusual, but still has an incredibly clever musicological streak running through it. Perhaps some of it is lost on me due to my lack of baseball knowledge, but it is very entertaining and informative, and worth the almost nine minutes of the video. If you really don’t have time you can skip the introduction and start at 52 seconds in.

Right, so this is a performance of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, but treated as a huge sporting occasion: there are roaring crowds, pregame rituals, and a couple of very excitable commentators offering player stats (not my pun), discussion of form (ditto) and a blow-by-blow account of what is going on.

As a side note: the man behind the whole thing is Professor Peter Schickele, a musicologist and composer, who often pretends to be P.D.Q Bach, and is one of the cleverest and silliest classical musicians around.

Enjoy!

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Video of the Week

In the Orchestra Pit

This week’s video isn’t strictly about straight theatre, but it gives a good insight into the lives of those who play music in theatrical settings.

via the Really Useful Website backstage blogs