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    I'm afraid that since they have become a Spectacle, I have probably watched more Olympic opening ceremonies than are good for me -- including that embarrassing one from Nagano in which CBS decided Americans were much too cretinous to be able to sit through the choral part of the ode To Joy that Ozawa conducted to climax the evening, so cut away to drivel.

    So watching tonight, I was again struck by the endlessness of the Parade of Nations, and began to wonder about the backup orchestra, which played with pomp and excitement for 2 hours as athletes streamed in. Was it live? On tape? Was the music written out? Or like an organ processional written out in sections which were cycled through ad libertum? Or taped as an endless loop? And did the players have to go out drinking afterwards? Anyone know?

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    That I don't know, but I do know that good old John Williams composed the fanfare.

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    I remember there was a performance of Tchaikovsky piano concerto in B flat minor in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup.

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    The music for this Olympics is not without controversy....see here for a sickening revelation.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/o...dren-jmdfh9mpc
    Last edited by mikeh375; Jul-24-2021 at 10:18.

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    Apparently it was music from video games which are a big thing in Japan.

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    I loathe the ceremonial music - it's usually overblown rubbish with a little bit of gratuitous new-age/world hokum thrown in for good measure. I for one would be happier just to hear the national anthems of each country as they emerge from the tunnel.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    I loathe the ceremonial music - it's usually overblown rubbish with a little bit of gratuitous new-age/world hokum thrown in for good measure. I for one would be happier just to hear the national anthems of each country as they emerge from the tunnel.
    Most national anthems are rubbish too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabulin View Post
    Most national anthems are rubbish too...
    True, but at least most of them can be judiciously shortened...
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    I heard this piece composed for the 2000 Sidney Summer games by New Zealand composer, John Psathas. I thought it was pretty darn good.

    "View from Olympus"

    It doesn't seem to have any of the pomp that most Olympic music has, but is quite exhilarating. I think it holds up very well on it's own, without the Olympic context.


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    God that Olympic opening ceremony was absolute pish. Hours of mind-numbing tedium. Can't they just say "it's open" and get on with it? I can't be dealing with all that overblown nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    God that Olympic opening ceremony was absolute pish. Hours of mind-numbing tedium. Can't they just say "it's open" and get on with it? I can't be dealing with all that overblown nonsense.
    I mostly agree, but it did have great piano solo by jazz-fusion phenom, Hiromi!

    She is so good!

    That made most of the boredom worth it for me.
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    They should go back to this one -http://https://youtu.be/hRcx9gSlY9A?t=173

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    If I remember correctly, at the opening of Athens, in 2004, they played the final movement of Mahler's Third Symphony while a centaur (?!) crossed the field. And the narrator on brazilian television said: "this song is by Gustav Marler, the title is... Lansam".

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawa View Post
    If I remember correctly, at the opening of Athens, in 2004, they played the final movement of Mahler's Third Symphony while a centaur (?!) crossed the field. And the narrator on brazilian television said: "this song is by Gustav Marler, the title is... Lansam".
    Latin American sports commentators are like classical music in temperament actually


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    Know what you write about.

    Such is the advice generally given to would-be authors in a writing course.

    Perhaps the same should go for music.

    Perhaps anyone who wants to write an Olympic hymn should first compete against the other would-be composers doing various of the Olympics events -- swimming/diving, speed skating, gymnastics, track and field, luge, equestrian disciplines, etc. -- and the overall winner not only gets a gold medal, he or she also gets the honor of writing the Olympic hymn.

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