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  1. Rebel, Four Seasons, Janacek's Sinfonietta, Quartet for the End of Time

    I took a long, long walk through the park and the city today, and listened to four works while I did so. First was Rebel's Les Elemens.



    By listening to Reinhard Goebel, I position myself in opposition to a league of internet snobs, and tomorrow I will listen to Jordi Savall to entrench myself here.

    Anyway, the first part of Les Elemens is must-hear music, whether you indulge
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  2. 3 Questions: Gaye, Mussorgsky's Pictures, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde

    This afternoon's first listening was Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, another album that the intelligentsia consider classic.



    I tried to listen to it last night, but somehow it got on my nerves, but this morning everything was fine. It is very repetitive, like any pop music, probably not intended for more than a few close listenings. But it does set a mood, and there are several famous songs
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    Updated Apr-19-2011 at 06:44 by science

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  3. Blog 7

    Oh joy of joys! The Berio transcription is complete, as is the film score! I printed off the 4 pieces that make up my composition portfolio and now need to write a 1500 word aesthetic statement. The 3000 word monster analysis is still growling in the back of my mind but I'll tackle that tomorrow. It's been a pretty productive day in spite of how mind-numbing the work can be at times.
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  4. Dances and Rhapsodies Hungarian and Slavonic: Liszt, Brahms, Dvorak

    Going back a few days, I want to share my big recent discovery: Liszt's Hungarian Dances.



    Lovely, fun stuff - great rhythms, sweet harmonies. I wish I'd heard them years ago. You might want to shop around for better recordings, as this one appears to be a bit controversial, but anyway it really made me happy and I'm going to listen to it many more times.

    Perhaps only because
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    Updated Apr-18-2011 at 18:46 by science

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  5. Today's Music

    As a mere "advanced beginner" in the world of classical music, I won't pretend to give any lectures here. No map, just a record of my stumbles through the vast uncharted territories of human culture.

    Too much ado already.

    And anyway, today was a pop day.

    For the first time, I listened to If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, an album bt The Mamas & the Papas. The experts tell us it's a classic.

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    Updated Apr-18-2011 at 18:52 by science

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