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  •  My favorite part of the (6+ / 0-)

    Fantasia on Tallis is about 4:10 (and again about 12:30 when he does the same thing).  That eerie flat two chord that's part of the phrygian mode of the old Tallis theme.  

    When I was listening to the Tallis just now, my classical-hating brother walked in to ask me what that was.  I told him it was the theme from the film Master and Commander (the name he would most likely recognize).  He said it sounded a lot more like The Robe.

    And he has a good point.  I really love the music in the old 50s epic religious pics like The Robe, Quo Vadis, Ben Hur, etc.  And they all have characteristics in common with Vaughan-Williams' music.  

    The Robe (1953) had music by the great film composer Alfred Newman.  

    Yay.  Youtube has the Robe music...

    Blows my mind.  Alfred Newman deserves his own diary.

    The love theme motif begins about 6:13, first in the woodwinds, but then he throws in the heavy strings.  The theme itself has a deliberately archaic modal quality to it.

    It's funny how things like this stay with you.  I heard this music when I was a kid, and it stuck with me.  I have to remind myself, sometimes, that I didn't grow up with classical music.  I grew up with great film music like Newman's The Robe, and later on as a consequence, the appetite for classical music just came as a consequence.  

    •  Thanks, Dumbo (4+ / 0-)
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      I did grow up with classical music, but by the age of 13 I knew more about it than my parents did, and that had its own stuff attached to it. Like an entirely rock iPod, for instance.

      There's so much to write about.  Part of me wants to continue the Vaughan Williams series, but another part of me wants to start with the Swan of Tuonela in an investigation of the English horn.  We'll see how I feel in two weeks.

      -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

      by Dave in Northridge on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 06:39:19 PM PST

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      •  My grandma was a piano teacher. (4+ / 0-)

        I never heard her play, though.  Never knew her very well.

        We had a piano in the house, and it belonged (capitalize that word) to my dad, who used to play tin pan alley type music, and he did it very well.  

        Heh.  I found Darkstown Strutter's Ball.  this was probably my dad's favorite song.  He did it just about the way this guy did, although he would rarely play it the same way twice.  And he would sing and mug while he was doing it.

        I also remember him singing "We are poor little lambs who have lost our way..."  Whenever he sang that, he'd lean way forward towards us and try to look like a sad little sheep as he sang, "Bah!  Bah!  Bah!"  It made us laugh when we were kids.  Then when he got to the part about

        "Gentlemen songsters off on a spree
        Doomed from here til eternity
        Lord, have mercy on such, such as we..."

        ... he'd clown it up by crooning and looking at the ceiling like he was going to cry.  He was very funny.

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