Often times on this blog I try to add an intellectual element to my writing, discussing historical and philosophical aspects of music in addition to simply recapping what's been going on in my own musical career as of late. I've been thinking of topics I could write on that might be intellectually stimulating: composers who have influenced me in terms of style and technique, my preffered methods of notation and how this affects orchestration, etc. Instead of all that, this is what I came up with -
FAMOUS COMPOSERS AND THEIR MEME FACE COUNTERPARTS
So without further interruption, I give you...
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Innovate radical harmonic and structural ideas and change of the face of music forever... like a boss.
I betcha can't play that...
Strikingly brilliant, but also incredibly depressed
Just read his letters and you'll know what I mean by this one
Dodecaphonic music: you either REALLY like it, or REALLY don't
On May 29th, 1913, Stravinsky succeeded in trolling the entire audience of the Paris Ballet. Polytonality - you mad?
Apparently he just found out that Mendelssohn was billed first on the program
So... as you can see, I've been using my time wisely.
4/24/2011 11:46:04 pm
To keep up your energy, play Liszt. Otherwise, you'll be "Liszt-less".
Mary Lou Wade
5/10/2011 12:38:03 am
I tried leaving a reply before, but I don't think it went through, so I'll try again. Anyway--as I said before ,Jim and I watched the DVD of "Darkest Day" last night, and don't have enough words to tell you how much we enjoyed and were awed by it! As my dad used to say "There are not enough superlatives in in the combined editions of Webster and his contemporary lexicographers adequately to express--" our admiration and awe and amazement (triple A--AAA!) It was beautiful, and moving. You knew how to convey every mood in the appropriate musical language. So--keep on keeping the stream of music flowing! MLW
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