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I'm sure we have all been in a situation where the guy next door has the tendency to play bad music too loud--it is pretty much the price we pay for the electronic recording and playback of music. But this guy has found the perfect solution. For some odd reason, blogger won't embed so you have to follow the link:
The clip is titled "Neighbor Payback Prank" but a better title would "Neighbor Payback Justice" don't you think? I had some neighbors who had three loud dogs that barked late at night. So one morning, around 6am I put my Harmon/Kardon stereo up to the window, cranked it up and played all of the Rite of Spring for them. No reaction!! So I see why their dogs didn't bother them: stone-deaf neighbors. Still, the act of revenge was enjoyable in itself.
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The Guardian has an interesting note about the challenges Shostakovich faced in his career--a bit more severe than most composers have.
He wrote his First Symphony in 1926 at the age of 19; it was a worldwide success; three years later its dedicatee was arrested and shot. They executed the dedicatees of symphonies? Yes, and musicologists. And anyone who looked remotely suspicious to Stalin’s paranoid eye.* * *
Somehow, I had hoped the 21st century would be more interesting than this: all known recordings of the Gymnopedie #1 by Erik Satie played together.
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Here is something you probably won't want to see. A whole bunch of folks twerking to the Goldberg Variations? Wouldn't even Donald Trump condemn this for excessive vulgarity?
Bach's lawyer will be calling them in the morning...
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So here is what is hot with string quartets these days. The JACK Quartet playing "Dancing With Somebody" by Joe Twist.
Who would have thought, back in the middle of the last century with Boulez and Stockhausen roaming the landscape, that the big influence in the new millennium would be, wait for it, tango... NTTAWWT.
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And that brings us to our patented envoi for today's post. Bach without all the twerking. This is the Chorus and Orchestra of La Petite Bande, on period instruments. Barbara Schlick, soprano. René Jacobs, altus. Nico van der Meel, tenor. Max van Egmond, bass. Christoph Prégardien, tenor (Evangelist). Harry van der Camp, bass (Jesus). Conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken.