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Classical Notes: June 26, 2006 Archive

Rodgers in Three-Quarter Time

Posted at 8:11 AM on June 26, 2006 by John Birge (1 Comments)
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If Johann Strauss Jr. is "The Waltz King," I might nominate Richard Rodgers for the number 2 spot ("The Waltz Prince?") in the triple-time pantheon (pace Franz Lehar). In any case, Rodgers excelled at waltz tunes. After playing Stephen Hough's beautifully intimate arrangement of "Hello Young Lovers" this morning on the radio, I started this list of great Rodgers waltzes:

Hello Young Lovers
My Favorite Things
Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'
Out of My Dreams
Im in Love with a Wonderful Guy

But this is just a start; now it's your turn to help complete the list with titles I've omitted. I'd also love to know which ones are your favorites, and why.

BTW, I just noticed that I've listed only Rodgers & Hammerstein songs, but in truth I much prefer the Rodgers & Hart songbook. So, bonus points if your suggestions include titles from Lorenz Hart...

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A member of Parliament says pipe down

Posted at 5:52 PM on June 26, 2006 by Don Lee

Thanks to John Birge for pointing out an important development in the British Parliament:

A Bill to Provide for the Secretary of State to draw up a plan to prohibit piped music and the showing of television programmes in the public areas of hospitals and on public transport.

The bill, now before the House of Lords, was introduced by Green Party member Lord Beaumont of Whitley. Arguing for the bill earlier this month, he stated, "I dislike most forms of noise pollution, including wallpaper music." He continued, "When we listen to a sound, whatever that sound is, including music, if the listener does not want it, it is noise. Noise is defined as unwanted sound."

Fear not, adherents of the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. In the words of the bill, 'Piped music' means pre-recorded background music played through loudspeakers."

Symphony in e(Bay)

Posted at 11:03 PM on June 26, 2006 by John Birge
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Wanna buy an orchestra?
Bid high!