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Audio: Stravinsky: Andante

Stravinsky’s music is often thought of as a relentlessly bold, spiky and angular, but he also wrote in gentle pastels. Here’s one such piece, his Andante for piano four hands (which I’m learning at the moment).

And now listen to his enchanting orchestration of same.

Thoughts While Attending the First Symphony in the Series My Wife Wanted to Buy

This is both funny and, if you’re a classical music lover, kind of sad. Well, at least this fictional fellow (who is all too real) gave it a try. From The New Yorker. Essay by Kirk J. Rudell, read by comedian Jim Gaffigan.

Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’: Opening chords

This video presents a chronological survey of the first two chords (E-flat major) of Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, as heard in recordings from the 1920s to the present day. You will notice not only different tempos, but also different tunings (the three orchestras using original instruments are the lowest), acoustics (Toscanini’s are especially dull) and instrumental balances. The people who put this compilation together may in fact have too much time on their hands, but it was well used here, and we thank them.