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Archive for July, 2009

LA Guitar Quartet playing “Farewell to Stromness”

Bill mentioned today a favorite version of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Farewell to Stromness– check out the video below of the LAGQ:

Posted by: Jesse McQuarters, Producer, Exploring Music

Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas Caedmon collection @ Amazon.com

Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
     The night above the dingle starry,
          Time let me hail and climb
     Golden in the heydays of his eyes,
And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns
And once below a time I lordly had the trees and leaves
          Trail with daisies and barley
     Down the rivers of the windfall light.

Michael Steinberg

Just received this very sad news- author Michael Steinberg passed away yesterday.  His books, particularly those on the symphony, the concerto, and choral masterworks were invaluable as we did research for Exploring Music, and I used them countless times in writing scripts for many of the other programs that I’ve produced over the years.  I think “The Symphony” is one of the most worn-out books in my library, and I definitely would recommend all of his oeuvre to neophytes and symphonic experts alike.

LA Times- Michael Steinberg remembered

Posted by Jesse McQuarters, Exploring Music Producer

The Mowing of a Field by Hilaire Belloc

THERE is a valley in South England remote from ambition and from fear, where the passage of strangers is rare and unperceived, and where the scent of the grass in summer is breathed only by those who are native to that unvisited land. The roads to the Channel do not traverse it; they choose upon either side easier passes over the range. One track alone leads up through it to the hills, and this is changeable: now green where it nears the homesteads and the barns. The woods grow steep above the slopes; they reach sometimes the very summit of the heights, or, when they cannot attain them, fill in and clothe the coombes. And, in between, along the floor of the valley, deep pastures and their silence are bordered by lawns of chalky grass and the small yew trees of the Downs.

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submitted by a listener…

I think Exploring Music has some of the most brilliant and creative listeners in the world- I just had to share a few poems that a listener from Pittsburgh wrote up for Bill. Thanks, Billy!

Kudos for Tchaikovsky
It was back in “1812”
We were swimming in that lovely “Swan Lake”
When young “Peter” jumps up and says
I must go now! because I have a date

Now if my memory serves me correctly
His girlfriend’s name was Judy
And I tell you my fair-weathered friends
This girl was a “Sleeping Beauty”

She had beautiful long blonde hair
And eyes that you could stare at for hours
And oh! that pretty young face
Made you wanna dance the “Waltz of the Flowers”

But like everything that goes with age
So did her youthful physique
We never saw Judy again
But man she had a nice “Pathetique!”

Peter didn’t take that too lightly
It was a painful and emotional ride
In fact he got so deep in depression
He contemplated committing suicide

Kind of like “Romeo and Juliet”
Except “that one” ended a little more tragic
I guess when you draw the “Queen of Spades”
The most you can hope for is some magic

We never again heard from Peter
Except that he grew old and tired and weary
But there was a rumor that he became a writer
And wrote something called “The Sugar Plum Fairy”


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