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JULY 5 - Composers' bad habits
Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Grande Tarantelle, Op. 67 RO.259
Some of history’s greatest composers sure were eccentric. Famed composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk had such a terrible nail-biting habit that he would leave the piano keys covered in blood after a performance. Nevertheless, his performances were so spellbinding that some audience members may not have even noticed.
JULY 4 - The Presidential Medal of Freedom
Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copland knew a thing or two about the power of brevity. In this piece, dedicated to those who fought in World War II, he used only percussion and brass, creating a starkly moving sound that won him the 1964 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
JULY 3 - The most famous intermezzo
Christian Sindig: A Rustle of Spring, Op. 32 No. 3
Brahms, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Schubert wrote a whole bunch of “Intermezzos,” but when it came time to score the 1936 Ingrid Bergman film “Intermezzo,” Hollywood chose none of these old standbys. Instead, they chose “A Rustle of Spring” from the obscure Norwegian composer Christian Sinding, launching him into unexpected fame.
JULY 2 - Creepy Crawly Sound Effects
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Wasps: Overture
Does the sound of this piece make your skin crawl? That’s because Vaughan Williams composed it to replicate the buzzing noise a swarm of wasps makes. Listeners who can make it all the way through this movement are rewarded with a satisfying swat! noise at the end.