Pat’s Picks

You will probably recognize the brass introduction to Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. This piece was originally composed for Solo Piano in 1874 and brilliantly arranged for Symphony Orchestra by Maurice Ravel in 1922. Full of imagery, Pictures at an Exhibition was inspired by 10 paintings by the artist Viktor Hartmann. Each painting is represented by a movement and there is a Promenade that36077-large comes back with variations.

Le Sacre du Printemps or The Rite of Spring just celebrated the 100th anniversary of its premiere on May 29th, 2013. Heard now as a one of the most influential pieces in recent western music, it initially caused an infamous riot at its first performance because of its avant-garde sound. Igor Stravinsky composed The Rite of Spring in two parts, the first, “The Adoration of the Earth”, and the second, “The Sacrifice”. If any piece of classical music could also be categorized as Metal, it would be this one.

36225-largeThese six movements of Glassworks take the us on an auditory journey like nothing we have experienced before. We start in the familiar realm of the solo piano and travel through a whirlwind of synthesizers, wind instruments, and strings. After experiencing many different colors and shapes, the journey ends in the same place that it started, leaving us unharmed and with a new perception of the sounds around us. Philip Glass released Glassworks in 1982 with the walkman in mind. Composed in a very repetitive style, this recording is all about getting lost in the tones of the instruments and the interaction between them.
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Speaking of musical journeys…this is one of the best albums to get absolutely lost in. Bitches Brew (Disc 1, Disc 2) is full of both musical and studio innovations that are mimicked even today.

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This Week in Music History (June 12th-18th)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

14000-large6/12- On this day in 2003, the Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrated their newest inductees: Phil Collins, Queen, Van Morrison, and Little Richard. I wonder what was on the playlist that night!282084-large

6/13- Keeping up with the celebrations…on this day in 1980, controversial rock n’roll-turned-country singer Jerry Lee Lewis received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1184-large6/14- On this day in 1970, the Grateful Dead released their fifth album, Workingman’s Dead (arguably their best one ever). :-)6418-large

6/15- Another album release! On this day in 1989, Nirvana released their successful debut album Bleach, which ended up as an essential part of every ’90s music-lover’s collection.

27599-large6/16- This day in 1967 marks the first day of the infamous Monterey Pop Festival at Monterey County Fairgrounds in California. The three-day music event featured performances by musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar and Janis Joplin.24050-large

6/17- Famous composer Igor Stravinsky was born today way back in 1882. Stravinsky’s famous works include The Nightingale, The Firebird and Les Noches.

7011-large6/18- Happy Birthday to Sir James Paul McCartney! Paul was born on this day in 1942. He is renowned for both his solo work and his time spent as a member of The Beatles.

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