Music – ready for some more classical and remix?

Dear Reader,

Playing Má Vlast by Bedřich Smetana here on diablog was an attempt to get you attracted to classical music.

I have done so before with Keith Jarret’s The Köln Concert, and with the Dutch band Ekseption interpreting J. S. Bach’s Air. And of course with Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony.

Smetana’s best known piece is an excellent example of a symphonic poems, which are part of the wider category program music.

With program music the composer uses music to tell a story or create an image in your head. Má vlast is a musical description of a river, the Vltava or Moldau, as it runs through Bohemia.  Or as it used to run,because the fast part in the piece resembles rapids, which do not exist anymore.

Another great example of program music is Mussorgsky‘s Pictures at an Exhibition. Acutually, it might be the very best example of program music.

Originally it was written for piano. One of the most recent recordings is by Ivo Pogorelich, a genius on the piano. You can find the recoding on youtube.

Pictures of an Exhibition was re-written or re-mixed as an orchestra piece by many. The most famous one is by Maurice Ravel. Yes, the guy with Bolero, which many know from the movie 10 with Bo Derek.

Sorry, back to Pictures at an Exhibition.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer, one of my favorite bands of all time, of which we already had Fanfare for the Common Man and Pirates, has re-interpreted parts of Pictures at an Exhibition too.

In the 70s they recorded a live concert playing The Gnome, The Sage, The Old Castle, Blues Variations, Promenade, The Curse Of Baba Yaga, The Hut Of Baba Yaga, The Great Gates Of Kiev and – not related but fun too – The Nutrocker.

Please get the record or – if you want to try it first – listen to it here:

Pete, I think you will like it too.

This is a perfect example, how music giants often seem larger than life, because they are standing on some other genius’ shoulders.

And I definitely have to see the Great Gate of Kiev.

Update: Smiles is correct of course, the Golden Gate.

Stay tuned,
Engine Room

3 thoughts on “Music – ready for some more classical and remix?

  1. Great Blog and great music ER.
    Unfortunately you will spend a lot of time in Kiev looking for the Great Gate of Kiev as it does not exist and was only a design by Victor Hartmann. Never mind, plenty of other things and beauties to see Dont forget to try Sala with Gorilka.

  2. I like quite a lot of it except the really heavy guitar bits.
    I will continue listening as its only been 20 minutes so far…

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