Does Humor Belong In Classical Music?

Does Humor Belong In Classical Music?
Does Humor Belong In Music #7, August 5, 2016.

Playlist:

1. Stop The Music For A Minute, 1:01.
2. Sad Jane, 9:52.
3. Jane, My Jane (live), 2:32.
4. Sweetest Love (Lament After A Broken Sashcord On A Theme Of John Donne), 1:01.
5. My Bonnie Lass (live), 2:36.
6. The Girl In The Magnesium Dress, 3:12.
7. Tout a Coup Le Bout, 1:59.
8. Echo Sonata Of Two Unfriendly Groups Of Instruments (live), 2:16.
9. Sinfonia Concertante (live), S. 98.6, 8:14.
10. Opus IV, 12:26.  
11. The Perfect Stranger, 13:09.
12. The Musical Sacrifice (live), 16:38.
13. Bogus Pomp, 13:29.
14. Cantata Iphigenia In Brooklyn, S. 53162 (live), 9:00.

15. Intermission: Moribund Music Of The 70s (excerpt), 7:51.

16. Music For Electric Violin And Low-Budget Orchestra (excerpt), 9:01.
17. Baguée, 3:08.
18. Mine Tonight, 1:02.
19. Outside Now Again (arr. Yves Charpentier), 5:18.  
20. Gnossienne #1, 3:05.  
21. Naval Aviation In Art?, 1:22.
22. Vite, Tout De Suite, 1:42.
23. Bolero (live), 5:18.
24. Moldavian Song, 3:05.
25. The Queen To Me A Royal Pain Doth Give (live), 2:41.
26. Overture To A Holiday In Berlin, 1:28.
27. Golly Golly Oh (live), 1:26.
28. Wowie Zowie, 2:56.
29. Elizabethan Madrigal (live), 1:14.
30. Sakkijarven Polka (Finland), 3:21.

Total Time, 2:32:09.

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Notes:

1. Miniatures (A Sequence Of Fifty-One Tiny Masterpieces Edited By Morgan-Fisher) 1980, uk: pipe records / cherry red records
pipe 2; re-issued in 1981, japan: japan records jal-2502; re-issued on cd in 1994, uk: blueprint/voiceprint records bp159cd; 2008: reissued as a medium-priced double cd with miniatures 2, uk: cherry red records cdbred361.   

2. Sad Jane 9:51 (Mvmnt. I: 4:46, Mvmnt. II: 5:05). First Performance Notes: 1983: London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano. Available Recordings: “London Symphony Orchestra Vol. I & II”  ZR 38 / 48. 
4. Miniatures (A Sequence Of Fifty-One Tiny Masterpieces Edited By Morgan-Fisher) 1980, uk: pipe records / cherry red records
pipe 2; re-issued in 1981, japan: japan records jal-2502; re-issued on cd in 1994, uk: blueprint/voiceprint records bp159cd; 2008: reissued as a medium-priced double cd with miniatures 2, uk: cherry red records cdbred361.    
7. From Octoot For Wind Instruments (S. 8) on A Little Nightmare Music.
10. Played are these from the Opus IV of Francesco Zappa:
Opus IV, No. 1 (1st Movement, Andantino)           2:42
Opus IV, No. 1 (2nd Movement, Allegro Assai)     1:58
Opus IV, No. 2 (2nd Movement, Allegro Assai)     1:17
Opus IV, No. 3 (1st Movement, Andante)                2:22
Opus IV, No. 3 (2nd Movement, Tempo Di Minuetto)  1:58
Opus IV, No. 4 (1st Movement, Minuetto)               2:07
11. Pierre Boulez, Conductor.
12. Played are these from the Musical Sacrifice of P.D.Q. Bach.
    I. Fuga Meshuga
    II. Sort of Little Trio Sonata
    III. Three Canons
    IV. Choral Prelude “Da kommt ja der Schurke”
    V. Four More Canons
    VI. The Grossest Fuge
Regina Park, Violin; Anouvong Liensavanh, Flute; Stephanie Patterson, Oboe; Rachel Koeth, Bassoon, Elisabeth Mandel, Trombone; Jack Meisburg, Bass.
14. An Evening With P.D.Q. Bach.
16. Not just an album of interpretations, King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Zappa was an active collaboration;        
Frank Zappa arranged all of the selections, played guitar on one, and contributed a new, nearly 20-minute orchestral composition for the occasion. Made in the wake of Ponty’s appearance on Zappa’s jazz-rock masterpiece Hot Rats, these 1969 recordings were significant developments in both musicians’ careers. In terms of jazz-rock fusion, Zappa was one of the few musicians from the rock side of the equation who captured the complexity — not just the feel — of jazz, and this project was an indicator of his growing credibility as a composer. For Ponty’s part, King Kong marked the first time he had recorded as a leader in a fusion-oriented milieu (though Zappa’s brand of experimentalism didn’t really foreshadow Ponty’s own subsequent work). The centerpiece, though, is obviously “Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra,” a new multi-sectioned composition that draws as much from modern classical music as jazz or rock. It’s a showcase for Zappa’s love of blurring genres and Ponty’s versatility in handling everything from lovely, simple melodies to creepy dissonance, standard jazz improvisation to avant-garde, nearly free group passages.
18. Miniatures (A Sequence Of Fifty-One Tiny Masterpieces Edited By Morgan-Fisher) 1980, uk: pipe records / cherry red records pipe 2; re-issued in 1981, japan: japan records jal-2502; re-issued on cd in 1994, uk: blueprint/voiceprint records    bp159cd; 2008: reissued as a medium-priced double cd with miniatures 2, uk: cherry red records cdbred361.   
19. Outside Now Again (for wind instrument), superb interpretation by the French quintet “Le Concert Impromptu” (under the direction of Jean-Michel Bossini): Yves Charpentier / flute and artistic director.
20. The video gives no information about who arranged the Gnossienne for guitar and accordian.
22. From Octoot For Wind Instruments (S. 8) on A Little Nightmare Music.
25. Chanticleer (the internationally-known 12-voice MALE chorus based in California with voices ranging from Bass II to       Soprano) came to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN on Friday, April 24, 2009. Here is one of the pieces they did by “P.D.Q. Bach”.  Lyrics edited by Professor peter Schickele.

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