Fancy Free

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

We hear Leonard Bernstein’s “Fancy Free,” an early score the composer wrote for a ballet of the same name. Also, “Drum and Gong” from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" film score composer Tan Dun and Spiritual’s “Gospel Train.”

Also Featured Tonight:

Milos Raickovich / Parastos
Ottorino Respighi / Piano Sonata in F
Jason Barabba / String Trio
Steve Reich / Different Trains
John Corigliano / "Elegy"

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Comments [3]

NIck from NJ

Just came through the door from the commute. Interestingly, when I listen to the last M. Torke piece it reminded me of the ocean (blue) and I had the sense of seeing it. Then you mentioned synesthesia... Hah - what key was it in? ;)

What was the name of that piece?

Mar. 18 2009 08:50 PM
Nina from East Village, NY

I'm interested to hear about Michael's synesthesia--and I have a question that I hope he can speak to: I've read that true synesthetes always associate color and music, or taste, or smell . . . I have consistently but not ALWAYS seen colors when I hear music, and occasionally I've smelled something very particular: damp earth, for example, or rain clouds overhead . . . Mostly, I see colors: a baritone saxophone can fill the room with blue stained glass-like light, or drums can bring bright splashes of light, sometimes water, or the room can fill with red and black clouds (I won't go on, but I could!). . . I thought everyone experienced music this way until, as a teenager, I pointed out a color to some friends who asked me what drugs I was on . . . I never talked about it again until 30 years later, but I sure enjoy it when it happens. But it doesn't happen all the time. So I'm hoping Michael will describe his experiences . . . Thanks!

Mar. 18 2009 07:41 PM
Tim from Queens

Thank you for that tribute to Anne Brown. I've known about her for years and was sorry to see the obituary in today's NY Times. She has to be the last of Gershwin's colleagues to go; her status as such along with her immense talent should have made her a celebrity, but for some reason I've never heard her mentioned except in Gershwin biographies and, of course, today. Any information you could find about her and any out-of-print recording you can play would be greatly appreciated.

Mar. 18 2009 07:35 PM

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