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A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - and Tubular Bells

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Listen to some of Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells” where Vivian Stanshall formally announces each instrument as it joins the mix at the end of the piece, and more for this New Sounds.

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Musical Portraits of the English Landscape

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to musical portraits of the rolling hills and little lanes of the English countryside, and the English fascination with landscape.  There’s music from a recent recording by English sax player, clarinetist and composer John Surman,“Saltash Bells.” Built around loops of synth tones, the work is an audio reminiscence of hearing bells ringing from the church across the river.  Also, listen to a portion of an early work from Mike Oldfield, “Hergest Ridge," named after an elongated hill on English/Welsh border.  Also, listen to music from Brian Eno and Jocelyn Pook.  Plus music by Michael Nyman from “Drowning By Numbers.”

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A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - and Other Instruments

Thursday, February 27, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to some of "Heroic Weather," – from Alexander Desplat’s score to "Moonrise Kingdom," where every instrument is identified as it enters, much in the same way that Benjamin Britten does in his “Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.”  That will probably bring to mind Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter & the Wolf," (another popularly used score in children’s music education) so perhaps we’ll also hear something from that classic work.  Plus, listen to some of Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells” where Vivian Stanshall formally announces each instrument as it joins the mix, towards the end of the piece.  All these, and more.

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New Sounds

Musical Portraits of the English Landscape

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to musical portraits of the rolling hills and little lanes of the English countryside, and the English fascination with landscape.  There’s music from a recent recording by English sax player, clarinetist and composer John Surman,“Saltash Bells.” Built around loops of synth tones, the work is an audio reminiscence of hearing bells ringing from the church across the river.  Also, listen to a portion of an early work from Mike Oldfield, “Hergest Ridge," named after an elongated hill on English/Welsh border.  Also, listen to music from Brian Eno and Jocelyn Pook.  Plus music by Michael Nyman from “Drowning By Numbers.”

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New Sounds

A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - and Other Instruments

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to some of "Heroic Weather," – from Alexander Desplat’s score to "Moonrise Kingdom," where every instrument is identified as it enters, much in the same way that Benjamin Britten does in his “Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.”  That will probably bring to mind Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter & the Wolf," (another popularly used score in children’s music education) so perhaps we’ll also hear something from that classic work.  Plus, listen to some of Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells” where Vivian Stanshall formally announces each instrument as it joins the mix, towards the end of the piece.  All these, and more.

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