Video: Xenakis: ‘XAS’

With score, for saxophone quartet. Truly weird but strangely beautiful. Listen with headphones on.

Nice program: Krenek


Chopin meets Liszt

Another great moment in film music, brought to you by Classical Life.

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A scene from “A Song to Remember” (1944), with Cornel Wilde as Chopin, Stephen Bekassy as Liszt, and Paul Muni as Chopin’s teacher, Prof. Joseph Elsner. I laughed out loud the first time I saw this, many years ago.

Halliwell’s capsule review of the film:

“Hilarious classical music biopic which was unexpectedly popular and provoked a flood of similar pieces. As a production, not at all bad, but the script …”

Jose Iturbi dubbed the piano playing.

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Video: Bernd Alois Zimmermann: ‘Tratto II’

Give it a shot. Beautiful. Music created on magnetic tape.

Video: Nino Rota: Trombone Concerto

Ximo Vicedo, trombone


Chabrier: Scherzo-Valse

Aldo Ciccolini, piano.

Review: Kreisler and Strausses at the Hollywood Bowl

Review: Long-neglected music gets a fresh L.A. Phil spin at the Hollywood Bowl. The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 7, 2016.

Great moments in film music: ‘Yojimbo’

Electric guitar and harpsichord, major vs. minor and heavy percussion. Music by Masaru Sato (and worthy of Ennio Morricone). The opening titles to “Yojimbo” (“Bodyguard,” remade as “A Fistful of Dollars”), directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune.

Great moments in film music: ‘The Third Man’

Closing sequence. Zither music played by Anton Karas.

Great moments in film music: ‘North by Northwest’

Titles by Saul Bass. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Watch for Hitchcock at the end — he misses the bus.