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3 Questions Meme

So I haven't posted in a while, but got a meme hit that sounds entertaining, so here goes! This is via slipjig. If you'd like three questions of your own, please feel free to tell me so in the comments and I will do my best. :)

1) If you could travel through time and space at will, what one concert would you most like to have attended?
Hmm. I would want to hear a concert of works of either Alexander Borodin (Polovetsian Dances), Antonin Dvorak (Symphony 9 (the obvious choice)), or Luciano Berio (Sinfonia) at its debut. Not sure if in all cases I could track down when and where that'd be.

If I have to be more specific, I'd go with the concert at which Depeche Mode recorded their album 101. (June 18th, 1988 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.)

2) What one object, out of all those you once owned and no longer do, would you most like to get back?
What I miss most from the past is really more experiences than things... time spent with my sister and my dad trying to get lost while driving or going to Tower Records and looking through their miscellaneous bargains for weird things, time spent with my best friends from my teenage years talking endlessly about stupid SFF books or playing terrible video games at late hours, time spent with college friends...

Given those aren't objects. Uh. Oh, here's one that's actually relevant. A functioning copy of the computer on which I actually have some of my prior compositions. I've been thinking lately that I'm not sure I still have stuff I wrote in high school and college anymore, because of how many computers I've been through, and whether or not I was good about transferring *everything* over.

3) Stranger Ways has just thrown out its entire repertoire and refashioned itself as a 70's, 80's, and 90's cover band, using the same voices and instrumentation you've always had. You're in charge of choosing the music. Name one song from each of the three decades that you'd definitely put on the playlist.
70s - So I immediately thought, "favourite 70s band? Blue Öyster Cult!" except that I don't think I'd go with Don't Fear the Reaper, which everyone thinks of when they think BOC. I'm actually partial to Astronomy (original release in '74), and I think Stranger Ways might be able to do an interesting version of it.

80s will be hard, as I love the 80s to pieces. Hm. I have several choices I'd be tempted by, but the winner? Taking a note from Murder Ballads' book, Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion. Doing some of the vocal parts would make me so happy.

90s - oh oh! We just talked about this on the car trip to Confluence. Bruce Dickinson - Tears of the Dragon. This would be *so much fun*.

BONUS: Since most people come on interview shows to pitch their latest project (book, movie, CD, etc.), pitch your latest project (anything fun you want people to know about).
We're nearing completion on Iron and Rust, our Stranger Ways concept album about a conflict between the humans and the fae. We actually did some more recording for that on Wednesday, and we're hoping to have most or all of the album done by the end of the year. I'm very much looking forward to having a version of some of those that people can listen to, 'cause some of them have the most fun flute parts I've ever played, or really fun vocal lines, etc. :D

Just wish I already had a link to share. Well, I will soon enough, I hope!

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Aug. 7th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)

And speaking of "This Corrosion," cluegirl introduced me to Lambchop's cover of the same, and it's nothing short of amazing. If you can find it (I'd be glad to slip you a copy), it's very much worth the while. Also also? I totally dare y'all to do any or all of the above. (You had to know that was coming. :) )
Aug. 7th, 2015 08:51 pm (UTC)
There's more melodic BOC stuff on Spectres, the followup to the album Don't Fear The Reaper is on. You might like I Love The Night or Nosferatu.

Edited at 2015-08-07 08:51 pm (UTC)
Aug. 31st, 2015 02:49 pm (UTC)
I don't have a dreamwidth account, so, responding here.

Will keep a lookout for such a concert at e.g. Bachtrack . com ...

Hrm. Sinfonia: Feb. 4 2016 in Seattle (Seattle Symphony, with Beethoven & Strauss though, not Dvorak & Borodin) ; Mar. 13 2016 in London (w/ G. Ligeti & Ogonek.) Possibly other places in this season, and of course in upcoming sesaons...

As to performances of the Borodin and Dvorak, the same site lists performances of the Polovtsian Dances in London on Sept. 11, Madrid on Sept. 29, Cardiff on Oct. 3, Nottingham on Dec. 20, Montreal on Jan. 14&17, Helsinki on Mar. 23&24 (with Rachmaninoff's Spring cantata), Bad Oeynhausen Germany on April 17, Detmold on April 19 and 3 other places on 3 other dates (same program and orchestra and conductor: Dvorak B minor concerto, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov Festival overture), Budapest on May 9 (with Gliere's harp concerto and Shostakovich symphony 11 "1905"), and Malaga on June 10&11 (with La Mer (Debussy, not Gilson) and Prokofiev's Sinfonia concertante)...
Aug. 31st, 2015 03:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Concert
Wow, I hadn't realized there was such a useful website for that sort of thing - that's fabulous, and thanks for pointing it out!

I'm certainly going to bookmark the search for my state, and keep it in mind if I'm travelling. :)
Sep. 1st, 2015 01:15 am (UTC)
Taking 2 of the 3 items
and remembering as I should have that the site I mentioned doesn't really notice community orchestras well, there's at least one or two in the US that are playing the Borodin Polovtsian Dances and the Dvorak 9th in a concert sometime in 2016. (Eg http://www.chandlersymphony.net/Handbook-Concert-Dates-and-Locations.html - March 20, 2016.)
(The Curtis Institute of Music is doing the Berio on Jan. 31 2016 with Mahler's 1st and Busoni's Berceuse. Same conductor as in Seattle. Other works by Berio are getting a number of performances in the US and elsewhere this coming season also, including his "Folk Songs" in California in December and in upstate New York in April 2016. (Yes, in Ithaca, New York. :) with Dawn Upshaw, I see... Then again, you have Andris Nelsons as conductor. Good, that. I think I have one of his recordings with the Berlin Phil., or rather a broadcast of music by Heinrich Kaminski (1886-1946) (his Dorian Music, (1933?).)... (one can hear it- and other Berlin Phil. concerts- at a website called Digitalconcerthall.com by registering as a member of the site. I forget if it's free, unfortunately.) (And he is doing at least 2 concerts with Dvorak works, including what looks like a fine one with Martinu's last symphony, Dvorak's cello concerto and The Moldau from "Ma Vlast"...) I gather Boston Sym. concerts are webcast now also; I've meant to catch some of them...
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