Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bowden's very British-sounding Trumpet Tune

Charles Higgs plays Atlanta composer Nicholas Bowden’s Trumpet Tune in D-flat Major.

The piece sounds very British to me, almost like an Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March.
Lon Scrhreiber played it as a postlude Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Washington DC. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

An interesting concert overture (or "Symphonic Prelude") attributed to Anton Bruckner

Here’s curious piece: a Symphonic Prelude in C Minor, 7 minutes long, conducted by Neeme Jarvi with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, believed to be composed by Anton Bruckner as a young man in his 20s.  Already it has the daring chromaticism of his later works, and outlines his compositional output.

However brief, this piece is a complex Sonata structure with three themes (like the symphonies) anticipating motives in his symphonies.

The piece is paired on a Chandos CD with the Mahler Symphony #6 in A Minor.  I have two recordings of that work, an RCA record with Leinsdorf from the late 1960s, and a Sony CD with Maazel (paired with #7). I’ll come back to this work later, but it didn’t become respectable until Bernstein started playing it in the 1960s. When I was in the Army at Fort Eustis in 1969, one of the other guys (from Berkeley) was familiar with the work. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

An audience participation movie in Gatlinburg

I’ll write a little blurb about this attraction in Gatlinburg TN as a “stage” event, maybe because I don’t have a recent post here.  It’s the “Shoot ‘em’ Up Cinema”, where people mount a mechanical horse, take a six-shooter, put on VT 3-D glasses, and ride through a movie experience where they can shoot outlaws.

The attraction now describes itself as 7-D.   I know that the Newseum in Washington has 4-D – I think odor, earthquake, maybe moisture count.

It was an interesting experience, to see how well the commercial part of Gatlinburg has recovered from the surrounding wildfire of Nov. 2017.

Nearby Pigeon Forge has a lot of “model world” attractions, like a replica of the Titanic and a model of Hollywood (like a little Vegas).