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Strange Music Titles
« on: June 13, 2010, 09:46:40 AM »
Terry Riley: Ancient Giant Hairy Nude Warriors Racing Down the Slopes of Battle

I have not heard yet heard this work - it is on this week's Hear and Now on R3 - but the title made me laugh and wonder what the music might sound like! It got me thinking about other titles of actual pieces of music that there might be out there and what your favorite might be.
I am not in the entertainment business. Harrison Birtwistle 2010

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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2010, 11:14:54 AM »
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2010, 03:20:26 PM »
From Hanover Square North at the End of  a Tragic Day, The Voice of the People Again Arose - Charles Ives

Central Park in the Dark in the Good Old Summer Time (a Contemplation of Nothing Serious) - Also Ives

Get Whitey - Frank Zappa. One of his classical pieces. Title refers to the white keys on the piano.
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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2010, 04:03:21 PM »
Angular Whimsies (Heavy Paint Manipulation).
 Lunar Glare
Heedless Watermelon
 

by Karl Henning

Not to be forgotten: Symphony by Anton Webern.   0:)

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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2010, 06:55:20 PM »
"Amok! A composer explodes!" is part of a Langgaard symphony. And, according to Naxos' translators, one of the arias in Borodin's Prince Igor is, "I don't like boredom."

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2010, 06:59:24 PM »
What the Zorgenoth!
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even the composer doesn't know what they mean...

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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2010, 07:00:39 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2010, 07:33:58 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2010, 08:40:15 PM »
How about putting the name of the composer so we know you are not just making them up ... except of course Karl who we know just made them up.

Is that Heedless Watermelon or Headless Watermelon, Karl?
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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2010, 09:04:00 PM »
How about putting the name of the composer so we know you are not just making them up ... except of course Karl who we know just made them up.

Is that Heedless Watermelon or Headless Watermelon, Karl?

I think it was Waterless Headmelon.

Mine were by Eisler and Morton Subotnick.
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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2010, 09:34:25 PM »
Schafer - No longer than 10 minutes. To show you how much orchestras pay attention to composer's wishes my recording by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is almost 12 minutes long!
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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2010, 09:47:52 PM »
Schafer - No longer than 10 minutes. To show you how much orchestras pay attention to composer's wishes my recording by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is almost 12 minutes long!

Well, if it's anything like The Minute Waltz, it just can't be done with reasonable accuracy.   ;)
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2010, 03:38:38 AM »
Schafer - No longer than 10 minutes. To show you how much orchestras pay attention to composer's wishes my recording by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is almost 12 minutes long!
Ha!


How about putting the name of the composer so we know you are not just making them up ... except of course Karl who we know just made them up.
What the Zorgenoth!
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even the composer doesn't know what they mean...
These are mine...

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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2010, 05:43:35 AM »
Not to be forgotten: Symphony by Anton Webern.   0:)

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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2010, 07:23:16 AM »
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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2010, 07:40:08 AM »
Karel Goeyvaerts:

... Erst das Gesicht... Dann die Hände... und zuletzt erst das haar..., 1978
oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and string quintet
(At first the face, then the hands and atlast only the hair)

After-Shave, 1981
violin, flute and harpsichord

Honneurs funèbres à la tête musicale d'Orphée, 1978
Ondes Martenot sextet
(Funeral honnors to the musical head of Orpheus)

La vie quotidienne des Aztèques, 1979
Narrator and small percussion group
( Everyday life of the Aztecks)
Quatorze saintes quintes avec leurs auréoles, 1986
zheng with 21 strings - met. percussion


Luc Brewaeys
Aouellaouellaouelle!, 1988
violin and piano
( this can be translated as well,well,well)
P.


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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2010, 08:44:39 AM »
Charles IVES:  Some South-Paw Pitching
                      The Anti-Abolitionist Riots    both piano pieces
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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2010, 09:03:14 AM »
The composer who first tickled me with his titles was Erik Satie

Flabby preludes for a Dog (Préludes flasques pour un chien)
Unpleasant glimpses (Aperçus désagréables), 3 pieces for piano 4-hands
3 pieces in the form of a pear (3 Morceaux en forme de poire), for piano 4-hands
Cold Pieces (6 Pièces froides)
3 Distinguished waltzes of a disgusted dandy (3 valses distinguées du précieux dégoûté)
Tiresome Peccadilloes (Peccadilles importunes)

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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2010, 09:25:06 AM »
Messiaen's Joy of the blood of the stars will always be one of my favorites.

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Re: Strange Music Titles
« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2010, 09:28:41 AM »
Has anyone ever heard Nam June Paik's Young Penis Symphony?
"I don't at all mind actively disliking a piece of contemporary music, but in order to feel happy about it I must consciously understand why I dislike it. Otherwise it remains in my mind as unfinished business."
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