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Offline Roasted Swan

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Re: Janáček (Leoš' Lair)
« Reply #380 on: Today at 12:21:16 AM »
I think sometimes arrangements are worth it. For example, it would be good to hear an arrangement of Messiaean's Turangalia Symphony where the Ondes Martenot is replaced by a real instrument, a viola say. I once wrote to Messiaean estate, very politely, proposing this, but they didn't reply  :(

How on earth would that work?  Apart from audibility no other instrument can seamlessly transition from high to low register likes the Ondes.  But why change it in the first place - clearly the the composer wrote for that instrument.  This idea is not an "arrangement" its at best reorchestration for no apparent benefit - unless its just because you don't like the actual sound of the Ondes?

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« Reply #381 on: Today at 03:29:05 AM »
If an ondes martenot is good enough for Radiohead, it's good enough for me.
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« Reply #382 on: Today at 12:14:32 PM »
How on earth would that work?  Apart from audibility no other instrument can seamlessly transition from high to low register likes the Ondes.  But why change it in the first place - clearly the the composer wrote for that instrument.  This idea is not an "arrangement" its at best reorchestration for no apparent benefit - unless its just because you don't like the actual sound of the Ondes?
It makes me want to vomit.

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« Reply #383 on: Today at 12:40:11 PM »
It makes me want to vomit.

I can see how that might interfere with your enjoyment .. 

Personally I like the ondes martenot in Turangalila. But I do see how as an instrument it might be unpalatable to some. In the Messiaen it seems uniquely able to trigger effusions of craziness/ecstasy that just wouldn't be the same without it.

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Re: Janáček (Leoš' Lair)
« Reply #384 on: Today at 01:15:25 PM »
It makes me want to vomit.

My sentiments exactly.

How on earth would that work?  Apart from audibility no other instrument can seamlessly transition from high to low register likes the Ondes. 

How about a specially designed 10 meter long slide whistle.



Maybe it can be named a "Koechlin whistle," in the spirit of the Wagner tuba.

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It makes me want to vomit.

that I doubt

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Re: Janáček (Leoš' Lair)
« Reply #386 on: Today at 02:28:28 PM »
that I doubt

Saying it makes me want to vomit is hyperbole. It makes me want to turn the recording off, which I invariably do.