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International Strange Music Day (August 24)
« on: August 24, 2019, 08:56:34 AM »
August 24 is International Strange Music Day, created in 1998 by composer Patrick Grant. The purpose is to encourage listening to unfamiliar works, or those outside of your comfort zone.

I am celebrating with Cathy Berberian singing her 1966 composition, Stripsody. (OK, granted, for some, this is not that strange. ;D) Here it is, with the score.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmPbyyZwh4s

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Re: International Strange Music Day (August 24)
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2019, 07:45:34 AM »
Wish I had known yesterday! I did accidentally celebrate by going to a concert from New Orleans' wonderful Rebirth Brass Band, and their opening act was a very strange band fronted by the kind of guy Hugh Grant used to portray in the 90s, who sang songs like "Don't Call Me, I'll Call You" and an unintentionally hilarious paean to world peace with lyrics like "All the changes in the world today / There has to be a better way."  ???

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Re: International Strange Music Day (August 24)
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2019, 10:32:43 AM »
Time to hear some Jandek?

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Re: International Strange Music Day (August 24)
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2019, 10:38:31 AM »
August 24 is International Strange Music Day, created in 1998 by composer Patrick Grant. The purpose is to encourage listening to unfamiliar works, or those outside of your comfort zone.

I am celebrating with Cathy Berberian singing her 1966 composition, Stripsody. (OK, granted, for some, this is not that strange. ;D) Here it is, with the score.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmPbyyZwh4s

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I should have thought that for you unfamiliar and outside your comfort zone would be, say, Boccherini or Henri Herz rather than anything post-WWII.  :laugh:
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Re: International Strange Music Day (August 24)
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2019, 04:59:01 PM »
I should have thought that for you unfamiliar and outside your comfort zone would be, say, Boccherini or Henri Herz rather than anything post-WWII.  :laugh:

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Re: International Strange Music Day (August 24)
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2019, 06:19:37 PM »
Wish I had known yesterday! I did accidentally celebrate by going to a concert from New Orleans' wonderful Rebirth Brass Band, and their opening act was a very strange band fronted by the kind of guy Hugh Grant used to portray in the 90s, who sang songs like "Don't Call Me, I'll Call You" and an unintentionally hilarious paean to world peace with lyrics like "All the changes in the world today / There has to be a better way."  ???

Love Rebirth! Have seen them in New Orleans and have a number of their recordings.

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Re: International Strange Music Day (August 24)
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2019, 06:25:33 PM »
I should have thought that for you unfamiliar and outside your comfort zone would be, say, Boccherini or Henri Herz rather than anything post-WWII.  :laugh:

Well, that would be an eminently logical assumption!   ;D

(Now scurrying to bone up on Boccherini.)

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