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Title: Strange Music Titles
Post by: UB 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.
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Post by: knight66 on June 13, 2010, 11:14:54 AM
http://www.crashensemble.com/media.php

Mike
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Post by: Joe Barron 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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Post by: Cato 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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Post by: Brian 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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Post by: greg on June 13, 2010, 06:59:24 PM
What the Zorgenoth!
Blather Lather

even the composer doesn't know what they mean...
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Post by: springrite on June 13, 2010, 07:00:39 PM
Thirteen Ways to Describe the Rain

All My Hummingbirds Have Alibis

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Post by: Dax on June 13, 2010, 07:33:58 PM
The lonely desertman sees the tents of the happy tribes

Gyp the Blood or Hearst - which is worst?

3 Winter Potatoes
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Post by: UB 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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Post by: springrite 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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Post by: UB 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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Post by: springrite 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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Post by: greg 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!
Blather Lather

even the composer doesn't know what they mean...
These are mine...
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Post by: Joe Barron on June 14, 2010, 05:43:35 AM
Not to be forgotten: Symphony by Anton Webern.   0:)

 ;D
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Post by: Guido on June 14, 2010, 07:23:16 AM
Slugging a Vampire.
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Post by: pjme 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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Post by: listener 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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Post by: Franco 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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Post by: The Six 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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Post by: not edward on June 14, 2010, 09:28:41 AM
Has anyone ever heard Nam June Paik's Young Penis Symphony?
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Post by: The Six on June 14, 2010, 09:37:51 AM
Has anyone ever heard Nam June Paik's Young Penis Symphony?

I did, but I hear the uncut version has more feeling.
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Post by: Luke on June 14, 2010, 09:55:46 AM
 :D :D :D :D
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Post by: Luke on June 14, 2010, 10:10:55 AM
Walter Zimmermann - As a Wife Has a Cow
And there are dozens by Gavin Bryars, such as (for starters)
  - Marvellous Aphorisms Are Scattered Richly Throughout These Pages.
  - One Last Bar Then Joe Can Sing
  - Out of Zaleski's Gazebo
  - Poggioli in Zaleski's Gazebo
  - Serenely Beaming And Leaning On a Five-Barred Gate
  - The Ride Cymbal And The Band That Caused The Fire In The Sycamore Trees
  - The Squirrel And The Ricketty-Racketty Bridge
  - To Gain The Affections Of Miss Dwyer Even For One Short Minute Would Benefit Me No End
 
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Post by: UB on June 14, 2010, 10:40:00 AM
Luke I thought you had made some of those Bryars up but you didn't.

I found this one and would like to hear the opera.

"G, Being the Confession and Last Testament of Johannes Gensfleisch, also known as Gutenberg, Master Printer, formerly of Strasbourg and Mainz."

I did not know he had written a full scale opera. Has anyone heard it?
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Post by: greg on June 14, 2010, 06:09:08 PM
I like the G3 live performance of My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama...

not sure Debussy would like the first one on that list.
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Post by: mikkeljs on June 16, 2010, 08:15:26 AM
Ib Nørholm:

´Vejledning for den gyldne hamster´

which means

´Guide for (not to) the golden hamster´

and it comes from a piece of text Nørholm came across. It´s an atonal noisy piece for brass orchestra.
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Post by: Popov on June 17, 2010, 02:12:21 PM
(http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/4675/spockwin.jpg) :D

Kagel - Interview aver D. pour Monsieur Croche et Orchestre
Globokar - Hallo! Do you hear me?
Romitelli - Professor Badtrip
Mestres Quadreny - Micos i papallones (Monkeys and Butterflies)
Camarero - Instrucciones para dejarse caer al otro lado del vacío (Instructions to drop yourself onto the other side of void)
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Post by: snyprrr on June 17, 2010, 09:01:03 PM
I have decided my String Quartet will be called SUESS.

What do you think? The smoothness of the curves were to relate to the music. It is not based on the children's author, it was just the word that seemed to sum up tghe sound of an SQ I would have wanted to write.

SUESS

Iliiiike it! 8)
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Post by: not edward on June 18, 2010, 10:53:27 AM
It's certainly a strange way to spell Seuss.
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Post by: Superhorn on June 20, 2010, 04:56:37 AM
  How about this?  Janacek- Music For Indian Club Swinging.
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Post by: UB on June 21, 2010, 05:15:42 AM
On the same program with Riley's nudes....

Jonathan Nangle: our headlights blew softly into the black
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Post by: vandermolen on June 21, 2010, 11:25:08 AM
The angel on the garbage heap
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Post by: oabmarcus on June 21, 2010, 01:00:16 PM
Once when we were young, a friend of mine came to my house and told me that I was some kind of perv because i happened to have a disc of Beethoven's 3rd symphony "Erotica" lying on my bed.
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Post by: Popov on March 10, 2011, 07:20:52 AM
The first of Miguel Ángel Coria's (1937) Two Pieces for Piano is called Ravel for President. This composer is little known nowadays but he had a name in the Spanish avantgarde in the 1970-80s. Many of his shorter pieces have amusing titles such as this, Falla revisited, J'ai perdu ma plume dans le jardin de Turina or A humble proposal so that Spanish composers won't starve to death.

(http://www.elargonauta.com/static/img/54645.jpg)

It's not entirely related to the thread, but here's an amusing anecdote: in 1998 Josep Soler composed a piece inspired by Sibelius' Scene with Cranes from Kuolema, and he decided to title it "Paisaje con cráneos" (Landscape with Skulls). He thought crane meant cráneo (skull, cranium).

This proves you don't need to know English to be awarded the Spanish National Music Prize ;D
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Post by: snyprrr on March 10, 2011, 07:38:24 AM
Schnittke's piece about "all the verses filled with grief"??
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Post by: snyprrr on March 10, 2011, 07:39:38 AM
Xenakis:

Oophaa
Roscobeck
Hunem-Iduhey
Ittidra
Zythos (apparently named after beer!)

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Post by: snyprrr on March 10, 2011, 07:41:33 AM
I have decided any piece I might write is going to have a unique Title. I'm working on Titles such as:

Tkilliktikilli

Oommoeuma
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Post by: Archaic Torso of Apollo on March 10, 2011, 07:45:57 AM
Yeah I love those Xenakis titles. Like someone got their fingers caught in a typewriter!

Sallinen: Some Aspects of Hintrik Peltoniemi's Funeral March

This one mystifies me on more than one level. Why only "some" aspects - why not ALL the aspects? And who is this guy Hintrik, and why are we listening to his funeral march? And to make matters more confusing, apparently this is a string-orchestrated excerpt from a string quartet. We're not getting the whole story!

Vaughan Williams: March Past of the Kitchen Utensils

From The Wasps music, so I assume it has some explicable dramatic origin. Great title anyway.
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Post by: Grazioso on March 11, 2011, 11:38:28 AM
John Adams:

I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky
Nixon in China
Studebaker Love Music

Arvo Pärt:

Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte (If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper)
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Post by: Ten thumbs on March 17, 2011, 01:31:18 PM
I suppose Satie was the father of this kind of title. The trouble is that having let the genie out of the bottle, it is now impossible to be original in this respect. All we have is posturing.
For the record, I repeat an entry I put under humour:
A deliberate joke by Bonis: Op. 174 under the pseudonym 'Fricoto Pusslink'
Two songs under the title 'Vestiare' (Cloakroom)
1 L'éléphant
2 Championnat (Championship)
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Post by: Brian on July 19, 2021, 07:55:20 AM
Bumping a 10 year old thread!

(https://cdn.naxosmusiclibrary.com/sharedfiles/images/cds/hires/8.570421.jpg)

The Ridiculous Traveller (Il viaggiatore ridicolo)
Love in the Workplace (L'amore artigiano)
One Madman Makes Many (Un pazzo ne fa cento)
The Philosopher in Love (Il filosofo innamorato)

Gassmann died young by falling out of a carriage.
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Post by: VonStupp on July 19, 2021, 08:20:05 AM
Gassmann died young by falling out of a carriage.

Il viaggiatore ridicolo, indeed!