July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

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July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:43 am

Star-Spangled Banner :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIDEPnZfG-w ( Godowsky version ,Laurent Wagschal pianist )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8KQQdEdXVM ( Rachmaninoff pianist )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I02B8JMnbJI (Horowitz at White House, at about 5:00 in )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1taQl-wOmo ( Stravinsky’s , for orchestra )

Stars and Stripes Forever:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3i1mVkqI34 ( Horowitz )

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Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by John F » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:54 am

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Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:05 pm

John F wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:54 am
At 1:40:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A22taZUZ1hQ

Thanks. The 8 piano version of same:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlCTl8U5bk0

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Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by John F » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:33 pm

That sure is a lot of noise! :D But Jeanne Behrend's recording with just one piano and two hands (on the MGM label) is actually more impressive as a virtuoso tour de force, I think. Indeed, she deliberately exaggerates the virtuoso aspect, way over the top. I love it!
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Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:01 pm

John F wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:33 pm
That sure is a lot of noise! :D But Jeanne Behrend's recording with just one piano and two hands (on the MGM label) is actually more impressive as a virtuoso tour de force, I think. Indeed, she deliberately exaggerates the virtuoso aspect, way over the top. I love it!
Agreed.

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Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by Belle » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:10 pm

What a great tune is 'Stars and Stripes Forever'!!! Well, they both are excellent tunes. My favourite national anthems are Germany and France. And, of course, the former pinched theirs from Austria!! When we went to mass at Stephansdom we sat right next to that organ, with the orchestra just a few feet away. Joy!!

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

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Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by Rach3 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:31 pm

Belle wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:10 pm
What a great tune is 'Stars and Stripes Forever'!!! Well, they both are excellent tunes. My favourite national anthems are Germany and France.
I have felt the French should be the main theme from Saint - Seans’ 4th PC.

Forgive my ignorance and parochialism, but Australia’s ?

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Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by barney » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:52 pm

Australia's national anthem has been quite controversial, especially with the nation's first people (Aborigines) for claiming we are young and free.
It is Advance Australia Fair. It was made the national anthem only in 1984 (when it replaced God Save the Queen), though it had been around as a patriotic song for a century by then. Unusually for a national anthem, it contains no reference to God. I love Australia, but do not esteem its anthem.

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Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by John F » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:27 pm

And then there's this:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U40OIESDwlU

Both the National Emblem March (not by Sousa) and The Stars and Stripes Forever have lyrics that every American child knows but our Australian friends may not. National Emblem: "And the monkey wrapped his tail around the flagpole." Stars and Stripes: "Be kind to your web-footed friends." Is nothing sacred? Probably.

I thought the Australian national anthem was "Waltzing Matilda." Maybe it ought to be.
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Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by Belle » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:33 pm

I do definitely know about our 'web-footed friends'. That was a joke going back many many decades!! I learned how to type hearing "American Patrol" at technical college in 1967. We had to cover the typewriters with cardboard and type the script given to the rhythms of "American Patrol". Then at the end a voice would say "carriage return", then the bell would sound on the typewriter. It was hilarious and I learned to type at nearly 100 wpm from doing that (though this speed was on an IBM "Golfball" typewriter, later). It has served me very well with copy typing ever since.

This also reminds me of that experience:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW8dGwa2zRw

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Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by John F » Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:31 am

Belle wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:33 pm
This also reminds me of that experience:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW8dGwa2zRw
Leroy Anderson's tunes were constantly on the radio when I was growing up, and at least two made the top of the charts: "Blue Tango" and "Sleigh Ride." He was the American master of the genre which the Brits call light music, meaning short appealing pieces for orchestra, about 4 minutes long to fit on one side of a 78 rp record, often with an extramusical angle or gimmick, such as your "The Typewriter." Later, others provided words for some of the most popular numbers, but they were originally for orchestra only. Anderson wrote most of these for Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and I've read that he also made Pops arrangements of others' popular songs for Fiedler.

A characteristic British piece of light music is "Coronation Scot" by Vivian Ellis, named for and imitating the sounds of the express train of that name.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT7kbyVF-qE

The rise of rock 'n' roll, supplanting traditional pop music, put an end to light music in the US and eventually the UK. Too bad.
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Re: July 4 - Recordings of National Anthem

Post by Belle » Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:05 am

Absolutely delicious.

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