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11 items from 2012


Orchestrating a Melody for the Woodwind Section

18 October 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | SCOREcastOnline.com | See recent SCOREcastOnline.com news »

Welcome back! Having gotten the technical part out of the way, let’s now explore the different ways in which we can have the woodwind section play our melody.

I. Anatomy Of The Woodwind Section

Woodwinds are found in an orchestra in three basic configurations :

Solo woodwinds : one of each ; 1 Flute – 1 Clarinet – 1 Oboe – 1 Bassoon Woodwinds in Pairs : two of each ; 2 Flutes – 2 Clarinets – 2 Oboes – 2 Bassoons Woodwinds in Threes : three of each ; 3 Flutes – 3 Clarinets – 3 Oboes – 3 Bassoons

However, many woodwind players are proficient in more than one instrument of the same family (e.g. flutes, clarinets, bassoons etc) and can be asked to double on another instrument if the orchestration calls for it. For example, a flutist can be asked to double on the piccolo at some point during the orchestration (provided that a flute is not required at the same time!). When there are more than one of each instrument available, »

- Stellita Loukas

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Disney's 'Fantasia' Footage to Get Live London Philharmonic Orchestra Accompaniment

2 October 2012 8:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- The London Philharmonic Orchestra is to showcase a selection of music from Walt Disney’s original Fantasia and Disney’s Fantasia 2000 at the Royal Albert Hall complete with extracts from the films in high definition. The one off concert, billed as a U.K. premiere of the animation footage and symphonic music is scheduled for Oct. 21. The show will include a selection of the repertoire from the original 1940 version of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 including Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The music will be performed live while iconic moments from Disney’s footage -- including Mickey

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- Stuart Kemp

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American Composers Declare Independence from Europe

3 July 2012 10:43 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

When I was growing up, New York 's best (now long-defunct) classical radio station, Wncn, played only American composers' music each Fourth of July. With the classical world dominated by Europeans, this was a welcome and educational corrective. In the history of American music, independence wasn't achieved until the 20th century; 19th century composers such as John Knowles Paine and George Whitefield Chadwick studied in Europe and blatantly imitated European models. Listening to their music "blind," few would guess they were Americans. There was Revolutionary War-era vocal writer William Billings, but his originality was more a lack of proper technique. Continuing Wncn's tradition, here's a look at true American classical. music. 

There is a bit of chauvinism in this article, as "American" here refers not to all the Americas (North, Central, and South) but rather the colloquial usage in the United States to mean that country's residents (hence, the Mexican Carlos Chavez, »

- SteveHoltje

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The 50 greatest matte paintings of all time

27 May 2012 5:35 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The art of the glass shot or matte painting is one which originated very much in the early ‘teens’ of the silent era. Pioneer film maker, director, cameraman and visual effects inventor Norman Dawn is generally acknowledged as the father of the painted matte composite, with other visionary film makers such as Ferdinand Pinney Earle, Walter Hall and Walter Percy Day being heralded as making vast contributions to the trick process in the early 1920’s.

Boiled down, the matte process is one whereby a limited film set may be extended to whatever, or wherever the director’s imagination dictates with the employment of a matte artist. In it’s most pure form, the artist would set up a large plate of clear glass in front of the motion picture camera upon which he would carefully paint in new scenery an ornate period ceiling, snow capped mountains, a Gothic castle or even an alien world. »

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Spring Classical Review Roundup

23 April 2012 9:17 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Bertrand Chamayou Liszt: Anneés de Pèlerinage (Naïve)

The musical harvest of last year’s Liszt bicentennial continues even now; this young French pianist (who already, six years ago, gave us an excellent cycle of the Transcendental Etudes) celebrated it by presenting this mighty collection, which amounts to three cycles, in single concerts and then recording this three-cd set. For decades Lazar Berman’s set for Deutsche Grammophon has set the standard in this repertoire for an integral set, but Chamayou equals it.  

Berman’s primary assets, besides his sterling technical skills, are the fiery drama and monumental breadth with which he infused these mighty works. His total time for all three cycles is nearly 26 minutes longer than Chamayou's. The Frenchman by contrast leans towards the music's poetic side and plays with a lighter touch, though when the occasion demands power (the climaxes of "Sposalizio" and "Apres une lecture du Dante »

- SteveHoltje

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Watch: New Teaser For Season 3 Of 'Louie' Pays Tribute To Woody Allen's 'Manhattan'

18 April 2012 8:26 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If cable has proven to be a boon to dramatic storytelling, that is no less true for comedies as well. Shows like "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" or the unjustly cancelled "Bored To Death" deliver the kind of irreverance and wit you're just not going to see on network broadcasting. HBO's newly unveiled "Girls" is a further example of funny material that moves away from standard sitcom tropes and as fans of Louis C.K. already know, he's been delivering the goods with "Louie" for two seasons already.

This summer, a new batch of episodes are on the way with "Louie" heading into its third season, and to kick things off a lovely teaser has arrived paying tribute to Woody Allen's glorious opening montage in "Manhattan." While Louie doesn't pontificate on the wonders and awe of the Big Apple, it does deliver a score that is close to, but not quite, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Teaser For Season 3 Of 'Louie' Pays Tribute To Woody Allen's 'Manhattan'

18 April 2012 8:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If cable has proven to be a boon to dramatic storytelling, that is no less true for comedies as well. Shows like "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" or the unjustly cancelled "Bored To Death" deliver the kind of irreverance and wit you're just not going to see on network broadcasting. HBO's newly unveiled "Girls" is a further example of funny material that moves away from standard sitcom tropes and as fans of Louis C.K. already know, he's been delivering the goods with "Louie" for two seasons already. This summer, a new batch of episodes are on the way with "Louie" heading into its third season, and to kick things off a lovely teaser has arrived paying tribute to Woody Allen's glorious opening montage in "Manhattan." While Louie doesn't pontificate on the wonders and awe of the Big Apple, it does deliver a score that is close to, but not quite, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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When Orchestras Go Off the Deep End

27 March 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Everett A scene from “Rhapsody in Blue,” 1945.

Some sounds come at you through your innards before they reach your ears. Like the subway rumble half felt underfoot on a Manhattan street, certain instruments announce themselves first as a physical sensation: a low timpani roll, a pulsating tuba beat, a quiet sustained tremolo note in the double basses.

On April 1, Yale in New York, an innovative concert series curated by clarinetist David Shifrin, celebrates the multi-faceted repertoire of works written for low instruments. »

- Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

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Watch: Unreleased Documentary 'The Sweatbox' About The Troubled Production Of Disney's 'The Emperor's New Groove'

23 March 2012 7:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Though they end up on screen as cheery, bright eyed films for the whole family to enjoy, the truth is that behind the scenes, bringing an animated film to life is an arduous, exhausting journey. Freed from the constraints and demands of live action filmmaking in which you have a set script and a short window of time to make it happen, animation studios will routinely spend months and years developing, tweaking, editing and refining a project before voicework and production begins. But few films faced when Disney went through on 2000's "The Emperor's New Groove."

You can find a more detailed version of what happened with a quick Google search, but we'll give you the condensed version. Originally planned to be a musical entitled "The Kingdom Of The Sun," the film had Roger Allers ("The Lion King") directing with Sting contributing six songs, in what was an Incan retelling »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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2012 Grammy winner list: Adele, Foo Fighters win big

12 February 2012 8:22 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

It truly is the Year of Adele, as the British singer took home every Grammy she was for which she was nominated, totaling six wins altogether, including Album, Record and Song of the Year. Foo Fighters were second for total wins, with five, followed by the absent Kanye West with four wins.

The complete list of winners:

Album Of The Year:

21 -- Adele

Wasting Light -- Foo Fighters

Born This Way -- Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans -- Bruno Mars

Loud -- Rihanna

Record Of The Year:

"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele

"Holocene" -- Bon Iver

"Grenade" -- Bruno Mars

"The Cave" -- Mumford & Sons

"Firework" -- Katy Perry

Best New Artist: (artist/producer)

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

Song Of The Year: (songwriter)

"All Of The Lights" -- Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters

(Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Interview: Writer/director Tom McCarthy on Wall Street, cinematic economy and ‘Win Win’

9 January 2012 11:59 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

New York - There’s something oddly perfect about meeting “Win Win” writer/director Tom McCarthy in a small café in Chinatown with Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue” playing in the background. (Though that would feel slightly less charming when transcribing the interview weeks later.) Firstly, it is the last sort of place one would imagine either McCarthy’s writing partner, Joe Tiboni, or their central protagonist, Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), to turn up. In fact, McCarthy recalls that Tiboni’s daily, cyclical routine consists of his self-described “triangle of death” from home to Dunkin’ Donuts to work and back again. Secondly, it's difficult to not enjoy the »

- Roth Cornet

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