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  • chrismolla 4:44 am on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Unexpected results of some music research 

    While working on the arrangement of GBBT, I wanted to look at some examples of uses of brass instruments to get that Boston Pops/Hollywood/Disneyschmaltz/over-the-top marchy style sound. In the course of this search I turned to an iconic American master, John Phillip Sousa. Not only was the search edifying, but I learned that one of his very very very famous marches is titled…(drum roll)… The Washington Post March. Naturally, it became imperative that the composition be quoted in the show somehow.

    You’ve heard this many times in many contexts. Like the dreaded Sherman brothers, JPS was one of the foremost earworm composers of his day. His stuff is still popular (there seems to be some kind of law requiring orchestras to play The Stars and Stripes Forever at the requisite 4th of July concert as the fireworks go off). One other funny thing I realized about this piece, however, is that I had only ever heard excerpts from it. I instantly recognized every tune in each section, but didn’t realize they were all part of the same piece until I looked at the whole thing.

    There is a great recording of The Washington Post March on You Tube of all places. When I really listened, I heard a lot of cool stuff going on in it.

    CM says check it out.

    • kimberlymj 6:20 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      yes, this has to go in somewhere! if not right at the N.D.S., then in the beginning. great find.

      • chrismolla 10:44 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It’s already in there. The up-tempo funeral recessional is based on the tune in the second half. Maybe someone will get the joke.

  • chrismolla 5:31 am on January 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Another Version of “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” 

    The whole presentation is astounding…and edifying.

    • kimberlymj 9:31 am on January 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      They sing about as beautifully as we do.

    • Jessica Faith 11:19 pm on January 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Disney’s presentation about the Pavilion (after the song) is pretty amazing…

    • chrismolla 3:43 am on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s pretty clear that the presentation is intended not for the public, but for GE executives. That thought certainly changes the tenor of Disney’s remark about the song being “written especially for you,”. Watching this, gives me an icky kind of feeling that I get when I hear super-capitalist business people talk about ideas, or discuss their ventures in terms of the public good. I can’t shake the sense that the ideas themselves don’t actually matter, except in relation to their potential for profit. That’s when I get the creeps.

      My editorial twopence.

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