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ghost songs

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 11:58 pm
Mood: Praescutata
Now Playing: Bohuslav Martinů - The Spectre's Bride
I've been having strange great fortune and serendipity all summer. I guess the tradeoff is that the weather's been shit on most Wednesdays and because it was postponed until today, Gabriella couldn't make it.

A woman with curly hair and a skateboard and a glass pendant had the words “love yourself” and its mirror image tattooed below her clavicle.
A woman had spiderwebs tattooed all over her arms. There were hummingbirds and a bald eagle as well.
A woman as dark as obsidian had a white with black and gray and gold designs scarf covering her hair.

Two of the audience members danced with Boston Ballet.
Brahms was acquainted with many Hungarians who fled the failed Revolution of 1848.
The Juba Dance is the scherzo from Florence Price’s Symphony no. 1. It’s a bouncy syncopated melody that’s the predecessor to tap, ragtime, cakewalks brought over from the Congo. It has nothing to do with that Juba. The finale is a twirly tarantella.
She’s enjoying a bit of a revival. She’s probably the first black woman to have her music played by an orchestra, or at least, the first one to have her symphony performed. She studied at the New England Conservatory and was a private student of George Whitefield Chadwick. She moved back home to Little Rock and then to Chicago. Like everyone's favorite composer who is proof that Czech people in fact have syrinxes and not larynxes, she didn't directly quote existing songs in her symphony.

Apparently, the flamenco and flamingo similarity is a coincidence. Flamingoes are flame-colored, while flamenco has an association with Flanders. Not that Flanders, the Dutch part of Belgium. Or maybe it comes from an Arabic word or, like flamingoes, comes from an association with fire. Nobody knows.

Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo was birthed in 1914, as a commision from a flamenco artist asking to create a set of songs based on Roma folktales. Candelas loves Carmelo but is haunted by the spectre of her previous lover. She meets with a witch and her friend Lucia agrees to receive the spectre’s affections. The Spectre’s Bride is something else entirely. The Roma in Spain adopted local art forms and made them their own. It was scored by an ensemble of 15, and went through nine variations in a decade. The one we get is the 1915 performance for full orchestra. Along with actual flamenco dancers, led by a woman from Japan who fell in love with the dance and went to Spain to study.
introducción y escena
A fanfare on trumpet and strnigs and piano imitating guitars
en la cueva - la noche
Candelas sits with an old woman. Candelas believes the sound of the ocean an ill omen but the old woman tells her the sea’s sounds mean nothing.
canción del amor dolido
sung by a mezzo-soprano
el aparecido
Candelas senses a dark presence.
danza del terror
she dances with the spectre
el circulo mágico
the ghost vanishes and so Candelas goes to the cave of a witch, who tells a story about a fisherman, of innocence, of first love.
el medianoche - los sortilegios
the clock strikes midnight
danza ritual del fuego
Candelas dances to exorcise the spectre
canción del fuego fatuo
Will o’ the Wisp is called fuego fatuo, or fool’s fire, in Spain.
pantomimo
Carmelo suggests a decoy. Lucia dances with the spectre.
danza del juego de amor
Candelas heaps aspersions upon the spectre
final - las campanas del amanecer
The spectre falls for Lucia and so Carmelo and Candelas kiss as church bells herald the rising sun.

Full Circle - Jake Gunnar Walsh and Devin Ferreira
This was an effort to interpret the sounds of hip-hop as orchestral music. The shades of dancers were projected on the stage. Many of the dancers carried flags, including Germany, Nigeria, Cape Verde, the USA, Haiti, and Antigua and Barbuda, which I had to look up.
Choucoune - Anthony R. Green
A Haitian song of unrequited love.
Papa Loko - a folk song from Haiti orchestrated by Gonzalo Grau. It’s heavy on vibraphones. Papa Loko is the spirit of ceremonies and rituals and magick.
Dance of the Hours - Ponchielli.
I think we all know this, either from Camp Grenada or from the segment of Fantasia with dancing hippopotamuses (hippopotami is wrong and don’t use it; it’s Greek, like octopus. I think it would be hippopotamoi), crocodiles, elephants, and ostriches. Kamp Krusty is far worse than Camp Grenada. None of the indignities Sherman suffers include eating Krusty-brand imitation gruel and roasted pinecones, making bootleg wallets for export, or witnessing a bear eat the hat of a fellow camper. A nice hat. Not a MAGA hat.
This one was danced by the Boston Ballet.
Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 is the music used in the dueling pianos scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a movie scene which my friend Sully calls a masterpiece of animation.
Rotating and color-shifting stained glass windows were projected on the stage.

A woman from Poland says that she knows very little of Harvard Square and knows a lot about Andrew Square. A woman had green and black hair. A man who was speaking Spanish had tattoos of a skull and two women, a woman with jeweled necklaces holding a blank card and a serpent, a tribal design that I assume is Mayan-inspired.

burning question: So, we have what is basically the Monastery of Madness undermining the US goverment. What manner of hellscape is this?

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