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Incidentally Speaking

For as long as art forms such as theatre, ballet, and other entertainments have graced the stage, composers have been there to enhance the dramatic action through music. This week Bill explores some of the not-so-incidental music that has resulted.

 
Program 1

Incidental music is sounds written for plays and visual art forms. Join Bill as he ventures into this exciting world of coexsisting senses; in this first installment of Incidentally Speaking.

Strauss: The Fencing Master fr. Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
(excerpt)

CSO/Reiner
RCA 68637
1:19

Mozart: Thamos, Koenig in Aegypten, K. 345 (excerpts)
Sinfonia Varsovia/Krivine
Denon 75372
16:55                                        

Sibelius: Pelléas et Méllisande, Op. 46
Berlin Philharmonic/Karajan
DG 410 026
31:24

Nielsen: The Fog is Lifting
Galway, fl.; Williams, hp.
RCA 21296
2:10

Program 2

A commissioned piece by Gabriel Fauré is explored. Travel with Bill in the second program of Incidentally Speaking; a journey of dramatic incidental music.

Fauré:  Pelleás et Mélisande Suite
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner
Argo 410552
16:57

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61: Overture & Incidental Music
BSO & Tanglewood Festival Chorus/Ozawa; Battle, s.; von
Stade, ms.; Dench, nar.
DG 439 897
11:52 & 21:03

Program 3

From the ledgend of the Gordian Knot to the curse of Macbeth, Bill uncovers the incredible tunes of incidental music. Let your imagination run wild during the third piece of Incidentally Speaking.

Purcell: Music from The Gordian Knot Unty’d, Z. 597
La Stravaganza Köln
Denon 81757 9250 2
12:40

Sullivan: Macbeth (excerpts)
Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra & Ireland National Chamber Choir/Penny
Marco Polo 8.223635
15:25                                                                                                            

Elgar: The Starlight Express, Op. 78 (excerpts)
LPO/Handley; Masterson, s.; Hammon-Stroud, bar.
EMI 69891                                               
23:10

Program 4

"Music written for the atmospheric effect or to accompany action in a play," Grove's Dictionary discribes incidental music. More throughly examined in this fourth segment of Incidentally Speaking. Listen to Bill as he guides you though the A, B and Debussy's of incidental music

Anon: Folias Antiguas (excerpt)
Hesperion XXI/Savall
Alia Vox
1:07

Beethoven: Overture & Incidental Music to Egmont
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/Davies; Gessendorf, s.
EMI 49927
7:29, 13:15                        

Debussy: Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (excerpts)
New York Phil. & Choral Arts Society of New York/Bernstein;
Weaver, Montealegre, Addison, Babikian, Kleinman &
Simon, soloists.
Sony 60596
25:59

Program 5

In the epilogue of Incidentally Speaking series, Bill packs in drama and romance for the incidental music lover.

De La Halle: Robin m’aime
Les Menestriers Picards
Calliope 9512                                           
1:48

Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (excerpts)
Le Concert des Nations/Savall
Alia Vox 9807              
:46, 8:14                                                                                           

Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Op. 60 (excerpts)
CSO/Reiner  
RCA 68637
:23, 20:35

Gianono: Small Craft Warnings
unreleased
3:15        

Gianono: Ethereal Trumpet fr. A Very Slippery Slope
Drewes, tpt.                                  
unreleased
2:27                                                                                                

Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op. 23 (excerpts)
Oslo Philharmonic/Salonen; Hendricks, s.
CBS 44528
10:17

 

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