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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.
Purcell: Music from The Gordian Knot Unty’d, Z. 597
La Stravaganza Köln
Denon 81757 9250 2
Sullivan: Macbeth (excerpts)
Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra & Ireland National Chamber Choir/Penny
Marco Polo 8.223635
Elgar: The Starlight Express, Op. 78 (excerpts)
LPO/Handley; Masterson, s.; Hammon-Stroud, bar.
"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
Gianono: Ethereal Trumpet fr. A Very Slippery Slope
Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op. 23 (excerpts)
Oslo Philharmonic/Salonen; Hendricks, s.
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