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« on: Apr 19, 2017, 10:08AM »

I had heard of things like this, but I hadn't seen the book before.

Great Symphonies. How to Recognize and Remember Them (1936) Sigmund Spaeth

The author has helpfully added words to all the finest symphonies so that you may now more easily distinguish them from one another.


sample:

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    From the New World, From the true world,
    This symphony is bound to be a mystery to some.


and...
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Papa Haydn wrote this tune,
    And a chord is coming soon,
    It will be a big surprise,
    Open sleepy eyes. Bang!


Also interesting is his index of composers at the back where he manages to say something nice about nearly everyone who had ever written symphonic music, even Americans like George Gershwin and William Grant Still.

He notes that "Mahler and Bruckner remain the most ambitious and least appreciated symphonic composers."



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« Reply #1 on: Apr 19, 2017, 10:34AM »

I remember one other one (maybe it's in that book too):

Mozart is locked in a closet
Let him out, let him out, let him out

(to the tune of the opening of the 40th Symphony)

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This is the Symphony
That Franz Schubert left unfinished...
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 19, 2017, 11:21AM »


I remember one other one (maybe it's in that book too):

Mozart is locked in a closet
Let him out, let him out, let him out


(to the tune of the opening of the 40th Symphony)



Official version Clever

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With a laugh and a smile like a sunbeam,
And a face that is glad, with a fun-beam

I like yours better. 

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 19, 2017, 02:21PM »

Mahler 1, first movement:

"Brevity's the soul of wit",
Mahler was well aware of it,
Still he did not know when to quit. :D
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 19, 2017, 06:49PM »

Morning is dawning
And Peer Gynt is yawning
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 19, 2017, 07:00PM »

Anybody figure out how to download the entire PDF at once?
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 20, 2017, 05:59AM »

Anybody figure out how to download the entire PDF at once?

UNZ probably wants to prevent that from being too easy. It's one thing to make information and knowledge accessible to everyone, but it's another thing to give away complete copies of publications free of charge (see: copyright, everyone who makes money from selling books, etc).

That said, it shouldn't take more than a dedicated evening or so to download and combine all the chapters into a single PDF.


(...Which I might do, because I love this idea! Just like the preface describes, I have no memory for instrumental works [and yet I'm an instrumentalist. Go figure]. But I have a special compartment of my brain dedicated to "stuff I can sing along to." I want this book handy for the next time I play with an orchestra! Maybe I can stop being the person who realizes, halfway through listening to a piece, "Wait, did I play this...? Six months ago...? I think I so...?")
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 20, 2017, 11:30PM »


That said, it shouldn't take more than a dedicated evening or so to download and combine all the chapters into a single PDF.


Yes, of course.  They have it set up so there's no way to download the PDF files with a batch download (at least no way I can find).
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