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Today in WMH: The Sounds of Architecture

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2/22 Today in Weird Music History: 1939: Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos traces a slice of the New York architecture onto graph paper and creates the piece, New York Skyline Melody.  He would later do the same for his Symphony No. 6, using mountains. Here’s a video clip of this interesting and surprisingly listenable piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odjN9-xdTd4

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3 Comments

  1. shoreacres says:

    Really quite delightful. And I loved hearing the xylophone (or marimba, perhaps?), which recalled Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”.

    • rlbaldwin2 says:

      Xylophone. And yes, it is close enough that if not an veiled quote, then certainly an homage to Gershwin, New York’s quintessential voice of the times. Interestingly, Gershwin studied with Schillinger while he was composing Porgy and Bess, so the influences are not a far reach on many levels!

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