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I have convinced children that homeless people are werewolves
This is an AWESOME idea! I must start doing this. The last one I did was convinced a kid that if they put their hand over their nose like a polar bear, they were invisible. That led to some excellent moments.
(I don't have kids, so take the opportunity to mess around with their heads whenever I can. LOL)
This weeks choice for song of the week was hard!
I've been listening to classical music a lot and there were really multiple contestants for song of the week.
Khachaturian's Sabre Dance is an uptempo piece with lots of percussion. It's from the ballet Gayaneh[^] which has pretty amazing music (never seen the actual dance).
This particular song has been a favorite since my early childhood as it was used on a cassette tape with (fairy) tales I used to listen to a lot (this song was used in "Treasure Island").
I don't think Tom and Jerry ever featured classical music... What I remember from it is jazz
That, by the way, is not Mussorgsky's Great Gate but Ravel's. Mussorgsky's version was for solo piano
I never knew!
I've never actually seen it listed as Ravel, but Googling for "Pictures... Ravel" does turn up some results.
Checked out the original piano version and then I remembered I don't actually like piano-only music (with some exceptions).
So thanks Ravel for actually making listenable music from Mussorgsky's compositions
Now please tell me Ravel's Bolero (also a contender for this week's song of the week) isn't actually Mussorgsky's
I'm just going to keep on bookmark these posts you make, so I can listen to it when I come home.
Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain is also very interesting. I was first exposed to it in my early childhood by Disney - the Chernobog[^] clip. But later upon rediscovery, I went to check out more of his music. He had some interesting ideas, thanks for reminding me of his existence.
Mussorgsky wrote the 'toon' yes but what you heard in Fantasia and all you'll ever hear in the modern concert repertoire is Rimsky-Korsakov's reworking. We simply have no way of knowing how much, if any of it, can reliably be said to belong to Mussorgsky.