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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Musical Interlude

(For politics, please scroll down)

[about Baroque composer Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682 – 1738), whose Fanfare-Rondeau is used as the theme music for Masterpiece Theatre]


  1. AHA! I used to play the Fanfare Rondeau as a Postlude in church, though I didn't even know it was called that at the time. In fact I didn't even know Mouret composed it. I reconstructed it by ear (not very hard if you've been well trained in harmony, counterpoint and music dictation) and played it very well. It sounds quite "Handelian" so I knew it would seem perfectly appropriate. What I did NOT expect was that NO ONE –– not even the members of my CHOIR –– recognized it for what it was.

    I found that disheartening.

    I realized then that I could play "How're Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down On the Farm After They've Seen Paree" or "How could You Believe M When I Said I Loved You, When You Know I've been a Liar All My Life?" and no ine would have noticed THAT either.

    Yes, it's funny, but it's also extremely depressing to someone who has had a superior musical education and a strong desire to excel in the field.

    Anyway, thanks for this –– and your other attempts to interest people in extraordinary music and other things not connected to the perpetual Nauseous Headache of POLITICS.

    1. FT,
      I'm discovering a lot great music through certain YouTube subscriptions. When this selection arrived to my inbox, I just knew that I had to post this beautiful piece. I'd heard it many times before, but never knew the name of the composer.

      How much forgotten music awaits us -- if only we take the time to search for it!

    2. PS: Politics all the time is the road to an early death by stress.

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    1. Z
      It IS lovely, isn't it? Perfect for a Sunday respite.


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