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Unsettling rhythms and shifting keys...

Hiya. This is a musicking post because I MISS WRITING ABOUT MUSIC DAMMIT! Um, don't kill me, Stephen. :P
So all you non-musicking peoples can, um, go look at this instead and enjoy the kindof precursor to Monty Python:
Hey, but no avoiding it -- they have the talented Dudley Moore in their group, and if you click enough, you will end up back at... that's right, classical music. But what else did you expect from me? ;)

Just listening carefully to Dvorak's American Quartet, and I noticed far more than I ever have before that it contains a number of unsettling and fascinating things within it, that I think mostly hide under the surface.
Some examples...
(Nah, I'm not going to link you to YouTube videos, because a precursory glance made me wince. Go find your favourite yourself. I was listening to the Prague Qtet on my iTunes. Anyways...)

2nd movement: at around 6:14ish, the cello starts playing the main line, but there are two notes underneath played by the rest of the quartet that do not match the rhythm at all. Combined with the vascillation between pizz and bowed for each repetition of the two notes, and the fact that just as the cello is about to reach the end of the melody and resolve as we've heard so many times throughout this movement, it doesn't and instead goes into a disconcerting stasis on a held note while the other three players shift underneath and then finally resolve, that means this part is really rather upsetting.

3rd mvmnt: Can someone please tell me why at around 2:05ish I suddenly feel like we are listening to ancient music? Then there's a cool cello part afterwards. *grin*

4th movement: all right, nothing to do with anything, but right after the start, the quartet TURNS INTO A TRAIN! :D so cool! Go listen to the cello part and you'll see what I mean. :)

All right, that's my very anticlimactic musing for the day. Next time maybe I'll look at the Dvorak cello concerto and be motivated to go more in depth (I can hear your cries of joy, I'm sure).


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Dec. 9th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
"They're very hard to lose, trains."
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