Month: July 2020

ITL #6: Remembering Ennio Morricone

Chris and Sridhar honor the passing of the legendary composer Ennio Morricone. They discuss the iconic status of his film scores, his gifts as a melodist, his use of non-orchestral instruments, his role in the evolution of Hollywood music, and his passion for chess.

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Ennio Morricone: wikipedia

Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” on Netflix

Watch “Cinema Paradiso” on Amazon

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” soundtrack

“Cinema Paradiso” soundtrack

“The Hateful Eight” soundtrack

“The Battle of Algiers” soundtrack

“Django Unchained” soundtrack

Morricone receiving an Honorary Oscar

Morricone wins Best Original Score for “The Hateful Eight”

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” standoff

“Ecstasy of Gold” on theremin & voice

Moog synthesizer

Vladimir Nabokov’s index cards

Tom Hanks does a Clint Eastwood impression

Il Gruppo (Morricone’s avant-garde composers collective)

Morricone plays trumpet

“If This is a Man”: Holocaust memoir by Primo Levi

Primo Levi

“If This is a Man” music by Morricone

Yo-Yo Ma’s tribute to Morricone

“Yo-Yo Ma plays Ennio Morricone” album

Morricone’s Paris Review interview about chess

Janos Starker: Cellist, Artist, Teacher

Leonhard Euler: wikipedia

Euler’s Speculum Musicum

Tonnetz: wikipedia

What the Heck is Neo-Riemannian Analysis? – video explanation by 12tone

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ITL #5: What is American Music?

Chris and Sridhar celebrate the Fourth of July by asking: what makes American music American? They discuss 19th century American music, jazz as the quintessential American art form, George Gershwin, the universality of West Side Story, Dvořák in the New World, the American landscape reflected in its music, California as the creative capital of the world, and (regrettably) John Philip S***a.

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Leonard Bernstein: What is American Music?

Ken Burns: Jazz

George “Jazz in a Tux” Gershwin

Nadia Boulanger: teacher extraordinaire

Gershwin plays his Three Preludes

LA Philharmonic & Gustavo Dudamel: Gershwin’s Cuban Overture & An American in Paris

Leonard Bernstein plays & conducts Rhapsody in Blue

West Side Story synopsis

West Side Story lyrics

West Side Story movie on Amazon

Officer Krupke


Pyramus and Thisbe

Verdi: Bella figlia dell’amore from Rigoletto

Benjamin Britten: Storm Interlude from Peter Grimes

Jerry Robbins behind the scenes of West Side Story

The Making of West Side Story documentary

Antonín Dvořák

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

Paul Robeson: Going Home

Aaron Copland

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Copland: Duo for Flute & Piano

Ken Burns: The National Parks – America’s Best Idea

Grizzly Man soundtrack

Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner

Copland: Piano Variations

Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed

Arnold Schoenberg’s Los Angeles

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