A modest title for a piece with modest pretentions
February 26, 2012 11:51 PM   Subscribe

Got 12 minutes to spare? Then feel free to brush up on the evolution of the last 400 years of Classical music by enjoying this video of Paul Drayton's "Masterpiece".
posted by MattMangels (9 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I was hoping they'd mention Hindemith, but they fit in Stockhausen, so I'm impressed. This was pretty great.
posted by koeselitz at 12:12 AM on February 27, 2012

That was impressive. Thanks for sharing. (It also won me points with Mr. Brambory who had to concede that metafilter giveth pleasure as well as consumeth my time and stirreth outrage).
posted by brambory at 1:55 AM on February 27, 2012

That bit about Cage just killed me.
posted by timelord at 2:36 AM on February 27, 2012 [2 favorites]

That was very enjoyable. I kept hoping, though, that they would break out into "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt"
posted by chavenet at 5:04 AM on February 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

When life and music intertwine beautiful things happen. They hit the nail on the head with the Cage sum up!
posted by Meatafoecure at 5:47 AM on February 27, 2012

Hmm. Apparently 95% of all classical music over the last 400 years has been written by Germans. :/
posted by slkinsey at 7:25 AM on February 27, 2012

Well not that much, slkinsey. Mozart was Austrian. And there was Frenchman Debussy too. It just occurred to me that while this piece truly is a masterpiece it is regrettably low on Russsians (I'm thinking Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Glazunov, etc.), although I did hear Borodin's name at one point.
posted by MattMangels at 3:23 PM on February 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh and maybe it's just me, koeslitz, but Paul Hindemith is one of the only composers whose work I have listened to that I did not find at least some kind of redeeming quality in. I'd much rather have Messiaen :).
posted by MattMangels at 3:30 PM on February 27, 2012

There were a couple of sections there where they went through a LOT of names. (Either side of WAAAAAAAAAGNER.) Could make out very few names. Need a lyrics sheet.

Re Messian v Hindemith: other way around for me. But not by much. Cage beats 12-tone, only because he's quiet a lot.
posted by Twang at 10:34 PM on February 28, 2012

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