Classical (Not Classic) Blues

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  1. paparaptor

    paparaptor Central Scrutinizer
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    When I'm doing barn chores, we always have the stereo (yes, I put a sound system in the barn) tuned to either a local classical station or an independent classic rock station. The stereo runs 24/7 and we always have the classical station on overnight. It keeps the horses calm and masks most of the road noise close to the barn.

    Today while doing barn chores, I heard a classical piece I've never heard before, so I listened intently to hear what was said about it. It's called Afro-American Symphony No.1, written by William Grant Still (in the 1930's I think). I've never heard a piece of classical music start around a 12 bar blues progression, but this one does.

    I'll listen to this more than once.
    https://youtu.be/8hzFcm6HCeI
     
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  2. leftymike01

    leftymike01 Blues Newbie

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    paparaptor
    Thinks for sharing way cool, William Grant Still (May 11, 1895 – December 3, 1978) was an American composer of more than 150 works, including five symphonies and eight operas. Often referred to as "the Dean" of African-American composers, Still was the first American composer to have an opera produced by the New York City Opera.
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  3. tommytubetone

    tommytubetone Portage, Michigan

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    Reminded me of "Summertime". I liked it.
     
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  4. Many Moons

    Many Moons Biking+Blues=Bliss

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    I think you should put that up in the VJR.:D
     
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  5. MikeS

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    I guess I really don't have a clue what the definition of Classical is (if it's the usage of an orchestra, then I guess this qualifies), but to me this is more in the Gershwin or Bernstein lane to me.
     
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  6. Dr. Ron

    Dr. Ron NO GUTS NO GLORY. JUST GIVE IT A SHOT!

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    That was really cool! Subtle but it came through nicely. I'm not familiar with Still; but, he is on
    my radar now. Thx Papa.
     
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  7. dwparker

    dwparker Blues Newbie

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    That was really nice. I could immediately imagine that piece being played by a 1920's swing style jazz band. Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. CaptainMoto

    CaptainMoto Blues Voyager

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    A lovely interlude.
     
  9. luckylarry

    luckylarry Student Of The Blues

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    That was why cool. reminded me of the American production of, " Porgy and Bess."