Options A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker: Playlist from April 21, 2014 Options

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Options April 21, 2014: A440, Op. 2 No. 16

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Artist Track Approx. start time
Aram Khachaturian  Symphony No. 2 "The Bell" (1943)   Options 0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Antonín Dvořák  Slavonic Dance, Op. 46 No. 2 in E minor   Options 0:16:35 (Pop‑up)
Béla Bartók  44 Duos for Two Violins, BB 104 'Szerb Tanc'   Options 0:19:51 (Pop‑up)
Ljubica Marić (1909 – 2003)  Ostinato Super Tema Octoicha   Options 0:21:47 (Pop‑up)
Nikolai Myaskovsky  String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, Op. 86 (1950)   Options 0:30:13 (Pop‑up)
Bohuslav Martinů  String Trio No. 2, H. 238   Options 0:34:19 (Pop‑up)
Bruno Maderna  Juilliard Serenade (1971)   Options 0:48:52 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 8:02pm Bethany Ryker:

Greetings on this fine day!
  8:02pm Rynac:

Nice to hear something by Khachaturian other than "Saber Dance".
Avatar 8:09pm Bethany Ryker:

Yep, so much more! Tends to be the case across the board. I'm glad to be able to present the lesser-known works. This one particularly grabbed on and wouldn't let go.
  8:15pm Robert:

I listened to a lot of Yugoslav folk music as a child (grandparents' records, which I still have), and I don't hear any of that in Russian classical stuff. But maybe I need to go back & listen now.
Avatar 8:18pm Bethany Ryker:

Robert, I'd be very interested to know what you hear!
  8:18pm Robert:

I remember a lady DJ on WFMU in the 1990s play some Serbian stuff, especially from a band that did Serbian-style versions of other popular music, as an example of metric complexity. Measures like 2-2-2-4, 2-3-2, etc.
Avatar 8:19pm ranjit:

Hello! I was just going to say I couldn't hear the folk music in this, and then I could.
  8:21pm Robert:

Trouble is, I don't know enough music GENERALLY. I got out the Yugoslav 7B8s etc. for friends one July 4, and was informed that one piece was "Buffalo Gals" in Croatian or whatever. I didn't know "Buffalo Gals"!
  8:22pm Robert:

Like the Jackie Gleason character who didn't know "Swanee R."
Avatar 8:23pm ranjit:

Swanee River always makes me think of Bugs Bunny, but that might also be the influence of Vicki's show just now.
  8:25pm Robert:

OK, now this Maric piece sounds like an andante Heroica. Well, at least one phrase did.
  8:27pm Robert:

Is Octoicha Hungarian for Heroica?
Avatar 8:28pm northguineahills:

Thanks Bethany!
Avatar 8:28pm Bethany Ryker:

Language is serbian...look it up please!
  8:32pm Robert:

Google says its "Stubborn Super Theme Octoicha".
  8:33pm Robert:

...and thinks it's xlating from Italian!
Avatar 8:34pm ranjit:

Could it mean octet? "Oktoih (Serbian Cyrillic: Октоих) ... is a book of liturgical hymns for singing in eight parts." - wikipedia
Avatar 8:35pm Bethany Ryker:

She likely titled it in Italian, that makes the most sense
  8:35pm Robert:

Thanks. I figured it had something to do w 8. But I woud've guessed eighth notes or the like.
Avatar 8:36pm Bethany Ryker:

Tema - Theme, Ostinato is a musical term referring to something that repeats (er, stubbornly)
Avatar 8:37pm ranjit:

Ostinato on a liturgical-hymn theme?
Avatar 8:39pm Bethany Ryker:

She was deeply influenced by Byzantine church. I think you are the sleuth, Ranjit. I MISS PROGRAM NOTES. DEARLY.
Avatar 8:40pm ranjit:

Someday they'll find a way to include liner notes in an mp3... i hope...
Avatar 8:40pm Bethany Ryker:

By the way. This Martinu trio is brilliant, no?
  8:41pm Robert:

It did have that "Heroica" strand running thru it, so I tried Google to see Serbian for "heroic". I would read back the Cyrillic as "heroiski".
Avatar 9:00pm ranjit:

The Juilliard Serenade is somehow pretentious and fun at the same time.
  12:20am mary:

that DJ in the 90s who played Serbian music among other things is Paula Gordon. For a while she had an overnight show.
I used to listen to her because she was part of a gang I know that was involved in contemporary theater performance art/theater, like The Wooster Group and early Steve (Buscemi)(yea) and Mark (Boone Jr)work...Tech director for choreographer Jo Andres...and she was a DJ on FMU...she decided to move to Sarajevo. Politics and art. Not sure of her location now.
  12:21am mary:

Love the show. Bethany is good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:47am tomasz.:

great stuff Bethany!
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