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"Music for Halloween"
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MUSIC: SFX: The Legend Lives from Sleepy Hollow [Telarc CD-80580, track 1] [Down and under...]
FLAXMAN: Welcome to Compact Discoveries. I'm Fred Flaxman. The next hour will be devoted to "Music for Halloween," and will include some of the scariest music in the classical repertoire. This program has a double purpose. The first is to entertain you. The second is to frighten you into becoming a member of your local public radio station during our fall membership drive!
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FLAXMAN: Let's start out with a piece which frightened countless children when it appeared as part of Walt Disney's film Fantasia: It's called Night on Bare Mountain or Night on Bald Mountain, depending on which translation from the Russian you prefer. It was written originally as a piano piece by Modest Moussorgsky, but is usually heard in this orchestral arrangement by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff. In this Philips compact disc the Vienna Philharmonic is conducted by Valery Gergiev.
MUSIC: Moussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain [Philips 289 468 526-2, track 17] [11:42]
FLAXMAN: The Rimsky-Korsakoff orchestration of Moussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain. Valery Gergiev conducted the Vienna Philharmonic.
You are listening to "Music for Halloween" on Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide, Fred Flaxman. And this is our Fall Membership Drive, so if you enjoy this new series, if you enjoy classical music on public radio, now is definitely the time to stand up and be counted.
I would be particularly grateful to you for calling in your support right now, because it will serve as a vote for Compact Discoveries as well as a vote for classical music programming in general.
You know classical music has always been supported by people with expendable income. There were the composers and court musicians who received their salaries from royalty. There was the wealthy widow who supported Tchaikovsky's great work. Now classical music comes to you from public radio stations like this one. But it still takes money to purchase or produce the programs, and it still takes people with expendable income to keep classical music alive.
Speak up for Compact Discoveries. Speak up for classical music. Remember, those of us who love classical music are a small minority, and radio stations which play classical music - even public radio stations - are fewer and fewer around the country, due to lack of royalty and patrons. That is why it is so very important for you to show your support of classical music programming by becoming a financial supporter and member.
If you want to be really scared for Halloween, think of what your life would be like without classical music on the radio. Because that's what the situation is like in more and more communities around the country where support for classical music on public radio declined to the point that the stations dropped classical music from their schedules.
You and I don't want to see that happen here, and it certainly won't if we all do our part to keep it going. Here's how you can help.
Now back to "Music for Halloween" and The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas. Jean Fournet conducts the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands in this Denon compact disc.
MUSIC: Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice [Denon CO-75284, track 6] [12:01]
FLAXMAN: The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas. Jean Fournet conducted the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands.
You are listening to "Music for Halloween" on Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide, Fred Flaxman. Today I am blatantly trying to scare you into becoming a member your local public radio station. Did The Sorcerer's Apprentice do the trick, or did you find it just another treat?
Seriously, if you enjoy classical music, if you enjoy this these Compact Discoveries programs, please do your share to keep classical music alive and on the air. Here's how you can help.
Now some music dedicated to the good folks who help support their local public radio station. For them we have dance music, but, since this program is devoted to "Music for Halloween," it's Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns.
MUSIC: Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre [Erato ECD 55001, track 5] [6:41]
FLAXMAN: Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns. Jean Martinon conducted the Orchestre National de l'O.R.T.F. on an Erato compact disc. Franz Liszt took this Saint-Saëns piece, which lasts less than seven minutes, and turned it into this ten-minute work for piano:
MUSIC: Saint-Saëns/Liszt: Danse Macabre [Naxos 8.553852, track 1] [10:25]
FLAXMAN: Franz Liszt's piano version of Camille Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre. Arnie Cohen from Brooklyn was the pianist. No, I'm sorry, that's Arnaldo Cohen from Brazil. That was on a Naxos CD.
You are listening to "Music for Halloween" on Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide, Fred Flaxman. And this is our Fall Membership Drive. So, if you haven't been scared into becoming a member already, I really wish you would show your support for Compact Discoveries and classical music on public radio by financially contributing to the station at whatever level you feel comfortable.
The alternative to this station providing classical music should be more frightening to you than Halloween. We provide hundreds of hours of classical music treats for you all year long. The trick is to get you to pay for your fare share of this broadcast service. Here's how you can help.
Next on this program devoted to "Music for Halloween" I am going to present a short Tarantella by the Russian composer, Valery Gavrilin. What, you might ask, does a tarantella have to do with Halloween? Well, the tarantella was originally a dance to be performed after you were bitten by a tarantula. As long as you kept dancing, the story goes, the tarantula's poison would not kill you.
But I do not recommend trying this out in your own home. I don't want to loose even one listener, never mind a real or potential member!
MUSIC: Gavrilin: Tarantella [Pope Music PM 1015-2, track 9] [2:06]
FLAXMAN: Tarantella by Valery Gavrilin performed by the Russian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Gorenstein on a Pope Music compact disc.
One more short piece to conclude our program of "Music for Halloween." It is by Camille Saint-Saëns and is a movement from his famous Carnival of the Animals. It is usually translated from the French as "Fossils." But for Halloween, I think of it more as "Skeletons." The Nash Ensemble performs on a Virgin Classics release.
MUSIC: Saint-Saëns: "Fossils" from Carnival of the Animals [Virgin VC 7 90751-2, track 20] [1:27]
FLAXMAN: "Fossils" from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns.
Well, I hope you enjoyed our selection of "Music for Halloween" and that you'll show your appreciation right now with a phone call to your local public radio station. After all, it is our Fall Membership Drive and you are part of the very special, but unfortunately small audience for classical music. If you and I don't speak up for it, who will? Also, your call right now will give us some indication of support - both moral and financial - for this new Compact Discoveries series. Here's how you can help.
MUSIC: SFX: The Legend Lives from Sleepy Hollow [Telarc CD-80580, track 1] [until fade out at 58:00]
FLAXMAN [over the above music]: This is Fred Flaxman thanking you for listening to Compact Discoveries, with a special thanks to all of you who are doing your share to support classical music on public radio! Thanks also to Montgomery Byers in Florida, Simon Corley in France and Karl Miller in Texas for their help in coming up with some of the scariest audience-friendly music in the classical repertoire. Thanks as well to Telarc compact discs for SFX: The Legend Lives from their Scary Music CD with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra which I used to start the program and which we hear right now.
Compact Discoveries is produced and presented by yours truly, Fred Flaxman. It is a production of WXEL-FM, West Palm Beach, Florida.
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