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Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: Sound check

Our composer wrote this piece in response to a commission. The overture was played as part of the opening of a theater in Vienna. The opening chords followed by long pauses are a great test of a new concert hall. The sound check is built into the composition! This concert was also supposed to include new compositions by Carl Meisl, but Meisl simply re-used some of the composer’s music for his “compositions.”

Music Heard On This Episode

Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick: Fiddler on the Roof: Tradition
Zero Mostel and Company — Great Musicals (RCA Victor Broadway, 2001)
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Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick: Fiddler on the Roof: Tradition
Zero Mostel and Company — Great Musicals (RCA Victor Broadway, 2001)
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: March of the Priests; O! Iris and Osiris
José van Dam, b/Choir of German Opera, Berlin/Berlin Phil/Herbert von Karajan, cond — Die Zauberflöte (Deutsche Grammophon, 1998)
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Ottorino Respighi: The Triton Fountain in the Morning; The Trevi Fountain at Midday
New York Philharmonic/Giuseppe Sinopoli, cond. — Fountains of Rome (Polygram Records, 1993)
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Richard Wagner: Parsifal: Act III: Symphonic Synthesis
Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra — Scenes from Boris Godunov / Scenes from Parsifal (Cala, 2006)
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Charles Gounod: “Oh, chaste and pure dwelling”
Jerry Hadley, t/Orch of Welsh National Opera/Carlo Rizzi, cond. — Faust (Teldec, 1994)
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Guillaume Dufay: Nuper rosarum flores
Pomerium/Alexander Blachly, dir. — The Virgin & the TempleNuper rosarum flores (Deutsche Grammophon, 1997)
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Paul Simon: Bridge over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel — Bridge over Troubled Water (Sony, 2001)
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Egdar Varèse: Poème Electronique: Excerpts
Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatory of The Hague — The Complete Works (London / Decca, 1998)
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Modeste Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: Baba-Yar; The Great Gate at Kiev
Byron Janis, piano — Byron Janis plays Mussorgsky (Philips, 1994)
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Paul Hindemith: Harmony of the Spheres: Mvt. 1
Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig/Herbert Blomstedt, cond. — Symphonia Serena / Die Harmonie Der Welt (Decca, 2000)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Consecration of the House
Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti, cond. — Symphony 3/Consecration of the House (EMI Classics, 1988)
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Arthur Benjamin: Storm Clouds Cantata
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus/Elmer Bernstein, cond. — Film Scores from Citizen Kane to Taxi Driver (Milan Records, 2004)
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Talking Heads: Houses in Motion
Talking Heads — Remain in Light (Warner Bros / Wea, 1990)
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