Ether Game

Musical Madness

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Relax, take a shower, and see what you come up with…

Although this composer is best known for his film work, his career began in radio, and eventually stretched to include both concert music and television. The experience of working in TV also inspired the director of this film to deliberately limit his budget and cast, as well as to streamline his storytelling. Although the grotesque, disturbing, and violent film didn’t please the director’s studio, both filmmaker and composer had a way of getting what they wanted…

Music Heard On This Episode

Sondheim, Stephen: Sweeney Todd: Prologue, My Friends
Len Cariou, Angela Lansbury, Paul Gemignani, cond. — Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979 Original Broadway Cast) (RCA, 2007)
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Sondheim, Stephen: Sweeney Todd: Prologue, My Friends
Len Cariou, Angela Lansbury, Paul Gemignani, cond. — Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979 Original Broadway Cast) (RCA, 2007)
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Strauss, Richard: Don Quixote: Themes Var I, II
Janos Starker, cello/Oskar Lysy, viola/Bavarian Radio Orch/Leonard Slatkin, cond. — Strauss: Don Quixote / Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks (RCA, 1991)
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Schumann, Robert: Cello Concerto: Movement I
Heinrich Schiff, cello/Berlin Philharmonic/Bernard Haitink, cond. — Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto is A minor, Op. 129 / Adagio & Allegro, Op. 70 (Polygram Records, 1993)
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Handel, George Frideric: Orlando: Act II, Conclusion
James Bowman, countertenor/Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood, cond. — Handel - Orlando (Decca Import, 1991)
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Schoenberg, Arnold: Erwartung: Excerpts
Janis Martin/BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Pierre Boulez, cond. — Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire - Lied der Waldtaube - Erwartung (Sony, 1993)
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Gershwin, George: Girl Crazy: But Not For Me, Comic Encore
Judy Blazer, Frank Gorshin/John Mauceri, cond. — Girl Crazy (1990 Studio Cast) (Nonesuch, 1990)
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Verdi, Giuseppe: Macbeth: Act III, Ballet Music
Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado, cond. — Verdi: Overtures & Preludes (Dg Imports, 1999)
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Britten, Benjamin: Rejoice in the Lamb: Excerpts
Simon Channing, treble/James Bowman, countertenor/Richard Morton, tenor/James Lancelot, organ/Choir of King's College Cambridge — Britten: The Little Sweep, a Children's Opera in three scenes / Rejoice In The Lamb (EMI Classics Imports, 2000)
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Joplin, Scott: Solace: A Mexican Serenade
Trio Bell'Arte — Joplin: The Entertainer (Premier Recordings, 1995)
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Barrett, Syd: Bike, Jugband Blues
Pink Floyd — A Saucerful of Secrets (Capitol, 1990)
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Machover, Tod: Valis: Sophia's Aria
Anne Azema, soprano/Daniel Ciampolini, percussion/Emma Stevenson, keyboards/Tod Machover, cond. — Valis: An Opera (Bridge, 1993)
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Hermann, Bernard: Psycho: Suite for String Orchestra
The City of Prague Philharmonic/Paul Bateman, cond. — Psycho: Essential Alfred Hitchcock (Silva, 1999)
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Lennon, John and McCartney, Paul: Maxwell's Silver Hammer
The Beatles — Abbey Road (EMI, 2009)
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