Ether Game

Philosopher’s Club

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Get “enlightened” and see if you can figure it out…

The novel that was the basis of this work parodied the mentality of the eighteenth-century philosophical Enlightenment. In the hands of a famous twentieth-century composer and conductor, the story still managed to retain its edge as a satire of our own times. We follow our hero and heroine through all manner of unlikely adventures as they search for pure happiness. (Spoiler alert: They never find it!) Although the operetta had a long and complex production history, luckily, the composer assembled and recorded a “final” version in 1989, and so everything was for the best after all…

Music Heard On This Episode

Richard Strauss: Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Introduction
Chicago Symphony Orchesta/Pierre Boulez, cond. — Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra / Mahler: Totenfeier (Deutsche Grammophon, 1999)
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Richard Strauss: Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Introduction
Chicago Symphony Orchesta/Pierre Boulez, cond. — Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra / Mahler: Totenfeier (Deutsche Grammophon, 1999)
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Richard Wagner: Twilight of the Gods: Brünnhilde's Immolation
Hildegard Behrens, soprano/Metropolitan Opera Orchesta/James Levine, cond. — Mad About Sopranos (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Gioachino Rossini: Barber of Seville: Overture
London Symphony Orchestra/James Levine, cond. — Barber of Seville (Highlights) (EMI Classics, 2000)
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Samuel Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard: Thou Who Art Unchangeable
Sarah Reese, sop/Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Andrew Schenck, cond. — Samuel Barber: The Lovers; Prayers of Kierkegaard (Koch Int'l Classics, 1994)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Bastien and Bastienne: Overture; My Beloved One Has Left Me
Adele Stolte, sop/Berlin Chamber Orch/Helmut Koch, cond. — Bastien und Bastienne (Berlin Classics, 1996)
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Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2 "Concord": Thoreau
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano — Concord Sonata; Songs (Warner Classics, 2004)
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Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4: Movement 1
Gabriel Tacchino, piano/Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg/Louis de Froment, cond. — The Concertos (Vox Box, 1991)
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Joseph Haydn: Symphony in E flat "The Philosopher": Movement 1
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — Symphony 22 in E flat 'Philosopher'/Symphony 63 in C 'La Roxelane'/Symphony 80 in d minor (Deutsche Grammophon / Polygram Records, 1989)
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Erik Satie: Socrates: A Portrait of Socrates
Maria-Theresa Escribano, soprano/Luxembourg Radio Orchestra/Michele Bedard, cond. — The Music Of Satie: Orchestra, Piano, Voice (Vox (Classical), 1994)
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John Adams: Nixon in China: Act I, Scene I
Orchesta and Chorus of St Luke's/Edo de Waart, cond. — Music from "Nixon In China" (Nonesuch, 1990)
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Leonard Bernstein: Candide: Overture
London Symphony Orchestra — Candide (Deutsche Grammophon, 1997)
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Friedrich Nietzsche: From Times of Youth; Through the Valley Goes a Brook
Valerie Kinslow, soprano/Erik Oland, baritone/Lauretta Altman, piano — Compositions of his Youth (1867-63), Vol. 1 (Albany Records, 1996)
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Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart: Boys from Syracuse: Oh Diogenes!; Sing For Your Supper
Broadway Revival Cast — The Boys from Syracuse (1963 Revival) (Drg, 2006)
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