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Simply Scandalous

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It’s a rowdy work for a serious occasion.

This composer was commissioned to write a piece of music for the graduation ceremonies at a local university in his native Germany. This same university had given him an honorary doctorate degree the previous year, so this work also served as sort of a musical “thank you” note. The composer, however, had a very sly and somewhat controversial sense of humor. In this selection, he not only includes academic tunes from the university, but also snuck in several student drinking songs in the style of Franz Suppé. The composer conducted this piece at the university’s graduation ceremony, much to the chagrin of the professors and the mischievous delight of the students in the audience.

Music Heard On This Episode

Stravinksy, Igor: Rite of Spring: Sacrificial Dance of the Chosen One
Kirov Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, cond. — Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Alexander Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy - Valery Gergiev (Philips, 2001)
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Stravinksy, Igor: Rite of Spring: Sacrificial Dance of the Chosen One
Kirov Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, cond. — Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Alexander Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy - Valery Gergiev (Philips, 2001)
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Wagner, Richard: Tannhauser: Entry of the Guests
Canadian Brass/Bayreuther Festspiele Orchester — Wagner for Brass (Polygram Records, 1993)
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Monteverdi, Claudio: Cruda Amarilli
Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini — Viva Rinaldo Alessandrini (Opus 111, 1997)
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Strauss, Richard: SALOME: Excerpt from Final Scene
Vienna Philharmonic/Hildegard Behrens, soprano/Herbert von Karajan — Great Recordings Of The Century (EMI Classics, 1999)
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791): Abduction from the Seraglio: Overture
English Baroque Orchestra/John Eliot Gardiner, cond. — Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Archiv Produktion, 1993)
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Barber, Samuel : School for Scandal
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Marion Alsop, cond. — Barber: Orchestral Works Vol. 1 (Naxos American, 2000)
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Shostakovich, Dmitri: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk: Act III Scene 6
Bastille Orchestra/Myung-Whun Chung, cond. — Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk (Polygram Records, 1994)
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Lully, Jean-Baptiste: AMADIS: Chaconne
La Simphonie du Marais/Hugo Reyne, cond. — Amadis, tragédie en musique (Accord, 2006)
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Auber, Daniel Francois Esprit: The Mute Girl of Portici: It is Better to Die
John Aler, tenor; Jean-Philippe Lafont, baritone; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo — Auber - La Muette de Portici (EMI Classics)
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Glass, Phillip: Notes on a Scandal: Betrayal
The Phillip Glass Ensemble — Notes on a Scandal: Original Soundtrack (Rounder / Umgd, 2007)
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Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897): Academic Festival Overture
New York Philharmonic/Kurt Masur, cond. — Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Academic Festival Overture (Elektra / Wea, 1993)
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Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolai: MOZART AND SALIERI: No, I Can't Stand It Any Longer!
Nikita Storojev (Salieri)/I Musici de Montréal/Yuli Turovsky, cond. — Mozart and Salieri (Chandos, 1994)
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Presley, Elvis: Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley — Jailhouse Rock/Love Me Tender (RCA Victor Europe, 1997)
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