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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

"Fantasia on a Theme"

This piece, played by the London Philharmonic, was broadcast by our public radio station this afternoon. Classical music generally doesn't have many specific mental image associations for me other than the snippets of Vivaldi's "Spring" and "Autumn" concertos that seem to lead in so many PBS spots and Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" coupled with Coppola's helicopter scene in Apocalypse Now. Today though, when the host of the program announced her fondness for the upcoming piece by Thomas Tallis (a composer I'd never heard of) calling it "rich and velvety," I was surprised to recognize it immediately as the gorgeous, mournful music from Master and Commander during the scene when the broken mast is being cut loose with one of the crew still attached to save the ship from being swamped in a storm. It was so vivid. Like this visual that will now forever be linked in my mind to my favorite, "O Fortuna."

Making connections. Isn't that what a great education is all about?

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