The Royal Philharmonic's Hooked on Classics

>> Friday, January 29, 2010

Who remembers this? This takes me way back to the days right after I graduated from college (1982), with a bachelor of music and I was living in northern Kentucky. I was performing in various venues in both Kentucky and Ohio and in order to stay trim and fit for the stage, I would put on my gym clothes and shoes and put the Hooked on Classics LP on the turntable and do a one hour aerobic workout to it.

I challenge you to listen to the whole 10 plus minutes and name every composer with extra credit for the name of the piece!


Jasper January 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM  

This is TOO fun! And the perfect cure for snobbery. I challenge any listener--the more so, the more highbrow--to listen all the way through without letting both index fingers sway to-and-fro a la Dixie. It's a Symphony Night at the Roxbury.

So here I am with way too much to do to break my afternoon and listen through a second time just to list 'em off, but Nettl has successfully gritted my teeth and I must bite to take the challenge. I'll concede right off that whoever knows ALL of them is a music maven extraordinaire of hat-tipping order.

Delightfully, there are just enough obvious throw-aways included to make all of us regular musiclovers feel good about ourselves, so here's goes....

[ These are fast changes. Had to pause at least a dozen times just to type! ]

_ either Wagner or Mendelssohn; it's one of the two infamous wedding marches, the one that moves instead of dragging (something in my brain won't let me ever unconflate these two pieces).

_ One of Johann's Strauss's Viennese Waltzes (a natural educated guess)

_ [ help here, please! ]

_ Handel (throwaway, thank you, although I admit I first jumped to Vivaldi then corrected myself)

_ [ embarrassed: never heard this before; a very nice operatic overture, I'm guessing ]

_ Brahms' now infamous Lullaby

_ [ ?? ]

_ [ ugghh! I know I know this!! ]

_ [ ugghh! THIS TOO!! ]

_ Paganini's Caprice (makes me feel justificably good)

_ Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries (the throwaway of all throwaways; now I'm just oh so glib)

_ [ ah-hah; it was a setup-- what's this? sounds vaguely familiar ]

_ some Schubert, no doubt (still appropriately humbled)

_ [ huh?! (whatever it is I confess I don't like it) ]

_ Chopin's Military Polonaise (for piano, only slightly less infamous than the Op.53 "Heroic" of Liberace fame)

_ Mendelssohn's Italian symphony

_ Verdi? (I'm guessing)

_ [ no idea. Not even familiar ]

_ Dvorak's New World Symphony, 2nd Movt shamelessly featuring the oboe with a giant acoustic spotlight (and TOTAL shmutz; thx for the throwaway, tho'--keeping me in the game. maybe.)

_ Wagner, Lohengrin Prelude, Act III, but it's been quite a while since I heard it....

_ Rimsky-K's Flight of the Bumblee, obviously

_ Tschaik Piano 1 of Van Cliburn fame (Whoa! rewound, 'cause I almost missed this short clip snuck in there. Cool cutting job.)

_ Mozart's (really, God's) 40th, 1st movt. (The single greatest symphony ever, I think it may be travelling through outerspace in a Voyager capsule along with some Bach.... Will have to double check.)

_ Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (maybe cut in two with something else in between? Again, it's been a while....)

_ Beethoven 5, mvt1

_ Bach, Toccata

_ Mozart's Nachtmusik (just barely; highly clipped again)

_ Beethoven 9, Ode to Joy

_ Rossini's William Tell Overture

_ Mozart, Figaro overture

_ Tschaik, Romeo & Juliet Suite

_ Handel again (not sure which piece; Messiah?)

_ Grieg Piano Concerto, mvt1 (the megafamous one, whichever # that is)

_ [ help, again, please ]

_ Tschaik, Nutcracker Suite

_ Tschaik's 1812 Overture

Whew! Were it not for the 2nd-half string of throwaways don't know if I could hold my head up. Still bobbing my head to the beat, though....

Can't say I'm eagerly anticipating my mark, but thank you :^)

Jasper January 29, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

the three blanks between Brahms & Paganini above, I'm pretty sure it's

_ Vivaldi

_ [still not sure]

_ Mussorgsky

Jasper January 29, 2010 at 1:59 PM  

I feel like they should have included the Sorcerer's Apprentice, no? And what about Bizet's Carmen and Porgy & Bess? Maybe they're for a separate medley that's exclusively operatic ?

Lynette January 29, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

Not bad at all, Jasper. I missed one and I certainly didn't get all of the titles. I'll post the answers as soon as everyone has had the chance to play. :)

Lynette January 29, 2010 at 3:15 PM  

WARNING: If you still want to accept the challenge DON'T READ THIS COMMENT.

Here are the answers:

Wedding March / Mendelssohn
Radetsky March Op 228 / Johann Strauss I
Toccata Op 42/5 / Widor
Alla Hornpipe / Handel
Humoreque Op 101/7 / Dvorak
Lullaby / Brahms
Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba / Handel
Promenade / Mussorgsky
In The Hall Of The Mountain King - Grieg
Caprice No 21 / Paganini
Ride Of The Valkyries / Wagner
Fingal's Cave / Mendelssohn
Military March / Schubert
Polonaise In A Major / Chopin
Symphony No 4 In A Major - 'Italian' 1st Movement / Mendelssohn
Overture To The Light Cavalry / Suppé
Farandole / Bizet
Largo / Dvorak
Lohengrin, Prelude TO Act 3 / Wagner
Flight of the Bumblebee/Rimsky-Korsakov
Symphony No. 40 in G minor/W.A. Mozart (And yes indeed, God)
Rhapsody in Blue/Geroge Gershwin
Karelia Suite/Sebelius (This is the one I missed)
Symphony no. 5/ Beethoven
Toccata and Fugue in D minor/J.S. Bach
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik/W.A. Mozart
Symphony no. 9, The Choral Symphony/Beethoven
William Tell Overture/Rossini
Aria: Voi che sapete from "Le Nozze di Figaro"/W.A. Mozart
Love theme from Romeo & Juliet ballet/Tchaikovsky
Trumpet Voluntary/ J. Clarke
Hallelujah Chorus/G.F. Handel
Piano Concerto in A minor/S. Rachmaninoff
Toreador Song from "Carmen"/Bizet
1812 Overture/Tchaikovsky

Lynette January 29, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

Yes, I paid close attention in Freshman Music Appreciation and in Music History. ;^)

Jasper January 29, 2010 at 3:38 PM  

At the end there, you mean Grieg, not Rachmaninoff; the latter had no "A minor Concerto", whereas the former's only complete piano concerto was in A minor. (Just Wiki'd it now.)

Funny; looks like Carmen was in the end there, after all, which I mistook for Tschaik'.

I already impressed that you pegged these two:
_ Promenade / Mussorgsky
_ In The Hall Of The Mountain King / Grieg
The latter of which they threw in in lieu of (my suggestion) Sorceror's Apprentice. (I think you find them both with Saint-S's Carnaval, R-K's Shecherazade, & other such works on these old medley-esque collections of popular favorites, actually.)

...but you mean you really got THESE SIX?!! I excuse myself that they're too difficult. (Doubt I've even heard any of them.)
_ Toccata Op 42/5 / Widor
_ Humoreque Op 101/7 / Dvorak
_ Fingal's Cave / Mendelssohn
_ Overture To The Light Cavalry / Suppé
_ Farandole / Bizet
_ Trumpet Voluntary/ J. Clarke

I'll revise my standards and tip my hat, if I may!

Thanks for the posting. Best, J.

Lynette January 29, 2010 at 3:43 PM  

Yes, you're right, I meant Grieg. Doh! LOL!

Lynette January 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM  

_ Toccata Op 42/5 / Widor
_ Humoreque Op 101/7 / Dvorak
_ Fingal's Cave / Mendelssohn
_ Overture To The Light Cavalry / Suppé
_ Farandole / Bizet
_ Trumpet Voluntary/ J. Clarke

-The Widor Toccata I used in my wedding (1st marriage)
-The Dvorak Humoresque I played on the piano as a child.
-The Mendelssohn Fingal's Cave was on "drop the needle" in Music History
-The Bizet Farandole was also on "drop the needle" in Music History.
-The Jeremiah Clarke Trumpet Voluntary was used as the processional in my wedding. (2nd and most gloriously happy union!)

rallentanda January 29, 2010 at 5:33 PM  

This was such fun...hilarious.
I missed Overture to the Light Cavalry- Suppe.It's one of those pieces that you know the tune but never remember the name..I know even after I write this I will never remember it.I knew Sibelius but couldn't name the work.No credit to me,I was a High School
music teacher for many years.

Kathy Handyside January 29, 2010 at 7:56 PM  

Okay - here goes: Mendelsohn "Midsummer Night's Dream"; Strauss "Radetsky March"; Don't know; Handel "Water Music"; Dvorak "Humoresque"; Brahms "Lullaby"; Handel "Queen of Sheba something-or-other?"; Mussorgsky "Pictures at an Exhibition"; Grieg "Mountain King something-or-other"; Don't know; Wager "Ride of the Valkyries"; Mendelsohn "Fingal's Cave"; Schuber "Marche Militaire" [the Lipizzan stallions perform to this]; Chopin "Polonaise in A Major"; Mendelsohn "something-or-other"; von Suppe "Light Cavalry"; Bizet "Toreador Song"; Dvorak "New World Symphony"; Wager "something-or-other"; Rimsky-Korsakoff "Flight of the Bumblebee"; Mozart "40th Symphony 1st movement"; Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue"; Sibelius? "something-or-other"; Beethoven "5th Symphony"; Bach "Toccatta and Fugue in something-or-other minor"; Mozart "Eine Kleine Nacthmusik"; Beethoven "Ninth Symphony"; Rossini "William Tell"; Mozart "Cherubino's aria from Marriage of Figaro"; Tchaikovsky "Romeo and Juliet"; Handel "Hallelujah Chorus - Messiah"; Tchaikovsky "Piano Concerto"; Bizet "Carmen"; Tchaikovsky "1812 Overture"; Beethoven's Ninth sympony again.

How'd I do? There were some I've heard but couldn't think of the name or composer. :D This was fun!


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