Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"Let's Face The Music And Dance"

OK, back to the 30's: Irving Berlin wrote this romantic classic in 1936 for the movie "Follow The Fleet". It was sung by Fred Astaire who danced to it with Ginger Rogers in a performance for the ages. Steve Martin lip-synched Fred in "Pennies From Heaven" ('81). Jennifer Grey ("Baby"!) and Derek Hough did a very respectable quickstep to it Monday night on "Dancing With The Stars".

Yesterday's answer: The Symphony No. 9 in E Minor "From the New World", Op. 95, B. 178 (Czech: Symfonie č. 9 e moll „Z nového světa“) by Antonin Dvorak. From my dear friend Dr. Alberto Rodriguez ("Papa Dios"): "Fue su novena y se ha comentado que los temas son eslavos y tienen muy poco que ver, si algo, con el folklore de EE.UU. La mandición es que los compositores llegan a la novena y se mueren. Pero creo que la sinfonía era la 5 porque Dvorak no había ordenado cronológicamente su producción sinfónica. Cuando las puso en orden, la 5 pasó a ser la 9. Buena pregunta." From me: "Well, Papa, I didn't expect any less of you since, after all, you were the one who introduced me to this symphony while in high school and for that I'll always be grateful! He did "cheat" a little bit as far a the order of the compositions but, as you know, Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner, Mahler and Vaughan Williams died after writing their 9th symphonies without completing their tenth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILEsEK-JkJI

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