Classical Music #6: Bright Blue Music by Michael Torke (b.1961) - The Book of Ramblings
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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, May. 4th, 2012 03:25 pm
Classical Music #6: Bright Blue Music by Michael Torke (b.1961)

How about a little light fun music for a Friday afternoon?

I was introduced to this piece during a class session my 20th century analysis professor taught on music by composers who are still alive. He wanted us to get to experience some of where music was NOW instead of just 50 years earlier. I think the idea was that we spent SO MUCH TIME studying music of "dead white guys" that he wanted us to realize that people were still writing this music.

I was honestly expecting some crazy stuff that was entirely unlistenable and instead heard some music that I immediately ran out to buy. This was one of the works he played that day.

Michael Torke is a fairly young composer. He was born only in 1961 (making him only 2 years older than David!) and when he wrote this piece he was all of 24 years old. This composition is one of a series of "Color" music that he wrote (also included are Ash, Ecstatic Orange, Purple and Green).  Torke apparently has Synesthesia, a neurological condition which for him means that music and color are closely intertwined. One key or combination of sounds will appear as a color to him.

The work is uplifting, happy. Nothing you'll usually see me recommend! One reviewer said of it: In Bright Blue Music, we find Torke revelling in the sheer pleasure of creating music for pure enjoyment, at once immediate and appealing.

I find that an apt description.

You can download and listen to the work here.

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stillaworm
stillaworm
Daners
Fri, May. 4th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)

I love that you are so educated on music, mainly classical. I grew up listening to opera and classical and I love it so, so much. It's the most beautiful music in the world to me, and often the kind I need to listen to to help me through my anxiety.

Thanks for the link!


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, May. 4th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)

I hope you enjoy it! I actually went to college for music and have an almost-completed doctorate in composition/theory with a minor in musicology. So it's definitely one of my great loves! The Monday night class I teach is a music appreciation one.

Classical music is AMAZING. It can be heartbreaking and beautiful and uplifting and angry and every other emotion you can think of. I love it because no matter WHAT my mood I can find something awesome to listen to that fits it!


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stillaworm
stillaworm
Daners
Fri, May. 4th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)

That's so awesome! It's such an unappreciated music and I think that's so tragic. I mean, I'll literally listen to anything. I'm a music lover, and I am always on the lookout for anything new that I might like, but I can't count the number of times people have gone *blinkblink* at me when I tell them I love classical and opera.

I completely agree with you on the emotion bit - I think classical music has the biggest range of emotions. Like you said, it can make you feel so many different things.


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zweiundzwei
zweiundzwei
zweiundzwei
Sun, May. 6th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)

I'm going to friend you for this wonderful, wonderful 100 things topic. I always wanted to get to know more classical music, but I am extremely slow about listening to new (to me) music. This gives me a nice little push. :)

No need to friend back of course.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Tue, May. 8th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)

I'm so glad you're enjoying this topic! I'd be happy to add you back but I suspect you'd be bored with the rest of my journal as it mostly focuses on my dog and our agility training!


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