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Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition
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Really ashamed of myself,

that flew right over my head! 

 

...and I watched her, too 

wondering, what the... 

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I was wondering when someone would mention the cat-a-combing.

That's one advantage of virtual orchestras -- if you're playing third trumpet and only have two notes to play in the movement, you can throw in something like this instead of sitting on stage doing nothing!tongue

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And here's Baba-Yaga, the second-last picture in the exhibition. This time the house on chicken legs inspires a bit of dance-painting. The very end of the video is a reference to a witch, just not the same witch!

(I'm not in this movement. I'm playing the final movement, The Great Gate of Kiev, which should be out soon.)

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@AndrewH -

That was GREAT! 

Yep, sounded like a Baba-Yaga. (lol)

Had to slow it down to .25 speed near the end (which was a surreal experience in itself) - just to make sure I could see everything that was going on. 

I was in so much suspense - wondering when the artist was going to fall, with all that slippery paint! 

Actually, I did watch all the performers - it was fun! 

Thanx for sharing another fabulous performance! 

 

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- Emily

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I find this amazing! Who could have anticipated such a thing even 5 or 10 years ago? 

The old curmudgeon!

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JohnG said
I find this amazing! Who could have anticipated such a thing even 5 or 10 years ago? 

  

 

I love living in the future.laugh I never would have had the chance to make music with most of the people in the Socially Distant Orchestra if not for the pandemic and people taking advantage of technology to keep playing music together, because the orchestra doesn't exist in any physical place and the members are from all over.

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This is so. cool. Thanks.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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Amazing--I think a piece like this works better with the visual aspects going on.  A positive coming out of the pandemic is the expanded creativity.

Looking forward to hearing (& seeing!) The Great Gate of Kiev. 

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These performances are getting better with each scene. I was wondering how you'd handle the transition from Baba to Gates... I LIKE the "Please Stand By", but I nearly passed out from holding my breath!

Can hardly wait for the finale.

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas

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Pics or it didn't happen, you say?

Here it is: the final movement of Pictures at an Exhibition.

I'm at bottom center for most of the movement. All 135 musicians from the entire Pictures project join in for the very end of the piece, starting around 5:00 of the video.

 

I put all eleven videos into a single YouTube playlist so you can watch them all at once without going back through this thread. As mentioned before, I'm in parts 4, 5, 8, 9, and 11.

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You ladies and gents are great!

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@AndrewH -

Another GREAT performance! 

Really enjoyed this music. 

Have the 2 oldest Granddaughters over.  They not only watched "The Gates at Kiev", but they wanted to watch all the rest - even though they had seen most of them earlier, when originally posted! 

Still LOVE how each performance in this series has enriches my soul with music and at the same time, engaged my mind with visual creativity! 

 

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Thank you for sharing this wonderful series! 

🤔...perplexed about the bathtub & the googly eyes. (lol)

- Emily

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Oh, the bathtub! That's a bit of an inside joke referring to SDO's early days. When everything was closed, one of the percussionists used a bathtub as a substitute for a bass drum. She decided to really play that up for this video.

 

Not sure about the googly eyes, myself.

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@AndrewH Beautiful work. 

I'm going to watch the whole playlist again today.

Thank you. Let's see more recordings on youtube, especially once you guys can get together in person. 

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas

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so good @AndrewH !  thanks for the playlist.. think my favorite so far was the catacombs...ill need to watch through again..everytime i catch something different...like that bathtub..lol  the video editing on these is alot of fun to watch.

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Bob said
@AndrewH Beautiful work. 

I'm going to watch the whole playlist again today.

Thank you. Let's see more recordings on youtube, especially once you guys can get together in person. 

  

Thank you!

Unfortunately, this is probably the last month of the Socially Distant Orchestra's existence. It was created during the pandemic, and was only ever meant to last as long as live performances were heavily restricted in the US. We are wrapping up after one more project (which I've already recorded my part for), because most of us are going back to our regular ensembles for in-person rehearsals and performances. After that, there's been some talk of recording occasional "reunion" videos but it won't be anywhere near as frequent as this past year. This group of musicians is unlikely to ever play together in person, because it never existed as a real-world orchestra in any one location. The people appearing in Pictures at an Exhibition are in 23 US states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 5 other countries. Including the group's other projects, someone on every continent except Antarctica has been in a Socially Distant Orchestra video at some point.

That said, the Socially Distant Orchestra is planning a single in-person performance in New York City, in late June during the annual Make Music NY festival. (NYC is where the orchestra's founder/organizer lives, and the largest concentration of orchestra members.) It will be only about 40 musicians, basically just people who are within a reasonable driving distance and available that day. I won't be there, I'm too far away.

And I will definitely perform with a few people from these videos this fall -- four other musicians from Camellia Symphony, my regular orchestra, also appeared in this project. I might also get the chance to play music with a few others, though not all at once. It'll probably be more along the lines of knowing people to play chamber music with when traveling.

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This is great @AndrewH

Thank you for the playlist—such a wonderful, creative way to experience this music.  Don’t know what google-eyes mean, but they seem to fit in.

My first encounter with The Great Gate of Kiev was when I was in 6th grade in All County Band.  As a percussionist, I got to play the cymbals in this piece (grade school version).  For our performance, I made sure I really swacked those cymbals—sheet music went flying off the music stand and everything.

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