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William Grant Still, Afro-American Symphony
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AndrewH
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Here's another virtual orchestra performance from the Socially Distant Orchestra. We played the first movement of William Grant Still's 1st Symphony ("Afro-American"). This was the first symphony by an African-American composer to be performed by a major orchestra.

I'm playing viola in this, just below the center of the screen.

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@AndrewH thank you for posting your performance of Still's work. I've always wanted to listen to his works, but somehow never got around to it. I listened to this performance in its entirety. 

That English horn (I think) opening is a real attention grabber.

Found myself tapping my foot to this jazz-like music.

Thanks again and happy new year.

Bob

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@AndrewH -

I really enjoyed that, Andrew!  It's a fun piece to listen to.

Thank you for sharing it! 

Sending it off for the grandkids to listen! 

One of their favorite things I gave them this Xmas was a "Symphony Musical Toy Orchestra for Kids" – 13 Musical Instruments for Classical Music for Babies and Toddlers – Interactive Kids Music Toys with Lights and 15 Songs (B. toys by Battat B.) 

The Kids get to add up to 6 different "instruments" (at one time) into the "Orchestra pit" to hear how they sound together in a piece of music.  They fight over wanting to use this - even the 6 and 8yr olds!  It will be cool to see them watch your video - think it will help them understand more about how interesting it is different instruments can make great music. 

Your Orchestra video highlights parts so well!  I think the kids will enjoy it, also. 

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- Emily

 

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Thanks for sharing that,  Andrew. I really enjoyed it.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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I like that, 

Never heard his work before,

Thank you for posting this.

 

Mark

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ELCBK said
@AndrewH -

I really enjoyed that, Andrew!  It's a fun piece to listen to.

Thank you for sharing it! 

Sending it off for the grandkids to listen! 

One of their favorite things I gave them this Xmas was a "Symphony Musical Toy Orchestra for Kids" – 13 Musical Instruments for Classical Music for Babies and Toddlers – Interactive Kids Music Toys with Lights and 15 Songs (B. toys by Battat B.) 

The Kids get to add up to 6 different "instruments" into the "Orchestra pit" to hear how they sound together in a piece of music.  They fight over wanting to use this - even the 6 and 8yr olds!  It will be cool to see them watch your video - think it will help them understand more about how interesting it is different instruments can make great music. 

Your Orchestra video highlights parts so well!  I think the kids will enjoy it, also. 

  

That's a really cool toy! I think I'm going to recommend it to some of my friends who have young children.

The first thing that got me really interested in music was hearing an orchestra in person for the first time when I was 12. Being able to see what was happening on stage made it such a different experience from listening to the disembodied sounds of CDs or radio. I think it's great that your grandchildren are learning early on how people come together to make music.

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Beautiful. 

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great sounding video @AndrewH!  Its probably not a good description but the music had a little bit of a jazz feel to it for me.  was a good listen.  

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The virtual orchestra video was not the first time I'd played this music -- I also played the same symphony in its entirety two years ago. That video was posted on YouTube over the weekend.

There's a big viola soli passage early in the second movement, starting at about 8:20 of the video. There's a little surprise in the third movement!

It may be hard to find me, but I'm visible. When the orchestra is seen from the front, the top of my head can be seen directly behind the heads of the first-desk second violins. (From there you can spot my bow at least some of the time, and you can see more of me when the inside player leans forward to turn pages.)

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@AndrewH -

Pretty cool, Andrew! 

"Still" think I enjoy your 1st, "Socially Distant  Orchestra" version the best.  Had more emotional connection for me.

The banjo was definitely a nice added touch in the Christian Baldini version, though. 

Really appreciate you sharing another great performance! 

Thank you! 

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Keep liv'n the dream, Andrew!

- Emily

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