Program notes

I have never quite figured out the scheme by which the local classical-music station schedules individual works, though they seem to do more baroque stuff during morning drive. This is not, of course, universal:

I wonder: could a person’s musical preferences be set by the state of their mind? As in, people like me who are inclined to be jangled and anxious, we dislike loud, atonal, and variable-tempo or too-fast music? And maybe people who tend to be more the thrill-seeking type prefer fast music? I don’t know. But I do know there are some pieces of music that do me a discomfort and I have groaned audibly when Sirius XM comes on in my car and it’s one of the clashier Stravinsky pieces or even Schoenberg and it also seems to me that one of the hosts on there tends to play them during afternoon drive-time and I am like WHYYY do you play anxious music at a time when a lot of your listeners are likely to be anxious?

Well, let’s see. This is today’s schedule on KUCO-FM, 4:30 to 6 pm:

  • Sullivan: Cello Concerto in D
  • Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
  • Weiss: Lute Suite No. 13 in D
  • Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in E, K. 20
  • Lindpaintner: Sinfonia Concertante in B-Flat for Wind Quintet & Orchestra
  • DeYoung: Babe

Yes, that’s Dennis DeYoung, with a Styx song rearranged for string orchestra. It will definitely sneak up on you:

Future classics, no?


  1. Dan T. »

    12 October 2018 · 6:54 pm

    If it ain’t baroque, don’t fix it!

  2. McGehee »

    12 October 2018 · 7:54 pm

    I’m so old I can remember when rearranged-for-strings versions of erstwhile pop hits were common speaker music in stores and office buildings that used speaker music. These days if they play anything it’s the actual released version, complete with vocals.

    I seem to recall hearing songs originally recorded by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin given the Longines Symphonette treatment for the ears of housewives comparison-shopping in the cereal aisle at Raley’s. It was surprisingly pleasant listening.

    So, good for Dennis D.

  3. The Other McCain »

    14 October 2018 · 2:28 am

    Late Night With In The Mailbox: 10.12.18

    Dustbury: Program Notes

  4. Roger O Green »

    15 October 2018 · 11:11 am

    When I had to pick my 12 LPs for the Capitol Record Club, I bought the Beatles Songbook by the Hollyridge Strings –

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