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The Musical Frontier

The beginning of a New Year has always presented me a feeling of adventure, a fresh start, and an opportunity to try new things. You can also call it a reason for me to act lazy towards the end of the year (;)). If you are a frequent at Rhythmroo.com, then you’ll know that this blog is going to be taken quite a radical change from what I normally post (free game albums/osts and reviews). The plan: Bring together topics I find intriguing from my Classical training as a Musician to my listening experiences of Video Game Music. The results will be quite satisfying I assure you.

I will be conducting these in series during the course of this year and further. The first series that will begin this year, and last quite a while depending on how much resources I can muster, is “The Musical Frontier:  Listening”. In this series we will be discussing the three planes of listening that Aaron Copland generously breaks apart for us from how we listen to music. The three planes:

1.       The Sensuous Plane
2.       The Expressive Plane
3.       The Sheerly Musical Plane

The point of this series is to explore these three different ways of listening to music and finding which plane you fall under with how you listen to music. Perhaps you listen to music more intelligently than you realize, or you might not and would like to discover new methods on how to listen to something. I’m sure everyone will walk away with someone new, as I have after going through Aaron Copland’s “What to Listen for in Music”.

I leave you with two pieces of music that perhaps you will like and hear a familiar essence that intertwines them into a deeper connection.

Unfortunately you’ll have to watch this on Youtube, so click twice.


About Marcos Gaspar

Videogame music enthusiast. :)


5 thoughts on “The Musical Frontier

  1. Ah, yes, Mother 3 had some great music. An orchestrated version of that theme was recorded for use in Super Smash Brothers Brawl as well. It is somewhat thematically similar to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, although “His Highness’ Theme” somehow comes off as even more pompous. I think I played a wind ensemble arrangement of it (the Shostakovich) back in high school.

    Leonard Bernstein was a monster >.>

    Look forward to your upcoming insights.

    Posted by Aftershok | January 8, 2011, 2:51 pm
    • I was aware of the Brawl version but I liked the original far better than the Brawl Version. ;)

      And yes, Leonard Bernstein is the man!

      Regarding “His Highness Theme”, definitely more pompous in style, but It works for such a big bully :). I’ll talk more about the two pieces in comparison later.

      Do you happen to have a recording of that performance?! Would love to see that.

      Posted by Marcos Gaspar | January 8, 2011, 7:41 pm
  2. Can’t wait to see you break down the individual planes since it could go a long ways to helping me understand my own listening habits.

    Also, what percentage of Russians cheered and what percentage cried after listening to “His Highness’s Theme?”

    Posted by zzeroparticle | January 8, 2011, 7:49 pm
  3. You’ll love the break down so much. The first two planes covered in 1.5 pages to 2. The third plane was the whole book. Haha!

    Answer your question: O_O. Honestly it would be the same amount the Finale for the 5th would receive if played in Russia.

    How much tears and fear that was placed into the 5th symphony is another story of its own. It really was his last chance to save his life. It still strikes my heart fiercely that Shostakovich lived the life he did under such a terrifying rule under Stalin, but it seems we receive the best from him under such horrible constraints (Your life on the line). So paranoid and saddened by Stalin’s rule, S. kept a suitcase prepared in case if Stalin’s secret police were to receive him unexpectedly.

    Posted by Marcos Gaspar | January 8, 2011, 10:55 pm


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