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Musical Parodies

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« on: May 18, 2021, 03:49:43 pm »

I think you'd have to go a long way to beat Malcolm Arnold's A Grand, Grand Festival Overture op 57 as written for one of the Hoffnung Festivals in the 1950s. It parodies just about every convention you can think of. And while I'm on the subject of Hoffnung Festivals, Donald Swann's send-up of the Andante of Haydn's Surprise Symphony is hilarious. Likewise, Franz Reizenstein's Concerto Popolare for Piano and Orchestra, which welds/stitches/nails together Grieg, Tchaikovsky's 1st and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue into a sort of Frankenstein's Monster of a concerto, is hysterical. The only problem is that for a few weeks after hearing it, you can't listen to any of the original pieces without expecting to be tipped headlong into one of the others at any moment.

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