Aaron Copland`s Symphony No. 3 and The Men Who Killed Kennedy

June 25, 2010 by  
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My favorite documentary of all time is The Men Who Killed Kennedy, produced by Nigel Turner. The History Channel no longer airs it, because of the controversial last episode, first aired in 2003, The Guilty Men. Fortunately, I have recorded the first six parts, but do not have prints of last three parts. However, you can view these rare gems on YouTube. Luckily, consummate censorship has not yet prevailed with this nine part documentary.

If you haven`t already viewed The Men Who Killed Kennedy, I know you will have to, and will want to give it a thorough viewing. Let me list the nine parts for you so you will see what is in store for you. 1. The Coup D`Etat (1988), 2. The Forces of Darkness (1988), 3. The Patsy (1991), 4. The Witnesses (1991), 5. The Truth Shall Set You Free (1995), 6. The Smoking Guns (2003), 7. The Love Affair (2003), 8. The Love Affair (2003), and the most controversial of all, 9. The Guilty Men (2003).

The music chosen for the documentary couldn`t be any more of a perfect fit. It`s the Symphony No. 3 by Aaron Copland, composed at the end of WWII. Only the main theme from this work is played. This theme peaks its head in the 5th movement, the Molto deliberato. I find the theme tends to evoke courage and American patriotism, such as was required by the many Brave Americans who were willing to stand up and expose the conspiracy. Penn Jones, Jr. is a good example of such a courageous American.

Gustav Mahler`s Symphony No. 3 Saves The Day!

October 7, 2009 by  
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gustav mahlerA miracle occurred last night! I was coming up empty handed (bunny-less) as far as pulling a musical rabbit out of my bag of tricks. I was listening to my local classical station (KMFA), when the New York Philharmonic came on with a broadcast of Gustav Mahler`s Symphony No. 3, with Alan Gilbert conducting. I raced over and opened a fresh cassette, popped it in my radio deck, and hit the record button. I am listening to the 90 minute cassette this morning which has preserved most of this majestic symphony of Mahler`s (written from 1893-1896).

From what I can tell, somewhere between 80 and 100 musicians are required here, including vocalists, if not a full choir or two. What is this about? It`s a nature symphony, with passages that mimic spring and summer; in the first movement the god pan rises up from the depths. Mahler has little phrases that describe each of the six movements. 1. Pan awakes, summer marches in. 2.What the flowers in the meadow tell me. 3. What the animals in the forest tell me. 4. What man tells me. 5.What the angels tell me. 6. What Love tells me. (Wiki)venus genetrix

My favorite movement is the last; from what I have read, Mahler saw God as Love. This is the ultimate manifestation of nature and rightly takes its place at the end. With regards to the performance and interpretation of The Philharmonic, I have a recording on RCA Red Seal, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, with David Zinman conducting, to compare it with. And that art by Arnold Bocklin, Venus Genitrix, is an appropriate accompaniment for The Third. For in depth analysis read Henry Louis de La Grange.