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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000557.txt from 2004/10

From: (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: Re: [kl] Opera productions that should be damned
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 00:17:55 -0400

I wrote:

> "Sing Sing Sing" is certainly an example of
> re-casting an ancient tune into modern style,
> and it still appeals

Bill Hausmann asked:

> Ancient tune? To the best of my knowledge, it
> was a Jimmy Mundy original.

That was my mental error. Sorry. I meant "And the Angels Sing".

"Ancient" was probably an overstatement also since I don't know how old
the original tune actually is; but I suspect it goes as far back as some
of the operas that we've been discussing.

Here's a quote from an article that talks at length about adaptations of
Hebrew music, and the barriers that arose to such adaptations:

> That same year, Benny Goodman cut his
> classic rendition of "And the Angels Sing."
> based on a well-known klezmer dance tune,
> [snip] the swing portion is proudly
> up-to-date, with contemporary harmonies and
> voicings, the klezmer interlude seems frozen
> in time, a nostalgic window into an era which
> has passed

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