Mozart, sort of Congratulations to Bob and Kristi who both guessed today's mystery piece, the Overture to The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Mozart. We heard the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leopold Hager. (Novalis 150041.) Monday's mystery involves The Bad News Bears.
I was sitting on the sofa, suffering through shingles. I finished the NY Times crossword puzzle, read some of Patricia O'Connor's The Origin of the Specious, watched an episode of Judge Pirro. Looking for further distraction, I fired up the first season of TheWest Wing. As the pilot started, with that impossibly beautiful song playing over the opening credits, it struck me: where have all the theme songs gone?
Rimsky-KorsakovTodayâ€™s mystery piece: Rimsky-Korsakovâ€™s â€śProcession of the Noblesâ€ť from Mlada. Itâ€™s ashort work by a Russian composer with sailing experience. His family pushed him to serve in the Navy, so he enlisted.
Today, June 2nd, we heard Smetanaâ€™s Overture to The Bartered Bride. Smetana was a Czech composer who founded a school in Prague in 1848. This piece is the overture to a hugely successful comic opera. The composer saw the 100th performance of this opera, which was a milestone in the history of Czech opera. By 1952, it had been performed a thousand times at Pragueâ€™s National Theater! Tomorrow, our mystery piece is from an opera inspired by Wagnerâ€™s "Ring" cycle.