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Archive of posts tagged Stravinsky

How to make a Musical Funny

Mozart wrote a song called Leck mich im Arsch or ‘Lick me in the asshole’, a minute long song for six male voices―castrati preferred. He also loved ‘farted on‘ jokes. The oldest recorded joke from Sumeria is of this style. Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in […]

All Hail the Holy Half Whole

Chucky and Petrushka: Minions of the Octatonic There is one scale that is so deliciously evil, it hasn’t been heard for an hundred years. It goes by many names ― Octatonic (for its eight tones), Symmetric (for its perfect triadic symmetry), Diminished (for its Twin Diminished Keys), and Synthetic (for its artificial origins). This scale […]


Igor Stravinsky relates the following story in his “Conversations with Robert Craft” (Now with computerized sounds!): “On a recent visit to Asolo, to see the composer Malipiero, I was strongly reminded of D’Annunzio. Malipiero has a most extraordinary and not entirely un-D’Annunzian house himself, a fine Venetian building on a hillside. One enters under a […]