The Composer is Dead: Lemony Snicket and Nathaniel Stookey

The Composer is Dead: Lemony Snicket and Nathaniel Stookey

the composer is dead the composer is status of work for a narrator an orchestra that introduces the orchestra to people who may otherwise be unfamiliar with it or reintroduces the orchestra to people who are familiar with it we love classical music we hoped that that people would listen to this piece and think gosh that's exciting I mean this can do all these things that I didn't think an orchestra could do a person who sits in a room muttering and humming and figuring out what notes the orchestra is going to play this is called composing but last night the composer was not muttering he was not humming he was not moving or even breathing this is called decomposing it is a piece that is designed to be performed for a narrator an orchestra and then it also exists as a recording by the San Francisco Symphony it also exists as a book with the recording tucked into the back and so I like to think that the the live performance of the piece is kind of a butterfly and the recording is kind of a pinning down of the barbed wire and then the book is putting the pinned butterfly in a small glass box for people to stare at not unlike myself the composer is dead begins with a composer who is dead his death is suspicious and thus an inspector is called and the inspector knows there are enemies of the composer lurking in the orchestra and so interrogate the orchestra section by section perhaps the murderer is lurking in the woodwinds where were you last night woodwinds speak up speak up and each section of the orchestra provides an alibi of varying credibility and also shows off a bit in terms of its own range we were doing bird imitations said the flutes the shiniest and highest pitched of the woodwinds it seems like that's all we ever do whenever the orchestra needs a bird there we are well I like to think of the composer his dad a sort of a gateway drug that will lead to a lifelong addiction to classical music for me it was Beethoven's third Symphony the Eroica that kind of broke it wide open you know I couldn't stop listening to it and it's like any other addiction before I knew what I was listening to it alone I was listening to it in the morning and on slowly I went from Beethoven it's a Bach I went from Bach to Mahler I went from Mahler to Shostakovich you see that's that's that's that's a big song there and I hope that that wrong will spread like a virus oh the viola I forgot all about you everyone forgets about us said the violas bitterly we play the notes and the chords that nobody cares about we play crucial countermelodies nobody hears we often have to stay late after performances and stack up all of the chairs the music covers a quite a lot of territory because I wanted people to get the sense that the orchestra can do just about anything there's a waltz there's a scene in a nightclub that's basically techno then there's this incredibly menacing music every time he says their word dead which is this you know rolling thundering low brass fanfare of doom that I wish I could hear every time I said the word dead just in everyday life they should have I was thinking the other day an orchestra in the lobby of every hospital so that when people came in and they would say how is you know aunt Evangeline and they would say I'm afraid I have some bad news and then there would be a tooth anyway and it would rise and rise they would say but she's dead and then there would be that beautiful fanfare of course for employees of the gift shop and things like that it would be quite tiresome to hear it over and over again dead Schubert's unfinished but it's like an episode of law and order combined with a symphony by Shostakovich petering the wolf and the young person's guide are still played all the time and we hope that people keep listening to this piece and that orchestras will keep playing it I hope as long as there are orchestras that orchestras will play the composer is dead and when there are no more orchestras I hope the world ends if you want to hear the work of the world's greatest composers you're going to have to allow a little murder here and there but but that's injustice by the inspector those who want justice said the orchestra can go to the police station but those who want something a little more interesting should go to the orchestra you

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  • annacoribioanna says:

    it was amazing! another sold out show and can't wait for next year!! the best was a little girl that jumped out of her chair to dance the closing song… ..

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