Musyc is a very cool app. I don’t really use this for practice or composing but the thought behind it and the way that it works is so fun that I wanted to share it. I mostly consider this app to be a digital kinetic sculpture. Though you can make some interesting music using it and it has the potential to add some fun to a performance.
The day of Hitler’s suicide, American soldiers rolled up the driveway of a quaint villa in Bavaria and found themselves face to face with the eighty-year-old composer Richard Strauss.
When I was writing “The Rest Is Noise,” I became mildly obsessed with this encounter, which seemed to bridge a canyon of time: on the one side, a composer who had been born in 1864, before the founding of the German Empire; and, on the other, Americans who had come of age with Frank Sinatra. The Army established a post in the area, and Strauss had many military visitors. While most of them knew little of classical music—after getting questions about a statue of Beethoven, Strauss muttered, “If they ask one more time, I’m telling them it’s Hitler’s father”—a few proved to be musicians of high accomplishment. The oboist John de Lancie, who had played in the Pittsburgh Symphony before joining the Army, showed up one day and asked Strauss whether he had ever considered writing an oboe concerto. Strauss shook his head, but a seed was planted; some months later, de Lancie was astonished to read, in an Army newspaper, that Strauss had composed an oboe concerto at a soldier’s request.
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