In Defense of John Williams

Yesterday, NPR ran this feature on All Things Considered. It is mostly an amusing little jaunt through various pieces of music written for the Olympic Games. The story hits many of the genre's highlights, including Spyridon Samaras' Olympic Hymn (1896, Athens), Josef Suk's Toward a New Life (1932, Los Angeles), Mikis Theodorakis' Canto Olympico (1992, … Continue reading In Defense of John Williams

And the Canned Band Plays On

Nearly eight weeks out, and the London Symphony Orchestra has already performed at the opening ceremonies of this summer's Olympic Games. How can something that is scheduled for July 27th, 2012, already have happened? The LSO, apparently under great protest from its musicians and opening ceremonies artistic director Danny Boyle, recently pre-recorded their performance and … Continue reading And the Canned Band Plays On