Friday, June 27, 2008

Classic Arts Showcase background music

A Google search brought someone to Orange Crate Art yesterday looking for the names of the pieces played as background music during station breaks on the Classic Arts Showcase. So far as I can tell, this information is unavailable online. Until now! There are two excerpts:

One is from the overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie, 1817) by Gioachino Rossini. You can watch and listen to a performance on YouTube. The Classic Arts Showcase excerpt is about seven minutes in.

The other excerpt is from the first movement (Allegro non troppo) of Béla Bartók's Divertimento for Strings, Sz. 113 (1939). There's no YouTube performance, but the iTunes sample of the Chicago Symphony's recording has most of the relevant passage.

The Bartók piece has a curious association for me: whenever I hear it, I think of staying up until two or three in the morning reinstalling Windows, when the only television programming worth having on for company was the Classic Arts Showcase.

[Thanks to Elaine, who knew the Bartok and gave me "Rossini overture" with which to go a-fishing.]

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comments: 8

j said...

You can tell what people searched for? I had a meter on my blog, but it recorded the time and the state/country of the visitor.After I got used to people from all over visiting, it was not interesting. Now, why they came- that would be interesting.(And how kind of you to find the information and post it. )

Michael Leddy said...

StatCounter shows how people get to a page, which can be pretty interesting (at least to the page's "owner"). I think that such info is available with Site Meter, but I find StatCounter a lot more usable.

I've written a few posts in response to Google searches. This one I'm proudest of: "Please Don't Smoke".

Anonymous said...

At last, my search for the string music used on Classic Arts Showcase is at an end! I had consulted the FAQs at their website and found nothing. Facebook; no results. Even their YouTube channel was no help; interesting that their YouTube channel has no videos.

Creative Googling brought me to your blog.

Anyway, hubby guessed Khatchaturian, and I guessed "either Stravinsky or Bartok; but probably Bartok."

So, woohoo!

Thanks for blogging this. :)

Michael Leddy said...

You’re welcome, Anon. :)

Bernie said...

I had tried to do a google search before but didn't find anything--but my friend Elaine just said the other piece was Rossini, which gave me the tools to go fishing for the Bartok--I found your page and see you were helped by your Elaine.

Michael Leddy said...

Aren’t Elaines wonderful? :)

Glier said...

Bartok : Divertimento, for string orchestra, Sz. 113, BB 118: I. Allegro non troppo

Now is available in youtubesince february 201, hope everybody gets this news because this piece is beautiful, makes me remember my mischieving youth

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for sharing the link, Glier.