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Music: Your Daily Dose – Dizzy Gillespie Quote

“I don’t care much about music. What I like is sounds.”

Sounds. Not just noise. Not even music so much. Sounds. What Dizzy Gillespie likes is sounds.

Born in 1917 in South Carolina, he began playing music at a very young age. He almost always wanted to be a jazz musician, and eventually he would recieve a music scholarship to attend the Laurinburg Institute but instead chose to pursue his career in music.

From the early parts in Dizzy Gillespie’s career he is mostly remembered for beboppin’ around with Charlie Parker. Gillespie’s early compositions are notable for featuring different rhythms and harmonies than were customary for the swing music at the time.

Dizzy Gillespie is also regarded as one of the forefathers of Afro-Cuban music.

Most people remember Gillespie for his upturned trumpet bell and his massive puffy cheeks that essentially turned his head into a bagpipe. Legend has it some guy fell on his trumpet and he decided he liked the way it sounded while he was playing it better.

 
 

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Music: Your Daily Dose – Sergei Rachmaninoff Quote

“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music”

Though it has not been expressly stated at any point in the short life of this blog, we try to be inclusive of music in all of its forms and manifestations. This is an absurd undertaking, yet, this is okay. This quote explains why this is okay and why in a thousand eternities we will never be without something to write about at Selective Listening.

Sergei Rachmaninoff is widely regarded as one of the last great Romantic composers in Russian music. The size of his hands were bested only by the immense breadth of his freakish memory and virtuosic piano skills. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s large hands actually contributed a great deal to his unique sound and abilities by allowing him to play much larger chords (as in distance between keys on a piano).

One reason his compositions are so popular today is because of the powerfully immense chords throughout his writing.

Fun Fact: Rumor has it that DCI fan-favorite Carolina Crown will be performing Rachmaninoff’s 2nd and 3rd piano concertos as part of their 2011 show “Rach Star.” (Could be pretty fun…)

Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op.3 No.2 in C-sharp minor

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Ben, Music: Your Daily Dose

 

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