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  •  The election maybe? (7+ / 0-)

    Anyway I heard the Adagio for the first time around age 10 when some teacher made us watch that film The Trial, by Kafka. I remember being very confused by the film and the haunting music of Albinoni.

    I worked in a record store, yes records, back in the 80's before even digital records. Anyway some ad on tv must have had Pachelbel's canon in it because suddenly there were about 29 recordings of it. One day a woman came in and said "I want the uh...", she couldn't name anything and I said 'Pachelbel's Canon?". Yeah!!

    Anyway I have these 2 pieces lumped together because they become famous when they are used in an ad or movie. I also become a Vangelis fan because of a wine ad.

    That would be a cool diary, pieces that became popular because of an ad on tv.

    I like Emmy's Albinoni, but I don't like the Mahler for obvious reasons.

    Nice diary again!

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    by GustavMahler on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:27:48 PM PST

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    •  I love Mahler also but concerning Vangelis (5+ / 0-)

      What was the wine ad?

      All I remember is 'The Friends of Mr. Cairo' which took me into another world.

      "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

      by shrike on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:35:44 PM PST

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    •  Yup, the Pachelbel and Albinoni get mixed (5+ / 0-)

      up in my head, too.  The Albinoni piece is the superior one.  I haven't heard anything by Albinoni that compares to it, though, so I suspect it's more Giazotto than Albinoni.  

      I think they get lumped together with Barber's Adagio, which worries me, because I love Barber's Adagio and would hate to see it become ice skating music.  I suppose nobody is crazy enough to use it for a perfume ad, though.  

      My first exposure to Barber's Adagio, that I can recall, was in David Lynch's The Elephant Man, and it left me shaken.  That was around 1980.  After that, it started showing up in all kinds of films.

    •  Remember 'Silhouette' on the car commercial? (2+ / 0-)
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      Kenny G's skyrocket to immortality.  People were walking into music stores and asking for 'whatever it was' by singing a few bars...

      Too soon old, too late smart.....

      by DvCM on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 09:16:12 AM PST

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      •  I hear Ravel's String Quartet frequently (1+ / 0-)
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        in some commercial on TV.  Not sure what it was for.  Perfume?  

        There was a car commercial back in the 70s for the Ford Granada that turned me on to Rodriguez's Concierto de Aranjuez.

    •  Or Elvira Madigan? (2+ / 0-)
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      What Emmy leaves out is the third member of the equation: between the composer and the listener falls the shadow - oops, I mean the performer.

      I read recently in a novel that for someone who is not a musician, hearing an imperfect performance is wonderful, because it gives her a perception of the difficult of the music and of the relationship between the music and the musician.  Dumbo, you know this is my particular interest. :)

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      by ramara on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 02:20:23 PM PST

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