Wednesday, February 08, 2006
What kind of music do you like? What an irritating question. However, the advent of the iPod allows an objective judgement: the top 25 tracks feature.
My iPod top 25 most played tracks as of current posting are:
"At the River" sung by Dawn Upshaw, from Charles Ives' "American Songs" sequence, on the John Adams conducted CD "American Elegies"
"Madame Press Died Last Week at Ninety" composed by Morton Feldman, from the same CD
"Bogorditse Dyewo" from Rachmaninov's Vespers, sung by the Bavarian Radio Choir
Extract from the closing section of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony (begining "O Schmerz! Du Alldurchdringer!") from Leonard Bernstein's conduction (sic) of the symphony
"The End of the Affair" from the soundtrack of the same name (indirectly - got this on a "best of") composed by Michael Nyman
"An Ending (Ascent)" by Brian Eno (From Apollo: Atmospheres)
"Serenity" from the same CD as "At the River"
"Tomorrow Belongs to Me" from "Cabaret" (movie soundtrack), rather alarmingly credited to "Nazi Youth" by iTunes
Prelude the Unaccompanied Cello Suite Number 1 composed by JS Bach, performed by Yo Yo Ma (From the "Master and Commander" soundtrack)
"You ain't going nowhere" from "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" by the Byrds
The Radetsky March by J. Strauss - from one of those "Uplifting Classics" type compilations
"Girls" by Death in Vegas - from the "Lost in Translation" soundtrack
"The State I am In" by Belle & Sebastian - from "Tigermilk"
"7/29/04 The Day of" From the Ocean's 12 OST, by David Holmes
"Crepulsco Sul Mare" by Piero Umiliani, from the same soundtrack
"They All Laughed" sung by Fred Astaire, from "Someone to Watch Over Me", a selection of jazz versions of Gershwin songs
"True to Life" by Roxy Music, from "Avalon"
"NYC" by Interpol, from "Turn on the Bright Lights
"On Top" by the Killers, from "Hot Fuss"
"Sarah Dies", again from the End of the Affair OST, composed by MIchael Nyman
"Twisted Nerve" composed by Bernard Hermann, taken from the Kill Bill vol 1 OST
"The Chairman Dances (1985) (Foxtrot for Orchestra)" composed by John Adams, taken from the compilation CD Maximum Minimalists
Another extract from the Resurrection Symphony, this time the very final part of the final movement (immediately following the extract mentioned above)
"Simple Gifts" from Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs" sequence - sung by Thomas Hampson
Finally, the first movement of the Sixth Brandenberg Concerto by JS Bach
So then, having written them out, a final score in terms of composers
Charles Ives 2
JS Bach 2
Michael Nyman 2
Gustav Mahler 2
However one could argue that as John Adams was involved with the American Elegies CD as well as composing "The Chairman Dances"
For a film I haven't seen, "The End of the Affair" features quite highly.
As for those bubbling under, ABC and PJ Harvey (with "Valentine's Day" and "You Said Something" respectively) are just bubbling under.