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 Post subject: George Gershwin-added- Emmanuel Chabrier: Espa~na
PostPosted: May Mon 11, 2020 4:16 pm 
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Didn't know it was him until recently. This tune has been running around my head almost 70 years. First heard on Pittsburgh's Kennywood Park carrousel Wurlitzer. Grandma knew it well enough to sing the chorus.

The media is punched wax paper tape and pneumatics. This particular roll is somewhat an opus for the Wurlitzer 165. I've heard other rolls and they lack the complexity, depth, dynamics.

This link goes to an 'album' where you can also select other CD tracks. Two other favorites you can click on are Our Director and American Patrol. These are all in the 15s~30s era. Pop music wasn't always Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore.

Unless carrousel music makes your teeth hurt reminding you of too much cotton candy, these are something different and pleasant. And rousing. Let it autoplay the next track. If you remember Fred Mertz and Barney Kurtz from I Love Lucy, this is the song they sang after dinner, Oh By Jingo.

Going to provide the lyrics to Arrah Go On; they're quite clever. About an Irish lad from Oregon coming to New York City and finding himself a little over-dazzled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOfPuFj ... E&index=18


Pat McCarty, hale and hearty,
Living in Oregon,
Heard a lot of talk about the great New York;
He left the farm, where all was calm and landed on old Broadway,
He coaxed a little Mary Ann into a swell cafe.
The waiter brought the card and said, "what will you have," to Pat;
Then Pat looked at the prices and he said "I'll have me hat."

Pat McCarty broke the party up into smithereens
Said "your bill of fare, would give a bull scare;
I want to eat, but I repeat, I don't want to buy the place,"
And Mary Ann was sitting with blushes on her face.
She said, "I'll have a little steak, that's all I want right now;"
And Pat said, "what it costs for steaks, why I could buy a cow."

Arrah go on, I'm gonna go back to Oregon,
Arrah go on, I'm gonna go back and stay.
I could buy the horses many a bale of hay,
for all that I'd have to pay to feed a chicken on old Broadway,
Arrah go on, there's somebody back in Oregon,
Who calls me Uncle Pat, not Uncle John;
Arrah go on, go way, go wid yer go way, go wid yer go way, go on,
Arrah go on, I'm gonna go back to Oregon.

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 Post subject: Re: George Gershwin
PostPosted: May Sun 31, 2020 3:02 am 
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Thought we might have some fans of antique pop music and antique mechanical music machines.

Carrousel organ is not a calliope, collection of whistles I find fatiguing to the ear.

Lemme dredge up a nice link to some actual orchestra, playing material from the mid 1800s that's VERY peppy, and has elements of what became rock minus the blues influence.

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 Post subject: Re: George Gershwin
PostPosted: Aug Sat 01, 2020 11:54 pm 
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I just ran across your post - thanks for sharing this (and for providing the lyrics).

Any friend of Kennywood Park is ok in my book. :D


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 Post subject: Re: George Gershwin
PostPosted: Aug Sun 02, 2020 12:49 am 
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Glad to meet you. Grandma lived on Marlborough Ave, some suburb I think, seemed a long way to anywhere else but when you're 6yo.....

The Kennywood Wurlitzer was the first 'live' music I ever heard. Far cry from a skanky table AM 5" speaker. Besides the carrousel, the other thing I remember about Kennywood was a duck pond, where one 'bit' me. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: George Gershwin
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I believe Marlborough Avenue was in Squirrel Hill; I went to Taylor-Allderdice high school just a few blocks away.

I remember when they tore the Pippin roller coaster down at Kennywood to put in the Thunderbolt; I spent a lot of time riding the latter.

Never was bitten by a duck...


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 Post subject: Re: George Gershwin-added- Emmanuel Chabrier: Espa~na
PostPosted: Aug Sat 08, 2020 3:29 am 
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Another story, but I was also bitten by a dolphin. Dogs, not so much.
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As suggested a couple months ago, here is A. Emmanuel Chabrier's Espa~na rhapsody from the late 19th century. The dynamics are ferocious. In concert he is said to have broken pianos. Somewhat like the Beatles, innovative, not formally trained and consequently not constrained by what went before. Espa~na was a 'pop hit' in Europe. Except Spain. Performed by a 'classical' orchestra, the work is ageless. You might catch the phrase that was sampled into Perry Como's 'Hot Diggity Dog'.

This is a difficult work to record and mix such that every nuance can be heard. And the arrangements vary slightly from one performance to the next. This one is fairly representative though if you look I think there are more satisfying versions. E.g., the allegro at the end is rushed IMO.

I first met Chabrier around the age of 8, on an RCA EY-2.

If I run across a better version I will update the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvlD7XYbI_U

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