The Old Castle
The music I picked is The Old Castle, movement #4 from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. I guess I chose an easy target, considering that Pictures is basically a suite of pieces about paintings done by a friend of the composer. So, visual hints abound. Still, Mussorgsky knew his stuff. The song is slow, in a minor key, and is pretty sparse and dirge-like. Bassoons drone across the bottom like planks. Basses plunk now and then like load-bearing columns, all of which is background for a now-and-then saxophone melody that sounds nearly off key. It sounds tired and crooked. If dust had a theme song, this would be it.
Link to a sample at amazon for the curious. track four.
Labels: Week 15