Today is my birthday, so I felt that Stravinsky’s Greeting Prelude, which was in fact based on the tune of “Happy Birthday”, would be appropriate. Also, it’s really late and I may or may not have spelled the above correctly - I honestly can’t tell. Anyway, listen to this.
Oh my God, I feel like I’m listening to this piece anew. I’ve definitely fangirled over Salonen before, given that I MET HIM IN FEBRUARY, but here I am fangirling some more. HE’S COMING BACK TO MY TOWN AND PERFORMING THIS PIECE. It’s called Nyx.
Not throat-singing, but vocal fry - this piece features an oktavist, someone who sings an octave below most bass singers. Apparently they feature in Russian Orthodox vocal music. This is a piece called “Ne otverzhi mene” (Do not reject me) by Pavel Chesnokov.
I’ve gotten kind of good at throat-singing, actually. Here’s some more. This is Imre Peemot, a Finnish throat singer in the Tuvan style performing the song “Kolhozhu men,” which I can only assume is about kolkhozy, but I have no idea. Enjoy.
Lately I’ve been teaching myself how to throat-sing. It’s not going terribly. Therefore, I’ve been listening to a lot of music involving throat-singing. I’ve posted some Alash, in the Tuvan tradition. Here’s a completely different tradition - the Sardinian folk tradition of cantu a tenore. I’ve been listening to this pretty much exclusively. Here’s a group, called Tenores di Bitti.