Arthur Lourié is one of my favourite composers, and Concerto Spirituale is one of my favourite works by the man. Listen to it. You’ll find it reminiscent of the later Symphony of Psalms, a more well-known work by Stravinsky.
I’m as surprised as you are that I have not yet posted the SIbelius Violin Concerto, given my huge celebrity crush on the man. This is the third movement - I trust that you too will become so enamored of the work that you’ll listen to the first two on your own time. Have fun.
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.