Friday, September 12, 2008
Pops Concert III.A: Metropolis, Dengozo, Destiny Watlz
From 1928, Paul Whiteman's Concert Orch. performing Ferde Grofe's Metropolis (based, at least in part, on themes by Matty Malneck and Harry Barris), which was issued in four parts, one per 12"-78 side. These I have divided into two files. This work works for me, though I could live without the contrived finale. The spooky whole-tone sections (there are many) should put us in a Halloween mood, if the weather hasn't been doing the trick. Around these parts, it has been.
Latin pop (as we know it) didn't start with SAP (Space Age Pop), of course. And no one, hopefully, is claiming it did. But did you know that the genre was fairly old news even by the time of this 1914 recording of Dengozo? I say this as someone slightly surprised, a while back, to discover that Emil Waldteufel's Estudiantina was composed in 1883. And is my blog starting to sound like a journal, or what? Which isn't a bad thing, necessarily.
And... two recordings of Sydney Baynes superb Destiny Waltz (1912), the first from 1914 (the Victor Military band, again), and the second from 1927 (Cole McElroy's Spanish Ball Room Band). McElroy's Spanish Ball Room, says a Google search, was a Portland, Oregon dance hall. A busy one. The label had had me thinking this was a Spanish orchestra, per se, but, no--it's a band associated with a Spanish ballroom. The house band (hall band?).
We'd better get to the music: Pops Concert III.A
(Don't worry about the "III-A" on the file name ((vice III.A)). You're at the right place.)
METROPOLIS (A BLUE FANTASIE) (Ferde Grofe), Parts 1-4--Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orch., 1928. From 78s.
DENGOZO--BRAZILLIAN MAXIXE (Ernesto Nazareth)--Victor Military Band, 1914. From 78.
DESTINY WALTZ (Baynes)--Victor Military Band, 1914. 78.
DESTINY--Cole McElroy's Spanish Ball Room Band, 1927. 78.