Thursday February 27th 2014

What’s a Tone Poem?

If you walked down the street in any major city and asked random people that question, do you think they’d know the answer? We tried a little experiment, not approaching the man on the street, but selecting a few people from our email list. None of those queried actually knew, and the answers ranged from reasonable guesses (a poem set to music) to the amusing (romantic prose written by a body builder).

According to the dictionary, a tone poem is: A piece of music, most popular in the late 19th century, that is based on an extramusical theme, such as a story or nationalistic ideal, and usually consists of a single extended movement for a symphony orchestra.
Ricky’s pattern in the October issue, Spooky Tree, is a cool little takeoff on a work-in-progress-quilt inspired by both a tone poem (Night on Bald Mountain by the Russian composer Mussorgsky) and Mr. Potato Head. You’ll have to see it to understand.

And by the way, if you go to YouTube and search for Night on Bald Mountain, you’ll be able to listen to the music. Pretty spooky!

Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend. Hope you have time to sew.

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