For those who weren't able to attend the Hollywood Bowl concert, it's a ritual there that every concert start with the Star Spangled Banner. Philip Glass Ensemble Music Director Michael Riesman made a special arrangement of our national anthem for the occasion which ended up being a bit controversial. Here is a National Anthem – Riesman of the Riesman arrangement which I quite like.
National Anthem – PGE (arr.Riesman)
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Why was it controversial? I rather like it.
Yeah I don’t hear anything controversial about it. I think it’s classy and sounds great.
The Star-Spangled Banner (1814). FS Key /as played at the la phil concert/
Glass Notes hints at a controversy about the National Anthem at the recent Hollywood Bowl Philip Glass/LA Philharmonic concert. I, of course, like the arrangement. But then, I blog about classic American music, I’m a real patriot since I grew…
I agree. Very classy. Some of the renditions I’ve heard over the years make you cringe. And nobody forgot the words.
love the arpeggios towards the end. reminds me of the candyman music.
I was there… was caught by surprise..
Not that I doubt it… though Glass aficionados probably appreciated it!.
Controversy… have you heard the KRONOS quartet’s version???
AN extremely beautiful version that REEKS of irony…