October 2, 2008

And speaking of politics...

Like nearly everyone else, I'll be on the edge of my couch tonight, watching the VP debates, furiously munching something satisfying. It got me thinking that we have some perfect election season repertoire coming up. Check out the opening Phils concert -- Shostakovich's Festive Overture celebrated the 37th anniversary of nothing less than the Bolshevik Revolution, and Beethoven's Emperor Concerto was written against the backdrop of Napoleon’s power grab, with artillery wreaking havoc on Beethoven’s hearing. And on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, Tchaikovsky's Marche Slav used three Serbian tunes to express support for that country, at war with Turkey. Wow.

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