Friday, July 1, 2011

Jean-Baptiste Lully's Marche pour la Cérémonie des Turcs, Performed by Modo Antiquo, Directed by Federico Maria Sardelli

Something delightful (the conductor even resurrects the pounding baroque staff) to accompany Steve Sailer's reminder that while "nice Westerners aren't supposed to incorporate Middle Eastern motifs in their artworks, because that's racist," when mean Westerners do so, the results can be quite extraordinary — More Orientalism, Please.

He notes, "Most of the percussion instruments in the symphony orchestra came from the Turkish music craze of the 18th Century," and links to "Haydn's 100th or Military Symphony" and its "hilarious intrusion of percussion instruments." He also writes, "My favorite recent work of musical Orientalism is Led Zeppelin's 1975 song Kashmir, especially the 1994 live recording by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, a Western orchestra and an Egyptian ensemble," and provides a video.

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