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March 07, 2017


Don Z. Block

How nice to hear some appreciation for Dvorak. Long ago, a neighbor once said that he would not cross the street to listen to Dvorak. I know that there is no accounting for taste, but I hated him for that remark. When I was a kid, I would occasionally hear bits of Dvorak in the background music for westerns that I was watching on Channel 13, "Western Round-Up Theater." It was exciting when my cousin informed me that those themes were from "The New World Symphony," then known as Symphony #5, but now known as #9. And after listening to the entire symphony, I had to become a Dvorak completist.

The westerns and the Flash Gordon serials had terrific background music that sparked my interest in serious music a lot more than Georgia Kieselbach did. The Boccherini symphony, known as "The Devil's Lair," I think, was often used for chase music and for reconnoitering.

A piece of music I have never been able to identify is the theme song for "Western Round-Up Theater." I can hear it in my head right now but have no idea what it is called and where it came from.

Anybody know?


Haha, been attending Met Live in HD since 2008 and this phrase always caught my attention. In one of recent shows, they instead used "Maestro to the ORCHESTRA pit" and that just couldn't do.


Maestro was Ben's nickname for me upon a time. N

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