March from "The Nutcracker Suite"

December 2, 2015 7:19 PM

If synthesizers were around, would Peter Illich Tchaikowsky have used one?

I used abridged piano sheet music, not the real score. I added several parts, and played the whole thing on a Yamaha MOX6, just to see how it would sound. I really cheated by creating a MIDI recording at a reduced tempo. Hope you like it.

posted by AppleSeed (5 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I close my eyes. I am transported to a Caldor department store, or maybe it's a Lechmere, and it's December 1985. I walk by the Casio display. On the first keyboard I see, there's a button marked DEMO. I press the button. This is the song I hear.
posted by not_on_display at 10:17 PM on December 2, 2015 [2 favorites]

If synthesizers were around, would Peter Illich Tchaikowsky have used one?

Sure, he liked all kinds of colorful and gaudy sounds (and he made good use of them - I'm not being derogatory). If he'd had electronic things to go whoosh, blurp, and peeeeooooow, he would have taken advantage of them. He might have sulked and wondered if he was making a mistake, but he would have done it.
posted by Wolfdog at 10:40 AM on December 3, 2015

Man, this makes me want to buy an old MT-32.
posted by grumpybear69 at 1:05 PM on December 3, 2015

I mean really, would Peter "let's put cannons in the percussion section" Tchaikovsky have been above putting some distorted Massive wubs in the bass section? He would not have been.
posted by Wolfdog at 1:19 PM on December 3, 2015 [3 favorites]

So did you buy the department store synth, or when you back was it...not on display?
posted by AppleSeed at 7:33 PM on December 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

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