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Mendelsohn's Symphony on the Run

Listen to the first movement of Mendelsohn's "Italian Symphony", which influenced Angelica Morgan's "Los Angeles Symphony" in TUNE IN, TUNE OUT. Read more:

"It was dark when Angelica pulled up the wide window shade over her desk the next morning. She lit the two candles on either side of her composition paper and notebook and began to plan the “Los Angeles Symphony”. Like Mendelssohn’s “Italian Symphony”, she wanted to evoke the moods of the place. Never had she attempted as ambitious a piece, but the radical differentness of L.A. demanded it. Her first movement needed to convey the pace which was inextricably bound up with cars speeding on freeways. She wanted it to move at twice the tempo of the “Italian Symphony’s” brisk first movement. Maniacal but sane. On the road was where people acted out their hopes, dreams and fantasies. People could be whoever they wanted to be on the 405 in their car of choice. Big, bad and bold. Sleek, sly and sure. Whatever, whomever. Everything was possible. The very act of being on their way typified Los Angeles, where people came to remake themselves, to travel to another identity. “On the Way”, she wrote as the name of the first movement."





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