By way of supplementing my playlist of great songs with a little series on great theme-tunes (below):
This episode [sic] on Brevity, with a playlist of miniature gems encompassing Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Satie, Webern, Boulez, Zorn, Napalm Death, Bartók, Kurtag, and Ligeti, is full of fine observation—under the headings of absurdity, immediacy, density, violence, and eternity.
Irrespective of genre, such pieces are microcosms, crafted with a range of expression and intensity—akin to haiku (see under Some posts on Japanese culture) or netsuke.
Also among the fleeting exhibits is the great Carl Stalling, composer of classic soundtracks for Warner Brothers cartoons (these playlists should work if you click on YouTube at the bottom right of the window):
Not forgetting Scott Bradley, of Tom and Jerry fame:
So here are some thoughts on great theme-tunes:
- The iconic Pearl and Dean theme
- Parks and recreation
- and indeed the musical treasury of Family guy (also here).