Hero: Overture
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If you haven’t seen Hero, first off, you should really put it on your “watch this” list. It’s such a well-done and visually stunning work of art. Its plot is based around a series of historical events that took place around the unification of China as a single nation. So… yeah, not quite the right country for this fandom, but it does have taiko drumming.

Super-abridged summary: there are gorgeous and highly metaphorical combat scenes, a single well-developed and realistic (if tragic) relationship in which the partners have major differences, and the story is told from three sides—each side having a specific color theme and style, with white being the ultimate truth. There’s minimal sex and violence, and nothing explicit in either case. I watched it when I was eight and had to skip only two scenes.

The movie is in fact on Netflix, so if you have a couple hours and good taste… well, you should see how you feel about it. I find that it works wonders for inspiration, even though the movie itself makes me cry every time.

Speaking of which, even if you don’t watch it, I’m putting this link on this blog because if you write or create—in general, but particularly for Hakuōki due to similar plot elements—this soundtrack is heavenly to work with. There are few things more inspiring to me personally than this particular music, especially if you’re dealing with heavier subjects. My absolute favorite isn’t on the official album release, unfortunately, but my next favorites (”Love in Distance” and “Gone with Leaves”) are.

Love this man’s music. He combines the western classical tradition with Chinese classical music as well as folk traditions and things like pouring water and tearing paper. It’s so unlike anything else out there right now.

Just watched "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" for the first time in seriously, three years.

I was obsessed with this movie when it came out.  Shows what taste I had.

This film screams perfection.  Everything about it is just yes.  Ahhh.  Rapture.

Not to mention, Tan Dun (University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award Winner)’s score is divine with Yo-Yo Ma’s cello solos.  

Zhang Ziyi.  Michelle Yeoh.  Chow Yun Fat.  Hello?  Go watch this ten-time Oscar-nominated film now.  It’s superb.

walkthegale  asked:

identity ask meme: 2, 8, 29?

thank you! (identity ask meme)

2. have you ever found a writer who thinks just like you? if so, who?

@shinewithalltheuntold is the other half of my brain. She’s the angst-ridden half and I’m the fluffy half. Other than that, we think very very similarly with writing. When I tell her an idea she gets it and makes it better.

@holdouttrout also just hangs out with me and talks fic in a wonderful way that’s amazing, so Fish gets a hug for being awesome. 

8. what musical artists have you most felt connected to over your lifetime?

Vivaldi, because his music has some musical chaos and a lot of precision. Presto from Summer is my favorite when I have to do something difficult. Sara Barailles, as Uncharted is just…my life in song form. Smetana has this piece, Ma Vlast around there’s a bit around 5 minutes in that I just love. Tan Dun, especially the Hero soundtrack, is another thing I listen to when I’m lost, because it makes me feel grounded. 

Also, John Murphy’s Sunshine, that piece just gets to my soul. 

29. three songs that you connect with right now.

Hmm, feel like I kind of had some above, but….picking three. Depends on what I’m writing. Today it’s this slightly angsty- @wapwani style story so it needs reserved things. 

Light of the Seven by Ramin Djawadi

This star trek medley put together by the Danish Symphony is just awesome and I love it. 

I always listen to Cora’s Waltz when I write her. It helps. 

Tagged by @darknessfactor, thank you. Those are actually useful to keep my random music tastes in check.

Rules: List the top 5-10 songs you’re listening to nowadays and tag people:

1. The Flirtations - Earthquake

2. KONGOS - I want to know

3. Kate Bush - A Coral Room

4. Juliette Armanet - L’Amour en Solitaire

5. Indochine - La vie est belle

6. Tan Dun, Yo-Yo Ma - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

7. Laurent Voulzy - Bopper en larmes

8. Sam Roberts Band - Human Heat

9. ABBA - Me and I

10.  Paradis - Garde Le Pour Toi

Tagging: @sadgirlstudying, @lilywilde, @everybodyknows-everybodydies, @callmedoctorwho, @twenties-sweetheart, @arysavignaniacchan and whoever wants to do it, please do not feel obligated to answer.

August 18 in Music History

1613 Death of Italian composer Giovanni Maria Artusi in Bologna. 

1745 Birth of composer Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner.

1745 Birth of German bass Ludwig Fischer in Mainz.

1750 Birth of Italian composer and conductor Antonio Salieri.

1769 Birth of composer Alexandre Stievenard.

1785 Birth of German pianist Friedrich Wieck in Saxony.

1838 Birth of Austrian baritone Angelo Neumann in Vienna. 

1842 Death of Portugese composer João Domingos Bomtempo in Lisbon. 

1849 Birth of French composer Benjamin Godard in Paris. 

1856 Birth of American composer Charles Hutchinson Gabriel in Wilton, Iowa. 

1856 Birth of composer Jan Karol Gali.

1857 Birth of Rumanian musicologist Eusebius Mandyczewski. 

1859 Birth of Hungarian tenor Desider Aranyi.

1864 Birth of Italian soprano Gemma Bellincioni at Como, Monza. 

1866 Birth of Swedish soprano Martina Petrini in Falun, Sweden. 

1869 Birth of American tenor Ellison Van Hoose in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

1873 Birth of Austrian tenor Leo Slezak.

1873 Birth of American popular music composer Otto Harbach.

1878 Birth of composer Fritz Brun.

1881 Birth of German composer Hermann Zilcher in Frankfurt-am-Main. 

1882 Birth of composer Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau.

1884 Birth of English conductor Basil Cameron in Reading.

1893 Birth of Canadian conductor and composer Ernest C. Macmillan.

1897 Birth of German bass Adolf Vogel, in Munich. 

1902 Birth of composer Julius Kalas.

1903 Birth of composer Ake Olof Sebastian Udden.

1905 Birth of composer Peter Paul Kreuder.

1906 Gustav Mahler conducts Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro in Salzburg. Mozart Festival included Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte conducted by Richard Strauss.

1907 Birth of American composer Howard Swanson in Atlanta, Georgia.

1907 Birth of Canadian tenor Irwin Dillon, in Toronto. 

1907 Birth of composer Otto Mortensen.

1908 Birth of composer Milan Ristic.

1909 Birth of Polish soprano Miliza Korjus. 

1910 Birth of German-born American composer and organist Herman Berlinski in Leipzig. 

1912 FP of F. Schreker’s opera Der ferne Klang ‘The Distant Sound’, at the Opernhaus in Frankfurt.

1914 Death of Russian pianist and composer Annette Essipoff in Leningrad.

1916 Birth of English pianist Dame Moura Lympany.

1920 Birth of Italian tenor Renato Ercolani, in Perugia. 

1933 Birth of Belgian bass Jules Bastin, in Bridge-Ligneuville. 

1933 Birth of Ukranian soprano Bela Roudenko. 

1937 Death of Georgian composer Heraclius Djabadary in Nice.

1938 FP of B. Britten’s Piano Concerto, composer was soloist, at a Proms Concert conducted by Sir Henry Wood at Royal Albert Hall in London.

1940 Birth of American mezzo-soprano Joy Davidson, in Fort Collins,CO.

1942 Death of Austrian composer Erwin Schulhoff.

1944 Birth of English composer Goff Richards.

1944 Birth of Canadian mezzo-soprano Lyn Vernon.

1946 Birth of American tenor Barry Lee Busse, in Gloversville, NY.

1946 Sir Eugene Goossens conducted FP of John Antill’s ballet suite Corroboree in Sydney, Australia.

1950 Birth of Argentinian composer Carlos Micháns in Buenos Aires.

1956 FP of Henry Brant’s On the Nature of Things for spatially grouped instruments and strings, in Bennington, VT.

1957 Birth of Chinese-born American composer Tan Dun in Hunan, China.

1966 FP of Ulysseys Kay’s Markings dedicated to UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester, MI.

1972 Birth of American composer and writer Raymond J. Lustig.

1975 Death of Italian baritone Luigi Borgonovo.

1978 Birth of Russian composer Lev Zhurbin in Moscow.

1981 Death of American composer Robert Russell Bennett in NYC. 

1994 Death of tenor Rodolfo Moraro. 

1994 Death of German bass Gottlob Frick. 

2004 Death of American film music composer Elmer Bernstein.