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|Posted: 2010-04-03 07:36 am  Permalink|
I agree..especially about proto-exotica.
I can name two or three other noteworthy examples of proto-exotica:
Prelude to the afternoon of a fawn: Debussy
Daphnes et Chloe: Ravel
Of course there are others, but these particular ones have always struck me as being the template for people such as Les Baxter.
In Prelude to the Afternoon of a fawn, there are moments where you can picture coming in over a tropical beach with an airplane and seeing the stunning reefs and aquamarine water..the music has all the feeling of Baxters stuff, but is of course missing the bongos and vibes of true exotica. Funny thing is, it is about a moment in a European forest, and therefore has nothing to do with exotic locales....but the music is exotic sounding!
In Sheherezade, we see an obvious connection to the early Turkish craze that swept through Europe, one of the precursors to the exotic lifestyle.
If anyone purchases any of the selections I mentioned above, make sure you get the orchestral arrangements, not just a solo piano version. The orchestral arrangements of that time period (Romantic/Impressionist) featured a lot of harps, flutes and exotic sounding percussion (which was a big change from the standard orchestration of the "classical" era)
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