[Smt-talk] The Prog-rock Symphony?

David Claman davidclaman at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 19 04:33:14 PST 2009


Not sure if this would fit what you are looking for, but the third "side" of Hendrix' Electric Ladyland, "1983", while in some ways more like a medley, has classical pretensions at points. Has some singing.

David Claman
Assistant Professor of Music
Lehman College-CUNY

From: Dmitri Tymoczko <dmitri at princeton.edu>
To: smt-talk smt <smt-talk at societymusictheory.org>
Sent: Wed, November 18, 2009 6:09:46 PM
Subject: [Smt-talk] The Prog-rock Symphony?

Hi Everyone,

I'm wondering if anyone can help me come up with examples of what I think of as the "Prog-rock Symphony" -- album-length, through-composed instrumental pieces suggesting some sort of classical influence, however vague.

For example, Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells," Zappa's "Grand Wazoo," or Jean-Michel Jarre's "Oxygene."

There are lots of examples with vocals; I'm happy to hear everyone's favorite instances, but I'm particularly interested in instrumental albums.


Dmitri Tymoczko
Associate Professor of Music
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Princeton, NJ 08544-1007
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