holst's the planets

#23- Instruments of the Orchestra

This week, Scott, Karl, and Trent talk about the different instruments of the orchestra.

A Symphony Orchestra is defined as a large ensemble composed of wind, string, brass, and percussion instruments and organized to perform classical music. Karl says, “It’s one thing to have a melody, but really that’s not where it’s at. It’s who plays the melody.”

The trio dives into the different voices in an orchestra that can produce such a rich, well-blended sound. Tune in for more music and ideas, brought to you by onlinegreatbooks.com.

What We Mention:

Two Set Violin

Sir Mashalot Bro-Country Mashup


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  1. Matthew Ebberwein

    Dear Scott, Karl, and Trent,

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy listening to you guys. Just finished binging the last three episodes to finally catch up. I’m a musician myself and it is so refreshing to hear people talk with intelligence and passion about something I know and love. Furthermore, I have learned a ton and gained an appreciation for so many more types of music that I never would have listened to otherwise. One of my favorite parts of the series is from the “Tuning and Temperament” episode when you discuss John Cage and his 4:33 silence. It maddens me that people consider nothingness to be beautiful. God is good and things exist! Good art and music should reflect reality, not seek to escape it.

    Looking forward to the lyrics show and I am excited to hear you’re thinking about doing an Outlaw Country Show. I’d also love to hear a show discussing Emmylou Harris and the origin of the modern Americana movement or I seem to remember Karl throwing out the idea of doing a show on Medieval chant. That’d be awesome!

    Thanks for all the work you guys do!


    P.S. At the risk of bringing up a sore subject: I agree that Bob Dylan is not a good musician. However, I hear covers of his songs all the time that are well done and I often appreciate the poetry within them. Would you agree that Dylan’s songwriting is at least a significant contribution to singer/songwriters of the late 20th century?

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