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Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 2844 comments Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček shows up on the first page of Aomame's story, and follows her through at least in the first book. As your resident music librarian, I thought I'd do a little research.

The recording Aomame listens to at home, halfway through Book 1, is George Szell conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. That link takes you to a YouTube screenshot video of the LP, and only of the first movement (which to me is the only really memorable movement with its almost socialist brass chorus, hehe).

According to the entry in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Sinfonietta is an example of Janáček's programmatic style:
"Even the Sinfonietta is programmatic. His original title ‘Military Sinfonietta’ bears witness to the inspiration of the opening movement in a military band display in Písek; its remaining movements, according to a programme that Janáček described (in jw XV/298), were connected with his feelings about his adopted city Brno."

More to come....

Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 2844 comments One of the meetings Aomame has with the Dowager is accompanied first by Lachrimae Pavane by John Dowland...

And then by the first cello concerto by Haydn. While you can find multiple recordings online, I love the Rostropovich recording.

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Christopher Johnson (the_lost_emperor) | 16 comments I discovered this blog that really goes into a great deal of detail discussing all the music in the book.
Don't miss all 5 parts on the blog.

My favorite reference is towards the end of the book to the song Ue o muite arukō - by Kyu Sakamoto, that took me back to my childhood. Here is a link to the song

Edit: Whoops, looks like I got the song wrong. It's apparently actually Miagete Goran Yoru No Hoshi Wo that is quoted.

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TRP Watson (trpw) | 197 comments Here's a bit of trivia
The movement of Sinfonietta was used in a UK TV series called Crown Court which was a day-time show were a fictional trial would be acted out in front of a jury drawn from the general public

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