Cartoon Music (Liszt)

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Not movie music, maybe, but definitely cartoon music.

Tonight I was driving down a dark country road when Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 came on the radio. That's a classic that—I have no doubt whatsoever— I was introduced to by way of cartoons. It starts off so somber in tone, but by the end you feel like running around like a nut—like a kid. Every phrase of that piece has appeared in a cartoon in contexts ranging from funeral marches to bullfights to French Can-Can girls raising their skirts.

The particular recording I heard was conducted by Kurt Masur, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra on Phillips. The bass strings were killer!

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