Paul Henry Smith & The Fauxharmonic Orchestra | Ride of the Valkyries

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Ride of the Valkyries

by Paul Henry Smith & The Fauxharmonic Orchestra

One of the most popular pieces of music of all time. Associated with war because in the original opera the Valkyries swept over battlefields determining who would live or die. Heard in many films, such as Apocalypse Now and What's Opera, Doc?
Genre: Classical: Wagner
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This is one of the coolest pieces of music ever created. Maybe the coolest. It's hard not to actually get on a horse and gallop like the wind down the street when you hear it. Make sure there are no horses near you, then. Unless you know what you're doing and have your bridle license.

"Genuinely impressive." -- The New York Times

"Lush and lovely." -- Electronic Musician


About Paul Henry Smith

Paul Henry Smith uses digital orchestral instruments made from the finest sample library collections in the world. He calls this new-fangled instrument the Fauxharmonic Orchestra. Smith has decades of experience working with orchestral sound, complex scores and digital technology. He studied conducting with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood and with Sergiu Celibidache at the Curtis Institute of Music and in Munich. He has studied orchestration and composition with Richard Hoffmann, Lukas Foss and Steven Scott Smalley. His career is devoted to teaching musicians how to achieve greatness in performance and to promoting and improving digital musical instruments.

Since 2003 he has been perfecting his digital orchestra, accompanying soloists, performing live concerts and creating recordings for composers and filmmakers. His live performances have been supported by Bang & Olufsen and he has appeared with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.

In the 1980s, as a visiting researcher at MIT’s Media Lab, Mr. Smith worked on early digital orchestra systems and one of the first computer-controlled Bösendorfer pianos created by Wayne Stahnke (The 290 SE). His high-quality orchestral performances are increasingly sought for film and television scores, as well as for insightful interpretations of concert music.



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