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An atypical pairing of good music

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Saw links to the two videos below via Twitter earlier today, and I felt compelled to share both of them here.  If they seem like an unlikely match — well, what can I say, I have diverse tastes in music.

The first is Ligeti’s “Hungarian Rock (Chaconne),” originally written for harpsichord but arranged here for barrel organ(!)  by Pierre Charial.

The second is footage of the first-ever public performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana.  Today happens to mark the 22nd anniversary of this performance,  filmed at Seattle’s OK Hotel five months before the release of their seminal debut album, Nevermind.  To put that perspective, there are a year’s worth of people who can now legally drink alcohol in the USA who were born AFTER this video was made.  Yikes.

Props to Brandise Danesewich (Ligeti video) and Charles Noble (Nirvana video) for finding these gems and also having great taste in music.

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