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Larry Franz

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Some 30 years ago, there was a note in a newspaper or music magazine about a contemporary classical music composer who had written a piece based on songs by the Beach Boys. The piece was called "I Wish They All Could Be".

After thinking about this piece of music off and on since then, and getting confused about the composer's name, today I went looking for it again and found it.

The composer's name is Conrad Cummings. From his site:
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Growing up a classical music kid in fog-soaked San Francisco, the Beach Boys were my secret musical alter-egos. Not the tormented genius of Brian Wilson, but the deceptively simple, sun-drenched, laid back, exuberant hymns of “California Girls,” “I Get Around,” and “In My Room.”

“I Wish They All Could Be. . .” takes fragments from these three songs, with all their loose-jointed, sauntering gaits, and puts them next to the other world I lived in as a teenager: tense, precise, super-focused classical piano lessons.

The two worlds don’t mix at first, they just butt up against each other, but something grows out of that jostling.

The piece has two versions, one for solo piano, and this one for instrumental octet.

— Conrad Cummings


Hearing Smile for the first time after 30 years was much better, and it makes use of Brian's songs the way a contemporary classical composer would (they're mostly fragments that are repeated several times), but I kind of like it.

It's 14 minutes long. The whole thing can be heard if you click on the Audio tab.

http://www.conradcummings.com/portfolio-item/i-wish-they-all-could-be-2/#tab-id-1



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Hey Larry - Thanks for keeping this in the back of your mind for 30 years.  I continue to be awed by Brian's influence, both mainstream and crossover.  I like the quote "deceptively simple, sun-drenched, laid back...[beach music]."
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That was cooler than I was expecting, especially from 1.30. 

Thanks for finding this, Larry.

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I love this!  Thanks for the link. 
Along the same lines, if anyone finds a video of Twyla Tharp's Deuce Coupe that's longer than 3 minutes, I would love to see it.  Her troupe performed a revival in NYC last winter during the worst snowstorm ever.  Still haven't seen it.
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I can't listen to it yet, because Mrs. C. is asleep in this room and doesn't want to be disturbed.  Promise to weigh in later.

Mr. C.

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Cosmic.  Thanks.
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