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It’s time to admit I have a problem…

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I wrote one more #operaplot tweet today. It’s for Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. But as a rap. I thought that would be particularly appropriate, since the whole show is about Oedipus’s hubris, which seems to fit right into the rap genre.  So this is what I came up with…

Oedipus Rex

Ego Rex,yo! With my mad flow. Tiresias be hatin on my bling tho. Cuz I’m the king, aint no other. Is my ho fly? Word to my mother! #operaplot

See how I snuck the latin in there?

The problem is, it wouldn’t leave my head. I kept on singing the damn thing all day. So tonight, instead of promoting my string quartet, or working on my opera, (or packing for my trip to LA tomorrow), I spent my precious few free hours after rehearsal trying to produce a passable hip hop track.

So, with my sincere apologies, I will subject you to the results.

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ed: I think I mispronounced the “ego” at the very beginning.  (Should be aego, not eego).  My latin teacher would kill me.  If I had ever taken latin.

If you’d like to read my other #operaplots, you can find them here and here.  I also made a fairly ridiculous attempt to classify the many hundreds of #operaplots that others have written.

16 Responses to It’s time to admit I have a problem…

  1. Dave Moschler says:

    I have to say Brian, this is pretty amazing. Sort of like Prince Paul meets PDQ Bach. Definitely one of the best #operaplots I have ever seen (does #operaplot allow submissions for opera-oratorios?).

  2. Becky says:

    Love this Brian!

  3. Andy Mayo says:

    Actually, it sounds like Humpty. I think you’ve got an 80’s thing going on, or perhaps an early 90’s thing. But don’t quit the day job…

  4. Jennifer Peterson says:

    Word, yo. #operaplot

  5. Michael Fitch says:

    Guess what Stravinsky is going in his grave right now?




    Decomposing!
    (Ha ha, you thought I was going to say Rolling over!)

    Truly one of the best raps I’ve heard in the CIR (Caucasian Intellectual Rap) genre.

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  7. […] rhyming couplets and limericks as well as dazzling displays of wit.  There’s even been a rap and an epic film […]

  8. Sister says:

    Oh no he di’int’.

  9. […] A hysterical rap by Brian Rosen. Watch out, he’s going neo-classical on yo’ ass. […]

  10. Gale Martin says:

    This was brilliant!!!! Good luck from a fellow wangsta.

  11. […] Best Creative Use Of An #Operaplot: Brian Rosen (MusicVsTheater) for his Oedipus Rex rap […]

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  13. […] Did you have a favorite–yours or anyone else’s? I thought Brian Rosen’s Oedipus Rex rap #operaplot was brilliant. Probably made more brilliant by the fact that he recorded it: http://blog.musicvstheater.com/2010/04/30/operaplot-madness/  […]

  14. […] my way back to the office, I stopped to grab food, and ran into our friend Brian of the #operaplot rap back in the day, and a very sweet member of the Adler fellowship, also named Brian. He was studying […]

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More #Operaplotting

Instead of working on my own opera I seem to be spending the night trying to summarize other operas in under 130 characters. Hmmm… Maybe in a few years people will be trying to summarize Failing That in under 130 characters. Assuming I’m finished in a few years. Here’s the latest batch: La Boheme “OMG,Continue Reading

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  1. Andy Mayo says:

    Salome:

    Do we shiver in anticipation or dread when she takes her clothes off? And is it less horrifying than the head of John the Baptist?

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Operaplot: easily digestible operachunks.

If you’ve been following my tweets, you may have noticed that it’s #operaplot season! What? You haven’t heard about #operaplot, the brainspurt of that blogging genius over at The Omniscient Mussel? Well, it’s high time you learned. The rules are simple. Summarize an entire opera in one tweet (ie 140 characters, including the hashtag #operaplot). YouContinue Reading

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  1. gerald rosen says:

    How about some classics:

    La Boheme
    Sub-let available in Soho walk-up. Previous occupant denied treatment by insurance company.

    Madam Butterfly
    Mixed race child up for adoption. Mother comitted suicide because of misunderstood e-mail.

    Tosca
    Sheriff murdered by opera singer. Met contract cancelled. Prominent artist shot in suicide pact.

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Collect all three!

The string quartet is DONE! Actually, it was done a year ago, but now it’s been premiered, recorded, annotated, and released to the public. The third movement Off the Rails is finally available for listening and downloading and reading about and whatnot. So what happens now? Hmm. Good question. I’ve already submitted it to severalContinue Reading

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Alex Ross and Ethan Iverson make noise in San Francisco

Alpha blogger/critic/author/MacArthur grant recipient Alex Ross was in town Saturday to support his comprehensive examination of the twentieth century through music, The Rest Is Noise, and probably to prime the pump for his second book, Listen to This.   (Thanks to Amanda Ameer’s Life’s A Pitch blog for giving me the heads up.) Ross’s bookContinue Reading

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My Spoon is Too Big! The non-invisible Don Hertzfeldt.

I just got home from the the San Francisco International Film Festival where they awarded animator Don Hertzfeldt their (somewhat cloyingly named) “Persistence of Vision” award. The presentation featured a 90 minute long selection of his works followed by a (too) brief question and answer session. I had already seen almost all of the filmsContinue Reading

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John Adams thinks your piece sucks

John Adams just wrote a very funny blog post about master classes.  I happen to know he just gave one over at the San Francisco Conservatory last week, so the timing of this blog entry is probably not a coincidence. It’s a little nerve wracking reading through it. How does my string quartet match hisContinue Reading

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  1. David Rodwin says:

    Thanks for the share. I just added a comment to the page. I didn’t realize John had a blog. I’ll start following it.

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Radiohead + Bluegrass = Crazy Delicious

Time for another transformative cover.  This time the source material is Radiohead’s Morning Bell  This track isn’t exactly uncoverable.  There’s plenty of harmonic and melodic material in there with room for an artist to interject their own sensibilities. And now here’s a cover by bluegrass super group, The Punch Brothers.   That’s right, bluegrass.  ChrisContinue Reading

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On the virtues of being baked

Two weeks ago I swung by the free Hot Air Music Festival at the SF Conservatory.  It was an all day affair with dozens of pieces from composers who, save for four, all shared a trait that almost guarantees that they’ll be largely unknown and unheard, specifically, they’re alive. I was only able to attendContinue Reading

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Speaking of Pulitzers, look who just got one!

Hilary Hahn! Well… Kinda. Actually it was Jennifer Higdon who won the Pulitzer for a violin concerto written for Hilary Hahn. Most folks have never heard of this composer, but if you followed the links from my earlier post about Hilary, you may have stumbled upon her interviews with this now Pulitzer Prize winning composer.  It’s almostContinue Reading

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