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New Symphony Uses Car Horn



Nov. 30, 1909, August Bungert 

Nov. 30, 1909: Perhaps you thought George Gershwin was the first composer to use car horns in a piece of music (“American in Paris”). But no. August Bungert uses an auto horn in his new symphonic work, “Zeppelin’s First Voyage”  or “Zeppelins grosse Fahrt.”   Evidently it was a programmatic work and at the end, the airship is destroyed by fire. How Wagnerian!

ps. Gustav Mahler will have something ready early next year.

 
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Zeppelins grosse Fahrt? What you'd expect from such a big windbag.


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