Janacek

For reasons best known to Haruki Murakami, Janácek’s Sinfonietta is a major thematic element in 1Q84. (For reasons best known to WordPress, they don’t provide any way that I can see to add that accent-thingy over the “c” in “Janacek”.)

Here is the last movement, played at the Proms.  Most of the comments about the video have to do with 1Q84.  One guys says: “Well, I enjoyed that, so that’s one single positive thing I can say about 1Q84: it went on about this so much I felt obliged to look it up.”

It’s worth cranking the volume up to 11 for the final couple of minutes, where every horn player in London gets to join in: