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The Late Movies: What Song Are You Listening To? (London, Copenhagen, Singapore, Lisbon, Philadelphia)

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Two weeks ago, I pointed to a street video from New York, in which filmmaker Ty Cullen asked passersby who wore headphones "Hey, what song are you listening to?" Commenters asked for more versions of the video from different cities, and I'm glad to oblige -- other filmmakers around the world have followed suit and posted the results. Below are similar videos from London, Copenhagen, Singapore, Lisbon, and Philadelphia. If you know of other videos, leave links in the comments!

London

Tracklist and more after the jump.

Tracklist:

1. ABBA - Money Money Money
2. Coldplay - Cemetaries of London
3. The Clash - Rock the Casbah
4. Common - Play Your Cards Right
5. Podcast Tour of London
6. The Bravery - An Honest Mistake
7. Corrine Baily Ray - Seasons Change
8. Vangelis - Conquest of Paradise
9. Nadia Ali - Fine Print
10. Plastician - Japan
11. Rihanna - Disturbia
12. Beirut - Elephant Gun
13. Burial - Endorphin
14. Nine Inch Nails - Deep
15. Gospel Choir - You are Worthy of My Praise
16. Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
17. Danny Byrd - Ill Behaviour
18. Bruce Springsteen - Down to the River
19. Podcast Japanese 101
20. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
21. Jay Z - Jigga that N***a
22. Disney's The Jungle Book - I Wanna Be Like You
23. Jessie J - Price Tag
24. Bonobo - Kota
25. Lady Gaga - Highway Unicorn
26. Vybz Kartel - All Out
27. Travis - Love Will Come Through
28. Black Eyed Peas - That's the Joint
29. Drake - Sooner Than Later
30. Fleet Foxes - The Shrine / An Argument
31. Kings of Convenience - I Don't Know What I Can Save You From

Copenhagen

Tracklist:

1. Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rythm Band - Express Yourself
2. Kanye West - All The Lights
3. Seeed - What You Deserve Is What You Get
4. Brandy - Another Day In Paradise
5. Alexandra Stan - Mr Saxo Beat
6. Nelly - Ride Wit Me
7. Adele - Rolling In The Deep
8. Pet Shop Boys - New York City Boy
9. Taio Cruz - Dynamite
10. Foo Fighters - These Days
11. The White Stripes - I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman
12. Nina Hagen - Unbeschriblich Weiblich
13. Anna David - Tæt På
14. The Beatles - Lady Madonna
15. Repo Men OST - 54-46 Was My Number (Toots & The Maytals)
16. Low - I See Everything
17. Yann Tiersen - Amelie Theme
18. Dire Straits - Single-Handed Sailor
19. U$O - Momentet
20. Gavin McGraw - She Holds The Keys
21. Elbow - One Day Like This
22. Ben Harper - In The Colors

Singapore

Tracklist:

Black & Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
Image Of The Invisible - Thrice
The Con - Tegan & Sara
Common Dreads - Enter Shikari
Hello - Porter Robinson
Run Pig Run - Queens Of The Stone Age
Mirrors - Natalia Kills
Love The Way You Lie - Eminem feat. Rihanna
Give Me Everything(Tonight) - Pitbull
I'm Not A Human Being - Lil' Wayne
Bahnhof Rumble - The Chemical Brothers
Swagga - Excision
Nobody's Perfect - Jessie J
??? - ????? - Jay Chou
Can't Nobody - 2NE1

Lisbon

Tracklist:

Lady Gaga - The edge of Glory
Jay Z - 99 Problems
Lil Wayne - Bring it Back
Paolo Nutini - Candy
Kesha - Blow
Aloe Blacc - I need a dollar
Bob Marley - One love
Saphira - Shout in the night
Zeca Afonso - cantar alentejano
Akon - Dont Matter
Lady Gaga - Born this way
Within Temptation - Ice queen
Mac Miller - Nikes on my Feet
Dream Theater - The Dark Eternal Night In-Studio
Best Coast - I want You
Seu jorge - Mina do condominio

Philadelphia

Tracklist:

1. Kanye West - All Falls Down
2 Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
3. Breaking Benjamin - I Will Not Bow
4. Above and Beyond - On a Good Day
5. Kindred the Family Soul - Where Would I Be
6. Balkan Beat Box - Sunday Arak
7. Foals - Total Life Forever
8. Ariel Pink - Gettn High in the Mornin
9. Knaan - Bang Bang
10. Mumford and Sons - WinterWinds
11. Chris Brown - Oh My Love
12. Marc Anthony - El Cantante
13. Wale - Chillin
14. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
15. Yo Gotti - Look In The Mirror
16. MFSB - The Sound of Philadelphia
17. Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
18. DJ Fresh - Gold Dust
19. ColdPlay - In My Place
20. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Satan Said Dance
21. Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
22. Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For
23. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
24. New Villager - Genghis On
25. Rihanna - Whats My Name
26. Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
27. Kenny Chesney - Who You'd Be Today
28. Rick Ross - Aston Martin Music
29. Broken Social Scene - All Hooked Up
30. Jackie Ross - Jerk and Twine

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Big Questions
What's the Difference Between an Opera and a Musical?
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They both have narrative arcs set to song, so how are musicals different from operas?

For non-theater types, the word “musical” conjures up images of stylized Broadway performances—replete with high-kicks and punchy songs interspersed with dialogue—while operas are viewed as a musical's more melodramatic, highbrow cousin. That said, The New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini argues that these loose categorizations don't get to the heart of the matter. For example, for every Kinky Boots, there’s a work like Les Misérables—a somber, sung-through show that elicits more audience tears than laughs. Meanwhile, operas can contain dancing and/or conversation, too, and they range in quality from lowbrow to highbrow to straight-up middlebrow.

According to Tommasini, the real distinguishing detail between a musical and an opera is that “in opera, music is the driving force; in musical theater, words come first.” While listening to an opera, it typically doesn’t matter what language it’s sung in, so long as you know the basic plot—but in musical theater, the nuance comes from the lyrics.

When it comes down to it, Tommasini’s explanation clarifies why opera stars often sing in a different style than Broadway performers do, why operas and musicals tend to have their trademark subject matters, and why musical composition and orchestration differ between the two disciplines.

That said, we live in a hybrid-crazy world in which we can order Chinese-Indian food, purchase combination jeans/leggings, and, yes, watch a Broadway musical—like 2010's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark—that’s billed as “rock opera.” At the end of the day, the lack of hard, fast lines between opera and musical theater can lead composers from both camps to borrow from the other, thus blurring the line even further.

Have you got a Big Question you'd like us to answer? If so, let us know by emailing us at bigquestions@mentalfloss.com.

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Lost Gustav Holst Music Found in a New Zealand Symphony Archive
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English composer Gustav Holst became famous for his epic seven-piece suite "The Planets," but not all of his works were larger-than-life. Take "Folk Songs from Somerset," a collection of folk tunes composed by Holst in 1906 and largely forgotten in the decades since. Now, more than a century later, the music is finally attracting attention. As Atlas Obscura reports, manuscripts of the songs were rediscovered among a lost collection of sheet music handwritten by the musician.

The Holst originals were uncovered from the archives of a New Zealand symphony during a routine cleaning a few years ago. While throwing away old photocopies and other junk, the music director and the librarian of the Bay of Plenty (BOP) Symphonia came across two pieces of music by Holst. The scores were penned in the composer’s handwriting and labeled with his former address. Realizing the potential importance of their discovery, they stored the documents in a safe place, but it wasn't until recently that they were able to verify that the manuscripts were authentic.

For more than a century, the Holst works were thought to be lost for good. "These manuscripts are a remarkable find, particularly the ‘Folk Songs from Somerset’ which don’t exist elsewhere in this form," Colin Matthews of London's Holst Foundation said in a statement from the symphony.

How, exactly, the documents ended up in New Zealand remains a mystery. The BOP Symphonia suspects that the sheets were brought there by Stanley Farnsworth, a flutist who performed with an early version of the symphony in the 1960s. “We have clues that suggest the scores were used by Farnsworth,” orchestra member Bronya Dean said, “but we have no idea how Farnsworth came to have them, or what his connection was with Holst.”

The symphony plans to mark the discovery with a live show, including what will likely be the first performance of "Folk Songs from Somerset" in 100 years. Beyond that, BOP is considering finding a place for the artifacts in Holst’s home in England.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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