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by MaestroDJS
Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Coming up at the NY Phil: "Frankenstein!!"
Replies: 7
Views: 1436

Re: Coming up at the NY Phil: "Frankenstein!!"

A nice alternative to "Messiah" for the holiday season Seeing "Frankenstein" and "Messiah" in the same post prompts me to dream up this news item I'd love to see about creating a monster. :D Headline: "Nutty Crasher Ballets Discontinued" Chicawguh — Attempting emulate the annual Do-It-Yourself "Mes...
by MaestroDJS
Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on the works of Jascha Heifetz.
Replies: 41
Views: 2550

Re: Opinions sought on the works of Jascha Heifetz.

I'm with you, chalkie. There is simply far more music available than any single person can absorb, and you have to pick your spots. And you are always willing to re-test your assumptions by trying a second time. The difficulty is distinguishing that which we've superceded and put behind us, versus ...
by MaestroDJS
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!
Replies: 13
Views: 2035

Re: Happy Birthday, Holden Fourth!

Donald Isler wrote:Happy Birthday to our distinguished Australian colleague, whose birthday is January 13th!
That's cause for celebration with one of my favorite works by an Australian composer!

Edward Neeman plays Sonata Ballade by Roy Agnew
by MaestroDJS
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How Do You Rate Hugo As An Opera Librettist?
Replies: 20
Views: 3835

Re: How Do You Rate Hugo As An Opera Librettist?

That's very lively and interesting, and it gives an idea of how popular Victor Hugo's writings were in the 19th century, and why. Of course he wrote no opera librettos himself, but his plays and novels were the basis of countless operas of the 19th and early 20th century, not without reason. Some d...
by MaestroDJS
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Henningmusick
Replies: 545
Views: 124310

Re: Henningmusick

I really like that music of yours Karl :wink: Agreed! My own compositional efforts have declined due to other demands (better too busy than not enough), but Audible Books used some of my music in their audio versions of my wife's latest 4 books. Meanwhile, I can enjoy the composition process vicari...
by MaestroDJS
Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: US composers by regions and states
Replies: 21
Views: 2261

Re: US composers by regions and states

piston wrote:even in South Carolina.......
Carlisle Floyd
by MaestroDJS
Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinions sought on the works of Jascha Heifetz.
Replies: 41
Views: 2550

Re: Opinions sought on the works of Jascha Heifetz.

Heifetz was so concentrated on his playing that he grew frustrated teaching students who were not so similarly obsessed, or so I've heard. I've heard that too, and the films of his master classes seem to bear that out. It's interesting to contrast this with a remark by the teenage Heifetz, so appar...
by MaestroDJS
Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How Do You Rate Hugo As An Opera Librettist?
Replies: 20
Views: 3835

Re: How Do You Rate Hugo As An Opera Librettist?

Victor Hugo , by Camille Saint-Saëns Reprinted from Musical Memories (Chapter III), by Camille Saint-Saëns English translation by Edwin Gile Rich, 1919 Everything in my youth seemed calculated to keep me far removed from romanticism. Those about me talked only of the great classics and I saw them w...
by MaestroDJS
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: US composers by regions and states
Replies: 21
Views: 2261

Re: US composers by regions and states

Peter Schickele was born in Ames, IA, but grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, and we North Dakotans claim him as one of us. Nice state, North Dakota. Friendly people, and the East 40 Chophouse in Bismarck was fabulous. Peter Schickele is a fine composer indeed. I love both of his piano quintets. Peter ...
by MaestroDJS
Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: US composers by regions and states
Replies: 21
Views: 2261

Re: US composers by regions and states

Montana: I've been in all 50 states, and manage to find some interesting music just about everywhere. During a trip to Montana, I heard about Turkish-American composer Kamran İnce, who was born to American and Turkish parents in 1960 in Glendive, eastern Montana. His family moved back to Turkey whe...
by MaestroDJS
Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leopold Stokowski vs. Instrumental Soloists
Replies: 6
Views: 1848

Re: Leopold Stokowski vs. Instrumental Soloists

The same is true of Arturo Toscanini. His recorded legacy is pretty conservative, but his actual concert and broadcasting programs are surprisingly varied. Sergei Rachmaninoff also wanted to record much more than he did, but management allowed only the most commercially viable recordings. The common...
by MaestroDJS
Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leopold Stokowski vs. Instrumental Soloists
Replies: 6
Views: 1848

Re: Leopold Stokowski vs. Instrumental Soloists

This might demonstrate that official recordings give only incomplete pictures of an artist. Apparently Stokowski performed in concert or on radio broadcasts with instrumental soloists much more often than I realized, but for various reasons they issued relatively few commercial recordings together. ...
by MaestroDJS
Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leopold Stokowski vs. Instrumental Soloists
Replies: 6
Views: 1848

Leopold Stokowski vs. Instrumental Soloists

Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) was one of the great conductors of the 20th Century, yet he made surprisingly few recordings with an instrumental soloist. It has been suggested that his quest for control and self-sufficiency made him reluctant to share the interpretation with a leading instrumentalist...
by MaestroDJS
Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Monteverdi; your favourites
Replies: 42
Views: 9047

Re: Monteverdi; your favourites

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): L'Orfeo (1607) Filmed by director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle in a Baroque setting at Zürich Opera House in 1978, with Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting period instruments. uJ_mjTTDM5A&feature=PlayList&p=7417C2A728961F59&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1 Nikolaus Harnoncourt...
by MaestroDJS
Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Maazel to Conduct Complete Beethoven Cycle on New Year's Eve
Replies: 18
Views: 1886

Re: Maazel to Conduct Complete Beethoven Cycle on New Year's Eve

Such as the New York Philharmonic, whose players choose Lorin Maazel as their music director when the board failed to get their man, Riccardo Muti. From the grapevine I gather that it wasn't long before they were grumbing about his interpretations. So you might have a point. :) That's right. He's n...
by MaestroDJS
Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Werner Isler passes 4,000 posts on CMG!
Replies: 14
Views: 1658

Re: Werner Isler passes 4,000 posts on CMG!

Congratulations, and it is a privilege to benefit from your vast knowledge. :)
by MaestroDJS
Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are YOU listening to today?
Replies: 16255
Views: 2460572

Re: What are YOU listening to today?

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), France: Les Troyens , Opéra en cinq actes et neuf tableux { The Trojans , Opera in five acts and nine tableux}. Jon Vickers, Tenor; Josephine Veasey, Mezzo-Soprano; Berit Lindholm, Soprano; Peter Glossop, Baritone. Wadsworth School Boys' Choir; Chorus and Orchestra of the...
by MaestroDJS
Sat Dec 25, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best "First" symphonies
Replies: 69
Views: 9455

Re: Best "First" symphonies

... Rózsa lived to hear his Symphony performed and recorded. An interesting side note, Rosza may be the only composer to hear every one of his works performed and recorded in his lifetime. How must other composers envy him in that! PS: But unfortunately I have never heard his Symphony. From the Koc...
by MaestroDJS
Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Best Choir In The Classical World Is................
Replies: 41
Views: 5551

Re: The Best Choir In The Classical World Is................

It is nothing short of scandalous that the Swingle Singers are again denied the recognition they so richly deserve. ;)

"I felt like lying on the floor and kicking my heels, that's how good I thought they were." — Glenn Gould

J. S. Bach: Fugue for Organ in G Minor BWV 578

by MaestroDJS
Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Best "First" symphonies
Replies: 69
Views: 9455

Re: Best "First" symphonies

For some reason I've been listening to Hungarian music lately, so here are 3 candidates which date from both very early and very late in their composers' careers. They might not be the best "first" symphonies ever written, but they are very good. Ernst von Dohnányi (1877-1960): Symphony No 1 in D Mi...
by MaestroDJS
Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiah at the mall?
Replies: 9
Views: 1535

Re: Messiah at the mall?

I'm not sure if the "flash mob" novelty has worn off yet. Possibly. According to National Public Radio, they might be harder to arrange and more likely to go out of control. NPR, Monday, December 20, 2010: Planning A Flash Mob? Better Keep It Quiet http://www.npr.org/2010/12/20/132205587/planning-a...
by MaestroDJS
Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The music from the Ricola commercial (dancing girl)
Replies: 8
Views: 1637

Re: The music from the Ricola commercial (dancing girl)

jbuck919 wrote:The descending minor third is the characteristic interval for phrases with a feminine ending in Gregorian versicles.
Cool! I didn't know that. That's what's so great about good music. No matter how much we know, we can learn something new every day. :)
by MaestroDJS
Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca's 5-CD Budget Box on Hector Berlioz
Replies: 13
Views: 1596

Re: Decca's 5-CD Budget Box on Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz , by Claude Debussy Reprinted from Monsieur Croche Anti-Dilettante [Monsieur Croche the Dilettante Hater] , by Claude Debussy: "Chapter XXIII. Berlioz" Translated by B. N. Langdon Davies, The Viking Press, London 1928. Berlioz never had any luck. He suffered from the inadequacy of th...
by MaestroDJS
Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiah at the mall?
Replies: 9
Views: 1535

Re: Messiah at the mall?

I found a brief account of some of the circumstances of Messiah in a book about the city of Dublin. Here are some excerpts. Then final sentence stands out. ;) Excerpts from Dublin: a Historical and Topographical Account of the City , by Samuel A. Ossory Fitzpatrick, Dublin, Ireland, 1907 The great e...
by MaestroDJS
Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Could John Cage's 4.33 be the Number One Xmas Single in UK
Replies: 11
Views: 1794

Re: Could John Cage's 4.33 be the Number One Xmas Single in UK

There is some noise on the single, musician's shuffling their feet, fiddling around with their instruments, Bill Bragg using his Blackberry and some ambient sounds from within the Studio itself...sixty musicians packed into a tiny studio on Dean Street in London's Soho to make this Recording... Her...
by MaestroDJS
Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Honolulu Symphony Is No More
Replies: 9
Views: 1443

Re: Honolulu Symphony Is No More

That's a shame to hear the orchestra is no more, but not a surprise. :( Some friends lived in Honolulu for many years and my wife I visited them several times (just to be polite of course). One friend was a volunteer who drove guest soloists between their hotel and Blaisdell Concert Hall. He said so...
by MaestroDJS
Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven
Replies: 0
Views: 630

Happy Birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven

A musical lecture in a medical school? Magnificently transcendental music, composed as Beethoven recovered from a life-threatening illness in 1825. One comment of particular interest is the speaker noted Beethoven made abrupt but effective transitions, whereas Mozart probably would have made smooth ...
by MaestroDJS
Wed Dec 08, 2010 6:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Could John Cage's 4.33 be the Number One Xmas Single in UK
Replies: 11
Views: 1794

Re: Could John Cage's 4.33 be the Number One Xmas Single in UK

NewsBiscuit: John Cage 'still being cheated out of royalties for his silent work' Posted: Oct 25th, 2010 http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2010/10/25/john-cage-%e2%80%98still-being-cheated-out-of-royalties-for-his-silent-work%e2%80%99/ Lawyers acting for the estate of late avant-garde composer John Cage ha...
by MaestroDJS
Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3 Project
Replies: 42
Views: 8161

Re: The Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 3 Project

If you really want to get inside this music, here is a fascinating 1983 master class in 14 parts by Jorge Bolet with pianists Ira Levin, USA; Jose Feghali, Brazil; Philip Smith, UK; Marc-Antionio Barone, USA; Wolfgang Manz, Germany and Barry Douglas, UK CnyvFpP30bs&feature=&p=A4E3B0944A21E8E9&index=...
by MaestroDJS
Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Suicides
Replies: 32
Views: 4911

Re: Musical Suicides

A related subject concerns musical scenes which depict suicides. One of the most famous is of course the Immolation scene which concludes Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner. Of course we also have this merry little ditty by the sensational 19th-, 20th- and 21st-Century avant-garde composer Leo Ornste...
by MaestroDJS
Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!
Replies: 23
Views: 2051

Re: Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!

I'm rather partial to the radiant Hymn of Thanksgiving which concludes the opera William Tell by Gioacchino Rossini. They were rejoicing because the hero had just shot the big turkey, figuratively speaking. ;) William Tell is a fabulous opera, all four acts and four hours of it. And the Overture is ...
by MaestroDJS
Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Suicides
Replies: 32
Views: 4911

Re: Musical Suicides

Jerry Hadley's suicide at 55 was a great shock. A handsome man with a handsome voice, a stylish singer and a fine actor, he made the kind of career that many dream of; for 25 years he sang leading roles from Mozart to Harbison at the world's great opera houses, often in major new productions, made ...
by MaestroDJS
Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical joke of the day. . .
Replies: 16
Views: 2198

Re: Musical joke of the day. . .

Henryk Wieniawski and Ernst's Élégie . Reprinted from Music , A Monthly Magazine, Chicago, December 1895 This is the famous history of the Élégie d'Ernst, said Eugène Ysaÿe to the Call , of San Francisco, and I can assure you that it is authentic, for it was given me by Wieniawski himself — all exc...
by MaestroDJS
Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Composers who lost something as they got older
Replies: 50
Views: 7021

Re: Composers who lost something as they got older

Everybody changes as they get older. If you want to put it that they lose their younger selves, instead of that they grow into new selves, nobody can stop you, but it's a jaundiced way to look at it. Bernard Shaw observed that the elderly Verdi couldn't (or at least he didn't) compose hit tunes lik...
by MaestroDJS
Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Telemann, the Creator of Smiles
Replies: 14
Views: 2772

Re: Telemann, the Creator of Smiles

My first Telemann was his Trumpet Concerto in D Major , closely followed by his Viola Concerto in D Major . Beautiful music! Georg Philipp Telemann: Trumpet Concerto in D Major I. Adagio; II. Allegro; III. Grave; IV. Allegro John Schroeder, Piccolo Trumpet Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, David del Pino...
by MaestroDJS
Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms, Grieg and Tchaikovsky
Replies: 3
Views: 1940

Re: Brahms, Grieg and Tchaikovsky

III. Tchaikovsky Speaks! In Anna Brodsky's above book, it was interesting to read that after a concert Tchaikovsky conducted in Berlin on 8 February 1888, he experienced the latest in modern technology: the telephone! On another occasion his extreme sensitiveness revealed itself in a different way....
by MaestroDJS
Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms, Grieg and Tchaikovsky
Replies: 3
Views: 1940

Re: Brahms, Grieg and Tchaikovsky

II. Brahms, Grieg and Tchaikovsky: Revisited Reprinted from Recollections of a Russian Home: A Musician's Experiences , by Anna Brodsky, Manchester, 1904 Note : Russian violinist Adolph Brodsky (1851-1929) championed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major , which was completed in 1878 for Leopold...
by MaestroDJS
Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Brahms, Grieg and Tchaikovsky
Replies: 3
Views: 1940

Brahms, Grieg and Tchaikovsky

Some more literal pages from history... It's fun to learn what happens when two fine composers of different temperaments meet, but what about three at once? Below are two accounts of the same meeting between Johannes Brahms, Edvard Grieg and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on New Year's Day 1888 in Leipzig...
by MaestroDJS
Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do You Talk To Other People About Classical Music?
Replies: 25
Views: 2918

Re: Do You Talk To Other People About Classical Music?

Very rarely do I talk about music in much depth with anyone, unless I know it's someone who is truly interested and knowledgeable about it. Otherwise I'm happy to explore the musical collections and literature of digitized archives and libraries around the world. as I have mentioned before, I freque...
by MaestroDJS
Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Maestro the translator!
Replies: 7
Views: 1417

Re: For Maestro the translator!

Yes, I would prefer English, if you don't mind. :D I think it's a good testimony. I can understand it, of course, but would like you to share it with the CMG crowd, if you will. BTW, you're doing what I consider one of the least rewarded functions of society. Translators are seldom recognized for t...
by MaestroDJS
Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The best ever movement by US composer?
Replies: 20
Views: 2426

Re: The best ever movement by US composer?

Heck148 wrote:Schuman Symhony #3 - I [Passacaglia/Fugue]
ContrapunctusIX wrote:seconded.
Thirded.
by MaestroDJS
Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Maestro the translator!
Replies: 7
Views: 1417

Re: For Maestro the translator!

jbuck919 wrote:And why, pray tell, are you asking someone else to translate a passage in French? Hmmm? I could do it pretty much, which means it is certainly not beyond your abilities.
A fair question and one that is much on my mind. :?:
by MaestroDJS
Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For Maestro the translator!
Replies: 7
Views: 1417

Re: For Maestro the translator!

Mind working on this one for the collective sake of CMG? Sure, when I have some time. It might take me a week or so to get around to it. Generally when I translate a French or German source, my first draft is simply to plow through the text and render it into some semblance of English. Damn the spe...
by MaestroDJS
Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Contemporary Music Trends a Century Ago: Leo Ornstein
Replies: 5
Views: 1344

Re: Contemporary Music Trends a Century Ago: Leo Ornstein

I had the privilege of studying the piano with Leo Ornstein in 1954 and he was a superb teacher, who unfortunately gave up that work shortly after that to concentrate on his composing. I'm certain that if he had pursued his gift of performing as a pianist, he would have been legendary, and I was da...
by MaestroDJS
Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Giuseppe Verdi
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

Re: Giuseppe Verdi

Agreed. Shaw was one of the finest writers in the English language, but sometimes he was just plain wrong. Good reading nonetheless. Sometimes it's fun to read what was considered common knowledge a century or two ago. Writing in 1901, Grieg asks, "Where now are to be found among the younger generat...
by MaestroDJS
Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Contemporary Music Trends a Century Ago: Leo Ornstein
Replies: 5
Views: 1344

Contemporary Music Trends a Century Ago: Leo Ornstein

Leo Ornstein (1893-2002) may be the only notable composer whose life literally touched the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries. He achieved vast notoriety by age 20 as one of the most radically avant-garde composers, and he was in equally great demand as a spectacular pianist. However in the mid 1920s Orn...
by MaestroDJS
Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Contemporary Music Trends a Century Ago: Horatio Parker
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Re: Contemporary Music Trends a Century Ago: Horatio Parker

Horatio Parker in the Classroom , by Charles Ives Excerpts from Charles E. Ives: Memos , Edited by John Kirkpatrick, 1972. I did sometimes do things that got me in wrong. For instance, a couple of fugues with the theme in four different keys, C G D A — and in another, C F Bb Eb. It resulted, when a...
by MaestroDJS
Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Contemporary Music Trends a Century Ago: Horatio Parker
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Contemporary Music Trends a Century Ago: Horatio Parker

In December 1909, American composer Horatio Parker (1863-1919) delivered a speech in Washington, DC about the state of contemporary music. Claude Debussy and Richard Strauss, then in their 40s, were the leading modern composers. He compared and contrasted "the uncertain, keyless music of Debussy" wi...
by MaestroDJS
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Giuseppe Verdi
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

Re: Giuseppe Verdi

A Word More About Verdi , by G. Bernard Shaw The Anglo-Saxon Review: A Quarterly Miscellany , London, March, 1901 I have read most of the articles on Verdi elicited by his death, and I have blushed — blushed for my species. By this I mean the music-critic species; for though I have of late years di...