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by jbuck919
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 31
Views: 353

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

You are right, ablation is a word, though it has nothing to do with using the ablative case. Then of course I meant three different declensions, not cases, because the genitive of the three persons of the Trinity is formed differently for each one. Neither the washing of the hands (the lavabo, mean...
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 31
Views: 353

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

You are right, ablation is a word, though it has nothing to do with using the ablative case. Then of course I meant three different declensions, not cases, because the genitive of the three persons of the Trinity is formed differently for each one. Neither the washing of the hands (the lavabo, mean...
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 31
Views: 353

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

You are right, ablation is a word, though it has nothing to do with using the ablative case. Then of course I meant three different declensions, not cases, because the genitive of the three persons of the Trinity is formed differently for each one. Neither the washing of the hands (the lavabo, mean...
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 31
Views: 353

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

There is no such word as ablation, unless you are in the business of coining words. Ablution, for those who do not know, refers to the cleansing of the vessels after communion, and I doubt that Pope Francis has had to do so for himself in many years. Trust me once, so trust me twice. Ablation is a ...
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 31
Views: 353

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Bernstein knew both how to write for voice and what the Latin said. He did? Seek and ye shall find. The sung text of Missa brevis in its first complete commercial recording would satisfy even the tetchiest of Latinists: https://www.chandos.net/chanimages/Booklets/CH10172.pdf You will be pleased to ...
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 31
Views: 353

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Bernstein knew both how to write for voice and what the Latin said. Bernstein: Missa brevis (1989) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEzR5uLhe-Q bEzR5uLhe-Q He did? BTW I like the piece, which is a revelation for me. But in the Sanctus I hear "gloria tuae" when "gloria tua" (ablative for "thy glory")...
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 44
Views: 595

Re: Classical records for children

By 'yappy' I mean syllable-to-note, endless lyrics; no let-up. As in the example I mentioned from WSS. So that's it. To me, "yappy" brings to mind a chihuahua, not a distinguished American poet as Richard Wilbur certainly was. Enlisting him to provide lyrics for Broadway was only one of several way...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ralph Michael Stein
Replies: 5
Views: 72

Re: Ralph Michael Stein

John F wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:51 pm
You're telling me that Ralph was years younger than I am? Amazing. We had lunch once in an eatery near Lincoln Center, nothing earth-shaking but very enjoyable.
John everybody is years younger than you are. ;)
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 6
Views: 79

Re: Dresden 1945

I've been watching this historic footage today of the aftermath of the bombing of Dresden; the images are horrific. Hitler really didn't care about his own people at all!! Anyway, it reminded me of Klaus Tennstedt who was in the 'fire department' at 17 years of age and who had to retrieve bodies in...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 31
Views: 353

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Right, you don't have to be a Latinist to make out liturgical Latin. Lucretius it surely ain't. No, it's not, but the difficulties should not be minimized. Liturgical Latin is as all over the place as is English literature. There are many styles and differences. The hymn that gave us the solmizatio...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 31
Views: 353

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Didn't LB conduct Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex? Here is the complete text of Bernstein's Messe. And quite a late-60s mess it was. You can judge for yrselfs how much Latin is in there, quite macaronic, I would say. I found some incantatory phrases in the Secret Songs mvmt that the FBI might have seen as...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: No national medal for the arts under you-know-who
Replies: 0
Views: 19

No national medal for the arts under you-know-who

Undoubtedly Trump's idea of an artist is someone who can make his hairpiece look more realistic.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/15/arts ... ottom-well
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 31
Views: 353

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

I have the old Latin Mass essentially memorized from childhood, and I am by no means the best or only Latinist in the United States. (Until recently, and maybe even now, the chief Latinist of the Vatican who prepares all papal documents was an American.) There are no subversive lyrics in there, not ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 44
Views: 595

Re: Classical records for children

The first act finale of WSS is beyond a doubt the greatest show stopper of all time. It still sends chills up and down my spine, no matter whether Bernstein/Sondheim used "hours" as a two-syllable word.

by jbuck919
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: With Alexa, toddlers are turning into bratty mini slavedrivers
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: With Alexa, toddlers are turning into bratty mini slavedrivers

Sometimes you just have to count on whether the kids were raised properly or as though they had been born in a barn. It has always been so, dating back to ancient times. A few years ago I was substitute teaching in a tech class where one of the "students" kept running his mouth over his computer sou...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Queen's Handbag
Replies: 8
Views: 79

Re: The Queen's Handbag

The Queen has impeccable manners. Forget about the "hat of state" event. I was home for the holidays after graduating from college in 1976, and I watched every minute of the coverage of the royal attendance at the state dinner in her honor. To begin with, the White House chef at the time had prepare...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 44
Views: 595

Re: Classical records for children

"West Side Story" isn't even Bernstein's best musical, though it's his most successful. Please, John, apply a little consistency here. You are the one who some time ago decided that Candide was worthy because you could attach the title of operetta to it, while all the other stuff was just Broadway ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 31
Views: 353

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

I have posted on this recently. It is clearly awful. Again I am at a loss as to why it was covered by a major newspaper as though it had any redeeming features. BTW, to add to my credentials, my college organ teacher James Litton prepared the boy choir for the NYC performance of the piece. Also, as ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 20
Views: 217

Re: Top orchestras

1. Chicago Symphony 2. London Symphony 3. Concertgebouw Orchestra 4. Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra 5. St Petersburg Philharmonic 6. Berlin Philharmonic The Vienna Phil has too many unreconstructed Nazis for me to vote for them. When a Bernstein rehearsal of a Mahler symphony ended once, an orchestra...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Queen's Handbag
Replies: 8
Views: 79

Re: The Queen's Handbag

Excellent reply, John F, to which I will only add that all women in decent society carry a handbag. What would be weird would be if the Queen did open parliament without one.
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 44
Views: 595

Re: Classical records for children

At least two series from RCA Victor featured abridged movements to make them easier listening: "The Heart of the Symphony" and "The Heart of the Piano Concerto." They were promoted as "the great themes from..." 6-8 warhorses of the standard repertoire. Charles O'Connell, the music director at RCA V...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Top orchestras
Replies: 20
Views: 217

Re: Top orchestras

This has been gone over many times on this board. I'm not pretending that I am a particular expert. Our late member Ralph Stein was sure that the NY Philharmonic was the greatest orchestra in the world, as it should be, but it has long been known for its weaknesses. The last time I heard them was in...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature canceled

Who would care to accept this award? Anyone who wants to become filthy rich from the increased sales of his or her works. What kind of pure universe do the Swedes think they live in that mere scandal on their committee makes any difference? (At first I was wondering if it had been canceled because J...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing

As for longevity, sorry to disappoint, but I can't check out just yet, my mother needs looking after as she turns 99 tomorrow on what would have been Prof. Stein's 75th birthday. She still insists I dress better, grow out my hair and shave my stubble when she trundles me off to school. You do not d...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing

Actually I remember Ralph well. The late Prof. Stein was hands-down the most brilliant person I never met. Learning what was on his mind on any given day was the main reason at the time that I even bothered to log in here. He and I had two things in common: born in the same year and emotionally att...
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: WSJ predicts Kavanaugh will lead the Court's right wing

Prior to jserraglio's membership, we had an important member named Ralph Michael Stein. He was a distinguished person in constitutional law for reasons I will not now go into. Every time there was a Supreme Court vacancy, he would post, jokingly, "I'm available." The truth is that it takes almost no...
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times Article From Different Critics
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: NY Times Article From Different Critics

An unbelievably ridiculous potpourri which I am surprised that the Times deigned to print. I don't care what literal anniversary the horrible song God Bless America "enjoyed," it is surely Irving Berlin's worst song that is commonly known and was only introduced to the public by Kate Smith certainly...
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Way To Enjoy The Plants!
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: Great Way To Enjoy The Plants!

Longwood gardens has, as you know, a famous organ. Believe it or not, the organist is the same person who controls the Wanamaker organ in Philadelphia.
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart's dance music
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Re: Mozart's dance music

There is of course a danceable minuet in Don Giovanni, written many decades after the form had become stylized in the baroque suite. When I was in college I took some dance lessons. I never got very good at it, but even then I knew when I was dancing a waltz to the music of a minuet, and complained ...
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force

I don't recall ever saying that I feel I am bearing a burden or am miffed by any lack of response. Others have said that, but if I ever did or even agreed with them, then I retract it. What others do or not do, say or not say, is frankly none of my business. In fact, I vigorously (rather too vigoro...
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force

This is not ad hominem. Obviously, silence implies consent regarding the great majority of your posts. In the past you have complained that you are bearing the burden of what's wrong with the world with little response and I have responded that there is little point in preaching to the choir and exp...
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: Wall Street Journal Shoots Down Space Force

If you're trying to make things up, try again. Are you aware that there are Trump "base" supporters who can't get more excited about anything else than space force? These people live in a fantasy world where as long as they are healthy and not starving to death everything Trump suggests is better th...
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 97
Views: 13328

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

except maybe Guam. You got me there! Regards, Len :) This is ambiguous, Len. Jbuck got you to travel to Guam? Or his riposte has you stumped? I hope it's the former. It is not ambiguous at all. My father was stationed at Anderson AFB on Guam when I was 7-8 years old. It is a mixed memory for me, bu...
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 97
Views: 13328

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

My turn, since I've let poor Lenny bear the burden of so much of this when it was my idea. Yes, we will meet up at 2:00 at Pomodoro Rosso on 229 Columbus Ave. May I add that this is a very big deal for me. First, I don't exactly get to visit the greatest city the world has ever known on a daily basi...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thailand Cave: all 13 now rescued; Who are the 12 boys & their coach?
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Re: Trapped in a cave — What it's like

As of this morning's report on NPR, which I can only get in my car on the way to church, they still have not rescued all the kids. Beyond that, the level of heroism in attempting to get them out of there is scarcely to be believed. They had to find a way to get food to them to keep up their strength...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AHPs may offer small business respite from burdens of ObamaCare
Replies: 2
Views: 183

Re: AHPs may offer small business respite from burdens of ObamaCare

Here we go again. Anyone who believes that there is any humanistic alternative to Obamacare but single payer needs to have his head examined. The problem with many Americans is that they think only an American ever had a good idea. Come off it, j., you know this as well as I do. Unless you are chann...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A conservative makes the case for Judge Kavanaugh
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Re: A conservative makes the case for Judge Kavanaugh

Your penchant for recently quoting articles from the Wall Street Journal, a notorious Murdoch publication only an inch of literacy removed from Fox News, does you no credit unless you are testing us for noticing that you are doing so. The argument that "he is bright" has been used to defend every no...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler's Piano Quartet
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: Mahler's Piano Quartet

Lovely, but it is only a movement. (That is what "Satz" means in German, and, I presume, in Dutch.)
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lang Lang’s Return
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Re: Lang Lang’s Return

It's been a lang lang time, but maybe not lang enough. (Sorry--I couldn't resist.)
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 97
Views: 13328

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

whoever else here has heard of Wheaton, Maryland?), Sue and I-we've had Thai food there and it's close to a wonderful garden we've been to at least 3 times--Brookside Gardens! Regards, Len :) Yes, I forgot that we've been through this before. But you and the intrepid Sue have been everywhere that I...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thailand cave rescue: Ex-navy diver dies on oxygen supply mission
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Thailand cave rescue: Ex-navy diver dies on oxygen supply mission

Don't ask me how I know this; I just do. Cave diving is about the most dangerous thing in the world. Astronauts do not require as many backup systems as do cave divers. It astonished me that a country like Thailand would have SEALs. So much for a lesson learned.
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 97
Views: 13328

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

I also contacted the person who had the unfortunate screen name "nutjob." It turns out that he and I have lived in the same location in two places out of three (I mean, whoever else here has heard of Wheaton, Maryland?), but he is currently in California so will not be able to join us. Guess I'd bet...
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shostakovich Op.34 Preludes for piano
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: Shostakovich Op.34 Preludes for piano

Shostakovich, as sophisticated a composer as ever lived, was obviously inspired by Chopin's preludes in composing this set. He himself must have known that they are dated in terms of style. You have attempted a few? Now try the Preludes and Fugues Op. 87 which make modernism a worthy pursuit. I own ...
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in flooded cave are found alive: debate begins on how to get them out
Replies: 9
Views: 273

Re: 12 teens and their coach trapped in flooded cave are found alive: debate begins on how to get them out

The US has few things left to be proud of. If the Navy SEALS cannot get them out, then nobody can. Let's just hope that Trump keeps his hands off the operation. (Don't blame me. I'm not the one who made the good seem bad and vice versa because of extreme politics.) Your wonderful country has SO MUC...
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Not so famous last words
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Not so famous last words

Listen to my favorite patriotic song to the end. Most of the song is subjunctive, assuming that there is something about our country to improve, a fact which people seldom notice. The last couplet is an ass-kicker, which is omitted from most hymnals. Even the Episcopal Hymnal 1982 from which I play ...
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Star Spangled Banner renditions
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: Star Spangled Banner renditions

Then there is this classic rendition:''
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in flooded cave are found alive: debate begins on how to get them out
Replies: 9
Views: 273

Re: 12 teens and their coach trapped in flooded cave are found alive: debate begins on how to get them out

The US has few things left to be proud of. If the Navy SEALS cannot get them out, then nobody can. Let's just hope that Trump keeps his hands off the operation. (Don't blame me. I'm not the one who made the good seem bad and vice versa because of extreme politics.)
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Humans to explore deep space for the first time in 50 years
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: Humans to explore deep space for the first time in 50 years

The last I heard, 240,000 miles from Earth is not "deep space." We haven't the slightest idea how to propel humans beyond lunar orbit, not even into the rest of the solar system, and IMEO, this is a case not of learning more to be able to do more (as in, say, heavier-than-air flight), but of the mor...
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chalkie documentary on BBC 4
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Chalkie documentary on BBC 4

A documentary about the career of Chalkie Davies is scheduled for broadcast on BBC 4 at 11:30 p.m. GMT this Friday, July 6. I've checked on the possibilities for receiving the feed in the US, when it would happen live at a slightly more civilized hour, but I'm a bit lost as to whether it can be done...