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by jbuck919
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Jerry Lewis and the French
Replies: 1
Views: 24

Re: Jerry Lewis and the French

Just so that John's post does not go uncommented, I have long been aware of those two horrid aberrations. The great literary critic Harold Bloom has said, with what degree of seriousness I don't know, that he re-reads Poe every five years just to remind himself of how bad a writer he (Poe) is.
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Lord ha' mercy! Kyrie to Celtics, Isaiah to Cavs
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Lord ha' mercy! Kyrie to Celtics, Isaiah to Cavs

He pronounces it Kai-ree, I see. Oh well, no more anomalous than having a Greek movement immortalized in an otherwise all-Latin ordinary of the mass.
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 17
Views: 303

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

But I digress. :) By all means, continue to digress. If one wants to cite the miraculous use of an instrument normally used for other purposes, the second Brandenburg is hard to beat. Bach utilized the amazing talents of the town trumpeter who supposedly died (not necessarily by this piece) during ...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 17
Views: 303

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

At university I was once at the home of Arthur Mendel, the compiling editor of the still indispensable Bach Reader. He put on a recording of The Art of Fugue and challenged me to identify the performing forces. Well, for all the self-doubt I've had in my life, I could not miss on this one, for it wa...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet founder and James Levine teacher, dead at 92
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet founder and James Levine teacher, dead at 92

I'm a little late responding to this, but in college I bought their recording set of Schoenberg quartets, the first ever made if I am not mistaken. Later I found out that the Schoenberg-fanatical faculty frowned on their performance. What the heck they had to compare it with at the time I have no id...
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 17
Views: 303

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

Thanks, I'm a fan of Schmitt but hadn't heard it. ________________________________________ Same here. Thanks, Mark & Lance! :) I've long been a fan of the instrument in jazz and am familiar with every name on the list above. Please add Gerry Mulligan to that list of jazz greats (he played baritone)...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 16
Views: 248

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

Gieseking was right about the pedal. It has no place in the performance of Bach.
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!
Replies: 17
Views: 303

Re: The saxophone for shear, shear enjoyment!

Oh gosh, here we go again. The sax was my father's main instrument, but all I can say about it is that I hope that Adolph Sax is in the appropriate circle of hell to have to listen to it for eternity.
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!
Replies: 16
Views: 248

Re: Walter Gieseking's DGG Bach recordings - now here!

Gieseking, by his own admission, never practiced. This is something that the very greatest pianists can get away with as long as they limit their repertory. (By contrast, Leon Fleisher crippled himself with endless practice in order to be able to play the most difficult pieces.) I suppose that it is...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: New York Bight makes right ... whales
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: New York Bight makes right ... whales

Now if they would just re-stock the lower Hudson with sturgeon. (The US used to export Hudson River caviar to Europe.)
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times Tanglewood Review
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: NY Times Tanglewood Review

I've got it! Eureka! Oh, good grief, that? (He is said to have used the word, which only means "I have found it" when exiting from the bath after realizing that his body displaced an equal volume of water.) It is surely the least of his accomplishments. His pure mathematics is still a challenge to ...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NY Times Tanglewood Review
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: NY Times Tanglewood Review

Archimedes, commonly considered one of the three greatest mathematicians of all time and certainly the greatest of ancient times, supplied a text? I would love to know what it was.
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An American In Bayreuth
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: An American In Bayreuth

His first visit to the Bayreuth Festival, as though this were a little thing? It takes at least seven years to get tickets, and there are no longer quotas for American-led tours such as those that were led by my grad school friend so-and-so who also wrote a Beethoven biography, thereby enabling you ...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Van Gogh’s Ear
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: Van Gogh’s Ear

Synesthesia is not that rare a condition. It is probably more common than absolute (perfect) pitch. I have encountered it among high school students who do not know what it is called, and usually think I am referring to anesthesia.
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody know where Chalkie is?
Replies: 13
Views: 446

Re: Anybody know where Chalkie is?

Though I expressed strong feelings about electing Hillary Clinton, I otherwise lived pretty much in political hibernation between presidential election cycles and had never been inclined to post anything like a series of updates about current national politics before I read Chalkperson's post of 7 ...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Musical Terms
Replies: 2
Views: 125

Re: New Musical Terms

Lend toe: supplement the stopping fingers in a difficult violin passage.
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Messiaen improvises
Replies: 0
Views: 88

Messiaen improvises

Years and years ago, someone posted a very brief excerpt of Messiaen improvising. It was dull, it was short, it was meandering, and I dismissed it as something I could accomplished myself if my only goal was to make an atmospheric noise from an organ console. I stand by that assessment of that post,...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody know where Chalkie is?
Replies: 13
Views: 446

Re: Anybody know where Chalkie is?

There is nothing about this site that Chalkie does not know. I understand his frustration at the absence of ain't-it-awful discourse on the Pub. As I posted myself some time ago, the reason I don't respond to jserraglio's frequent and cogent posts there is that everyone here agrees with them since t...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody know where Chalkie is?
Replies: 13
Views: 446

Re: Anybody know where Chalkie is?

Dearest Lance, only you and I are privy to some aspects of Chalkie that we cannot share in the public forum. If you don't know and I don't know, then no one knows.
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Two books by Jeffrey Toobin
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Two books by Jeffrey Toobin

For the record, the high school where I taught at the time thought the OJ verdict important enough to interrupt class with a broadcast. My almost all-white class cheered.
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Americans, especially women, are binge boozing in 21st century
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: More Americans, especially women, are binge boozing in 21st century

I wonder if any of the "experts" have considered not wanting to face the reality of being an American these days as one factor in this. Having an extremely limited safety net and little governmental social support that can be counted on, so that unemployment or underemployment becomes a threat just ...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you already subscribe to Amazon Prime Shipping? If so . . .
Replies: 16
Views: 345

Re: Do you already subscribe to Amazon Prime Shipping? If so . . .

That Wang recital was presumably broadcast (that is, streamed) by medici.tv. They stream concerts and recitals, etc, usually with better than good sound and picture. Some are no charge to view (it's a subscription service) and I have listened to parts of some on my ipad using Grado headphones and a...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Don G Well Staged unfussy modern dress Gesamtkunstwerk?
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: Don G Well Staged unfussy modern dress Gesamtkunstwerk?

I really must be losing it, because I first thought that Len had discovered a new opera called Don G Well.
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you already subscribe to Amazon Prime Shipping? If so . . .
Replies: 16
Views: 345

Re: Do you already subscribe to Amazon Prime Shipping? If so . . .

I do subscribe to Amazon Prime and use it for standard movies. Thanks to everyone for all this additional information.
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 78 RPM online collection released
Replies: 2
Views: 193

78 RPM online collection released

This looks suspiciously like something that must have been posted here already, but I have not seen it before. "Song" of course in the cyber world means any piece of music up to a movement from a Beethoven symphony, a pic of a 78 of which is featured at the top of this post. Offered for your comment...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barbara Cook dead at 89
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Barbara Cook dead at 89

This would not normally be a classical music subject, but Candide is about the only thing arguably in that realm that she did. A couple of years ago she was interviewed in person by the world-class lit/art guy from the Albany NPR station, and she said that it was by far the most difficult and challe...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ford's Chariot shuttles hope to fill public transit gaps in the Big Apple
Replies: 15
Views: 417

Re: Ford's Chariot shuttles hope to fill public transit gaps in the Big Apple

Thanks for this alert-I never heard of Chariot-for me the more options for getting around NYC the better! Regards, Len This from someone who by his own admission hasn't even taken a taxi in NYC in many years? Sixty vehicles for the entire city? Why is this an enhancement of Uber, whose own problems...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "top" 35 female composers in classical music
Replies: 7
Views: 363

Re: The "top" 35 female composers in classical music

Oh dear. It wouldn't let me on unless I disabled my adblocker. I didn't so I'll just have to imagine who's on the list not that I can think of 35 female composers. Yes, I can see how disappointed you must have been. :roll: There aren't for that matter 35 composers, all of them male, of any importan...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE
Replies: 22
Views: 1105

Re: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE

Albani, Barbarigo, Barberini, Borghese, Borgia, Della Rovere, Farnese, Medici, Odescalchi, Pamphili, Piccolomini, Pignatelli, Sforza and Visconti, among many others, are Italian princely houses analogous to the Capulets and the Montagues, and which have produced many statesmen, warriors, churchmen,...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday

Today I wrote down what Thomas Quasthoff said about Bach in a 1996 documentary. I think it's apposite: " I love Bach so incredibly. The more intensely I study his music, the less I understand it because the degree of its greatness is so superior to my small human existence. I sense it when I sing t...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: August 21 eclipse to put dent in solar power generation
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Re: August 21 eclipse to put dent in solar power generation

How is it that the disk of the moon (which is actually spiraling into a more distant orbit) is exactly the right size at this moment in geological time to eclipse the sun leaving only the corona visible? The answer is surprising: pure coincidence. It seems to me that the near-miracle of a total ecli...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Corey Kluber and Chris Sale Have Been Dominant This Season, but Who's the AL Cy Young Favorite?
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: Corey Kluber and Chris Sale Have Been Dominant This Season, but Who's the AL Cy Young Favorite?

Not doping is defined as not seeing an asterisk next to your homerun record a la Barry Bonds. Of course Mantle was a substance abuser as was Ruth. After all,they were NY Yankees! As such, they were carousers but there is no evidence that alcohol enhanced their performance, probably just the opposit...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

Dvorak is a greater composer than many give him credit for being . Now there's the Freudian typo of the year. :) (In fact, I rate Elgar and Dvorak about the same. A case could be made that one aspect of international fame as experienced by, say, Dvorak and Grieg, is chronological and the result of ...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Corey Kluber and Chris Sale Have Been Dominant This Season, but Who's the AL Cy Young Favorite?
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: Corey Kluber and Chris Sale Have Been Dominant This Season, but Who's the AL Cy Young Favorite?

Whitey? You are missing a lot of fine young players in the post-doping era. E.g., Mike Trout of the Angels, headed to HoF and still only in his twenties. Saw him in person July 25. 3 grand slams hit in that 10-inning game. Who is he compared to at this point in his career? The Mick. And exactly wha...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

I'm working on a chronology of Toscanini's performances and the Enigma Variations were in his repertoire from before World War I. He also conducted the Introduction and Allegro, but no other Elgar as far as I know. or Delighted to hear it. Apropos of nothing, the Nimrod variation is a favorite in t...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Corey Kluber and Chris Sale Have Been Dominant This Season, but Who's the AL Cy Young Favorite?
Replies: 8
Views: 245

Re: Corey Kluber and Chris Sale Have Been Dominant This Season, but Who's the AL Cy Young Favorite?

Once, if I followed any sport at all, it was baseball. Now I am so far out of it that I saw those two androgynous names before I saw "Cy Young" and assumed they were female vocal "artists." :)
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 713

Re: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday

Today I wrote down what Thomas Quasthoff said about Bach in a 1996 documentary. I think it's apposite: " I love Bach so incredibly. The more intensely I study his music, the less I understand it because the degree of its greatness is so superior to my small human existence. I sense it when I sing t...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fabulous Viola & Piano Music (unknown)
Replies: 1
Views: 187

Re: Fabulous Viola & Piano Music (unknown)

Centaur Records has produced a number of truly fascinating recordings. One such disc is Centaur 3326 which contains Carl Reinecke's 10 Little Pieces, Op. 213; Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda's Six Nocturnes, Op. 130 and Hans Sitt's Album Leaves, Op. 39. All fairly unknown music but because of American viol...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

It took me some time to come to the music of Sir Edward Elgar, but recordings have helped enormously. He wrote a plethora of music, and if, indeed, he was primarily self-taught or influenced by his immediate family, it is not a bad way to go given what we have by which to judge his output. I have a...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

It took me some time to come to the music of Sir Edward Elgar, but recordings have helped enormously. He wrote a plethora of music, and if, indeed, he was primarily self-taught or influenced by his immediate family, it is not a bad way to go given what we have by which to judge his output. I have a...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: GM predicts its self-driving car service is months away for general public; now free for employees in Frisco
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: GM predicts its self-driving car service is months away for general public; now offering it free to employees in Fri

I can hardly wait for it to come to Stony Creek. Put it together with Tesla technology and what will be the next step? Teleportation, maybe? ;)
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

Elgar was indeed self-taught, that is he learned at his parents' knees, so to speak. His genius was apparent from an early age, so why not? His music is so very original, I appreciate him even more knowing that he was "home-instructed." In that sense, some of the very greatest composers were "self-...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 18
Views: 407

Re: Moving to NYC...!

I have a friend in Stony Creek, a retired gentleman somewhat my elder who had a career as a truck driver, who owned a condo in lower Manhattan and used to spend his summers up here as many do. Perhaps ten years ago he sold the condo, an act of complete lunacy in my mind, because to own any kind of r...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...
Replies: 15
Views: 383

Re: MUSIC CHOICE Says Of Elgar ...

I know nothing of this. Do you have a link? Unlike some fine and famous chefs, there is no composer I know of who was self-taught. Perhaps the closest is our common favorite Haydn, who relied a great deal on Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum without having a living master to guide him through the fundamenta...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 18
Views: 407

Re: Moving to NYC...!

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:11 am
Long ago. I was not at all annoyed by standing on buses. Manhattan electrifying and cheap to live in back when. People mainly open-minded and tolerant.
Yes, well read Edmund White on that topic.
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leonard Slatkin’s 10 Forgotten American Masterpieces
Replies: 11
Views: 411

Leonard Slatkin’s 10 Forgotten American Masterpieces

Thanks to one of our members, who knows who he is, who posted this on Facebook. There is a maxim (well, someone wrote it in something I read once so it must be a maxim :) ) that a forgotten piece can never be revived. I actually heard a live performance of Sessions's Second Symphony, which is excell...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 18
Views: 407

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Yeah, 98% certain going to end up in Manhattan. Almost all nonprofits are based there, and my ladyfriend is an actress, so all of her gigs are there as well. Even if you work in Manhattan, you don't need to live there. I've lived in Brooklyn for 45 years and always relied on the subway to get me to...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 570

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

Any such poll or discussion which ignores the role of sound recordings is worthless. Many people, me included, came to love classical music by listening to records, which can be played anywhere at any time as often as you like, dressed (or undressed) as you like. And after all, most classical music...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "top" 35 female composers in classical music
Replies: 7
Views: 363

The "top" 35 female composers in classical music

I added the quotation marks expressing dubiety about whether a specifically numbered list makes any sense. I just stumbled on this article and with its excerpts from each composer found it quite interesting. Hope some others here will as well. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/the-t...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll
Replies: 20
Views: 570

Re: Barriers to accessing classical music — UK Poll

Let's face it: Classical music is an elitist pursuit. Always has been, and always will be. At the top of these results is the need to expose more kids to music through traditional band/choral programs so that we can have that elite. The two states where I have lived in and taught (not music primaril...