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by jbuck919
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody know where Chalkie is?
Replies: 11
Views: 201

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: 1
Views: 31

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: 15

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: 11
Views: 201

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: 11
Views: 201

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: 123

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: 79

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: 200

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: 66

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: 200

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: 106

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: 196

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: 6
Views: 248

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: 268

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: 964

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: 622

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: 79

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: 197

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: 307

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: 197

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: 307

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: 197

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: 622

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: 125

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: 307

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: 307

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: 93

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: 307

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: 334

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: 307

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: 334

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: 9
Views: 279

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: 334

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: 470

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: 268

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: 470

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...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: MTA fix for antiquated NY subway: add cars, ditch seats
Replies: 9
Views: 348

Re: MTA fix for antiquated NY subway: add cars, ditch seats

1930s, ride in comfort . . . http://forgotten-ny.com/wp-content/gallery/transit_museum_d-type/img_6471.jpg Nonsense. Have you ever been in a NYC subway station during the summer? Sweltering is not the word for it, and in the 1930s the cars must have been at least as bad, not to mention that people ...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Winterreise"
Replies: 15
Views: 422

Re: "Winterreise"

In current times, it is a tribute to any vocal artist who has a huge operatic career, as well as to his pure love of great music and essential artistry, that he would sing Lieder at all. Although it is a little more a matter of someone who is over the hill, here is another example.

by jbuck919
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 18
Views: 334

Re: Moving to NYC...!

I sense a meet-up coming up soon.
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE
Replies: 22
Views: 964

Re: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE

Yes, Jonson admired Shakespeare at the same time that he damned him with faint praise. He also wrote that Shakespeare had "little Latin and less Greek." (Though he appears not to have been a deep classical scholar, Shakespeare would have had much of his basic education in Latin and it figures in a l...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An interview with organist Paul Jacobs
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: An interview with organist Paul Jacobs

Well, John, for those who don't particularly follow organs and organists, "Paul Jacobs" still signifies "pianist." And from what this Paul Jacobs says, recognition of the instrument and its players is declining. By the way, there is a pipe organ at Lincoln Center. It's in Alice Tully Hall, and Paul...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An interview with organist Paul Jacobs
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: An interview with organist Paul Jacobs

Well John, there WAS pianist Paul Jacobs, too! And what an artist. Yes, and that's why for years I've been writing "Paul Jacobs (the organist, not the late pianist)." However, the pianist (whom I also greatly admired) has been dead for so many years that I was hoping I would not have to do that any...
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: An interview with organist Paul Jacobs
Replies: 4
Views: 261

An interview with organist Paul Jacobs

I really shouldn't have to say "organist Paul Jacobs" any more than I would say "pianist Martha Argerich," but there it is. Those who might have some recollection of my comments about an organ at Lincoln Center will note that he has the same concern, except that he speaks with much more authority. R...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE
Replies: 22
Views: 964

Re: A Question Inspired By MUSIC CHOICE

Prokofiev's original 1936 ballet score for R & J , entitled “Romeo & Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare” featured a "happy" or at least a "happier-than-Shakespeare's" ending, but it was suppressed, later unearthed in Russia and performed at Bard in 2008. The TV production of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY shows t...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Glimmerglass Brings Porgy To Attica Prison
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: Glimmerglass Brings Porgy To Attica Prison

"Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast."

--The Mourning Bride by William Congreve, where it is the opening line.
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 622

Re: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday

Bach was heavily influenced by Dietrich Buxtehude. From Wikipedia: ​In 1705, J.S. Bach, then a young man of twenty, walked from Arnstadt to Lübeck, a distance of more than 400 kilometres (250 mi), and stayed nearly three months to hear the Abendmusik, meet the pre-eminent Lübeck organist, hear him ...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 622

Re: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday

Much of what jbuck919 says about Bach could be said with equal justice about Joseph Haydn. Bach had the advantage that his father was a competent professional musician - Mozart had that advantage too - but Haydn's parents were a wheelwright and a cook, who liked music but couldn't read it let alone...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Albany Symphony Orch Article
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: Albany Symphony Orch Article

Reaching this late, after reviewing recent threads. I have never heard the Albany Symphony, because their performances are always at night, and you know how I feel about driving home after a night performance. I won't even go as far as Saratoga for that. However, the concertmaster of the Albany Symp...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday
Replies: 18
Views: 622

Re: A Doubly Glorious Heavenly Birthday

Although he arranged several Vivaldi concertos for organ and mentioned him on his list of favorites, one of the miracles of Bach is that he had almost no one to inspire him to the exalted levels he reached. He so far exceeded his models in terms of form that he is almost cut from the whole cloth, pe...
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Need Printer Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 239

Re: Need Printer Advice

I have an HP Office Jet Pro 6970 wireless with which I'm perfectly satisfied. I just went to Staples and got what looked like the best deal for what I needed. Sometimes the advice of trained staff is hard to replace with one's own online research. The price was very reasonable, but not less than $50...