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by jbuck919
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims
Replies: 12
Views: 189

Re: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims

you know that you are talking nonsense. Well, I come from where both political parties had historical roots in Progressivism. Where the uneducated and undereducated were largely Democrats. Speaking of the nonsensical, here's a sure-fire howler: With better schooling, the great unwashed would become...
by jbuck919
Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims
Replies: 12
Views: 189

Re: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims

It is the general level of education of the hoi polloi that is at issue. I haven't observed that a blue-chip education confers any special political acumen. Except that those with it are far better at glib rationalization and disguising of their biases than those who lack education. As someone once...
by jbuck919
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Seven words outlawed at the CDC
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: Seven words outlawed at the CDC

As I posted on Facebook, they can always use "products of conception," a term I have actually heard. How come I don't get an alert when you post on FB-just curious as I do get alerts when other friends post on FB? Regards, Len I don't know. Frankly, I would be just as happy to forego these, which a...
by jbuck919
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims
Replies: 12
Views: 189

Re: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims

Education no cure, in my view. Cf. the recent upsurge of rightist fanaticism on US college campuses. Steve Bannon educated at Georgetown and Harvard. Stephen Miller at Duke. Knowledge and lust for power should not be confused. My own congresswoman, Elise Stefanik, also went to Harvard and is a Repu...
by jbuck919
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 60
Views: 1542

Re: What I listened to today

Rob mentioned Chandos, the label. Interesting. In high school I always had to accompany and could never sing. As a reward, my chorus conductor assigned me to the Orange CountyHigh School Choir/Orchestra. The Chandos anthems are not well known, though I imagine that everyone here does know them. Here...
by jbuck919
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims
Replies: 12
Views: 189

Re: Far-right aims to wall Europe off from Muslims

There will always be an extreme Right in any democracy. Hitler came to power through legitimate means under one of the most democratic regimes (the Weimar Republic) there has ever been. Fortunately, all modern elections in western Europe have rejected the program of the far Right, while we still hav...
by jbuck919
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Seven words outlawed at the CDC
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: Seven words outlawed at the CDC

As I posted on Facebook, they can always use "products of conception," a term I have actually heard.
by jbuck919
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pentagon's mysterious UFO project
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: Pentagon's mysterious UFO project

The conspiracy theorists must be having a field day.
by jbuck919
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler cycle & 90 other concerts streaming for NYP's 175th anniversary
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Mahler cycle & 90 other concerts streaming for NYP's 175th anniversary

The only Mahler cycle with the NYP that I ever experienced (I attended only the Fourth) was in 1976 or 1977 under Erich Leinsdorf at Carnegie Hall, IOW someone who was never the Philharmonic's director in a location that was not their own hall. It was sold out, in fact over-sold. I was intimidated t...
by jbuck919
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dido and Aeneas Article
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: Dido and Aeneas Article

Although I admire Purcell for other reasons, Dido has always seemed to me a mediocre work except for its famous finale. It seems intentionally unpretentious, to coin a phrase.
by jbuck919
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird

It might be nice if they made a movie about Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson, though I suppose she was too dull to make a good subject. Although Lyndon was unfaithful and that fact was well known to her, recently released tapes show that he relied on her greatly for advice, and she gave very good advice....
by jbuck919
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And Then There Were None
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: And Then There Were None

Great classic move, BTW, And then there were none. Be sure to add it to your list if you have not seen it.

Who knows, Len? The chemistry might just work out.
by jbuck919
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Good News For NY Philharmonic
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: Good News For NY Philharmonic

If only City Opera had followed such an intelligent plan. Now if only Jaap van Zweden can bring the orchestra up to the artistic standards such an orchestra should have.
by jbuck919
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mystery visitor to solar system: asteroid — or artifact?
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Mystery visitor to solar system: asteroid — or artifact?

We cannot disprove that the sun will not rise tomorrow. This is interesting, no doubt, but the chances of it being of intelligent origin are, well, an astronomical figure to one. Also, it takes a certain mass for a celestial object to approximate a sphere. Even the moons of Mars are not remotely sph...
by jbuck919
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: Vinyl sales hit 25-year high

A fad.What was always wrong with vinyl will remain wrong, namely, that it wears out and is easily scratched. At least the current situation guarantees that there will be turntables, cartridges, and stylusus (is Shure still the preferred brand) for those who want to play their collected vinyl.
by jbuck919
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 205

Re: Facebook reconsidered

Then there were message boards, such as, for instance, the Classical Music Guide. Though I am now the most prolific poster and very senior, I only found out about this place when one evening I googled "classical music message boards."
by jbuck919
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christoph Waltz Who Tarantino Who
Replies: 8
Views: 170

Re: Christoph Waltz Who Tarantino Who

I assume he has arranged the entire opera so that it is in 3/4 time.
by jbuck919
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics

We're still a long way from all-electric cars . . . . Read the book Rise of the Robots. We're still a long way from total climactic collapse too, but that doesn't make a problem any the less urgent to face. If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. I would not quote Hamlet's classic ...
by jbuck919
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: Electric cars may doom 750,000 neighborhood auto mechanics

We're still a long way away from all-electric cars, and just as mechanics adjusted (and became more educated and professional) when the technology behind modern cars developed, many will still be needed to maintain even all-electric vehicles. All professional and para-professional jobs are in danger...
by jbuck919
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 29
Views: 1386

Re: Moving to NYC...!

Congratulations, Garrett,It sounds as though you have proved yourself as qualified for a very responsible job, not to mention that, unlike say teaching at a private prep school (something I tried for once), they are not likely to expect anyone to hold it without paying him enough to live in NYC. I t...
by jbuck919
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Anybody heard or seen "Chalkie" lately?
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Re: Anybody heard or seen "Chalkie" lately?

He continues to post on Facebook. He has and had a gigantic life and career apart from our poor power to add or detract. Though I consider him a friend, I have often wondered why he ever commiserated with the likes of us to begin with. It may not have been evident to everybody at all times, but I th...
by jbuck919
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postmodernism exposed
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: Postmodernism exposed

Valid comments. My concern, as a culture-lover, is that it has excused philistine excesses in the art and music world; ergo, that Emin's "unmade bed" and Duchamp's "Urinal", inter alia, are equivalent to "The Nightwatch" by Rembrandt because it's contingent upon no one artefact having more value an...
by jbuck919
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality
Replies: 10
Views: 278

Re: Exhausted by Harmony, Schoenberg Found Atonality

I know that journalists mostly do not write their own headlines, but it is tonality, not harmony, that is in question, and it was tonality that was supposedly exhausted, not Schoenberg.
by jbuck919
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 67
Views: 1405

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

Concerning that offense, the law, customs, and people's opinions are all over the lot. The so-called age of consent varies from country to country and state to state; it's 14 in Germany, and was 14 in Hawaii until 2001. And in many places the law regarding age differs depending on whether the coupl...
by jbuck919
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date

He thought that a correct answer, the one his son gave, was rectangle. You obviously know that this is completely wrong. Stop being defensive yourself, and support me. This is my last year of doing this activity. What was once a joy has become a burden, I will be 64 before the start of the next seas...
by jbuck919
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 388

Re: It's that time of year again

The Quarter is entirely over-rated, John not for us-we liked it! Regards, Len Part of me does not wish to grace any Red state with my tourist dollars. Nevertheless, I se e your point (and that of John F). I visited the Quarter in the evening, when its main significance was public drunkenness, drink...
by jbuck919
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date

Did you find out what answer this person was objecting to, and why? Of course there's no excuse for disrupting an event like this, but if the guy was actually right... Oh of course I know, but since you are self-admittedly not strong in math, I wonder if you would understand the question. A square ...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 388

Re: It's that time of year again

Unfortunately we don't get that series. There are several other series on various cable TV channels, and I watch them all - I'm a fan, though not a train-spotter. :) Have in mind a rail trip to New Orleans and back next spring, on an overnight train called the Silver Crescent. For most people, New ...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date
Replies: 6
Views: 162

My most difficult Academic Bowl session to date

I'm going to skip over everything else that made it a difficult session and get to the main point, which is that a parent in a game for which I was not reading resisted in the most insulting fashion the answer to a math question. (Yeah, like I'm likely to make a mistake in that category.) He was rev...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 388

Re: It's that time of year again

I've been meaning to ask you before; I saw " Great Railway Journeys of the USA " with Michael Portillo the other night and the trip followed the Hudson River to Albany, but went through Poughkeepsie first. Do you live up that way because it looks totally wonderful right there. Vassar College - we s...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Cendrillon Unknow Of To Me
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Re: A Cendrillon Unknow Of To Me

Just be glad that no German composer ever set this (as far as I know). Cinderella, Cenrillon, and Cenerentola are all mellifluous words, but in Germany she is Aschenputel.
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 388

Re: It's that time of year again

Can 'this old Catholic boy' hear Schubert at the very end of this lied? This old Catholic girl thinks she can! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqlSOjlL2YA When Schubert died, it is said that Schumann wept. This is remarkable. They lived in utterly separate parts of the German-speaking world and nev...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 388

Re: It's that time of year again

Listen, folks, I've edited a number of Wiki articles. Originally they called Schubert's Opus 1 "Der Erlkönig,"when it is just "Elkönig," Did I have to document that? No. The article itself showed the first page of the holograph with the correct title. Similarly, they got the text of the Ave Maria, w...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Verdi’s Requiem Recast as Memorial for Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: Verdi’s Requiem Recast as Memorial for Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Aside from the tragedy of a death from a cause we still have not the slightest idea how to cure, there are other sadnesses here. The Met had to cancel La Forza as a cost-cutting measure? And much of this must surely be owing to the fact that Levine is not and never will be his old self.
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: It's that time of year again
Replies: 27
Views: 388

It's that time of year again

Wikipedia may not be perfect (what is?), but it is far superior to any print encyclopedia ever created except in a historical sense. (The original encyclopedia by Diderot and the classic 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica with music articles by Donald Francis Tovey will forever remain on th...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 17
Views: 825

Re: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...

He who dies with the most toys wins.
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: martin luther music article
Replies: 11
Views: 305

Re: martin luther music article

Fair points, John. Catholics have always been good at expropriating others' ideas, and Protestants aren't too bad either. In the hymnbook we use most often there are tunes by Mozart. As we just learnt Luther didn't say, why should the devil have all the good tunes? (I always heard that attributed t...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: martin luther music article
Replies: 11
Views: 305

Re: martin luther music article

Fine article, but IMO comparing the largely Catholic Renaissance with the largely Lutheran Baroque is comparing apples and oranges. The great Baroque composers, of which were only a couple with a number of decent secondary ones, achieved more in an overall artistic sense than the dozens of great co...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: martin luther music article
Replies: 11
Views: 305

Re: martin luther music article

Fine article, but IMO comparing the largely Catholic Renaissance with the largely Lutheran Baroque is comparing apples and oranges. The great Baroque composers, of which were only a couple with a number of decent secondary ones, achieved more in an overall artistic sense than the dozens of great com...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Postmodernism exposed
Replies: 9
Views: 284

Re: Postmodernism exposed

I loved the hilarious one by Dawkins. (Dawkins is always good.) But unless you have what linguists call aural communicative competency in French, I don't know how you could even follow the other one for the screwed-up subtitles.
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 291

Re: Was This Secular Music:

When my wife and I got married in Dwight Chapel at Yale (oh so many years ago) an organist friend of mine in the School of Music supplied the music as his gift to us. Before the ceremony he played Bach's Toccata and Fugue in F Major (which sounded marvelous on the chapel's baroque-style organ). For...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 291

Re: Was This Secular Music:

Seems like wedding music nowadays is whatever the bride wants. I've heard of a number of random classical selections (like the Pachelbel canon, now perhaps passé), rock songs if any can be found with appropriate lyrics, whatever. As long as there are weddings in the US, there will Pachelbel be play...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 291

Re: Was This Secular Music:

No. Correct, but the funeral march (in some kind of arrangement, I assume, was used at Chopin's own funeral). Churches have largely gotten away from the Lohengrin and Mendelssohn, and some even forbid their use at weddings.The Mendelssohn can at least be played in toto as the recessional_+ postlude...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Charles Manson is finally dead
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: Charles Manson is finally dead

The first time I did Academic Bowl, I was only a community volunteer reader. There was a question to which the answer was Charles Manson, but the student replied "Charlie Manson," an answer I accepted. However, I added "I see you're on a first-name basis," which got a huge laugh.
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Two Operas With Nothing in Common Except Exhausted Women
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: Two Operas With Nothing in Common Except Exhausted Women

I don't live that far from Hudson (if you consider two hours not far, but then nothing is near where I live), a nifty small city, and know someone there, but it's already the 19th. Alas. I would happily have met Len and Sue there with more notice.
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anybody know of good English-speaking schools in Berlin?
Replies: 1
Views: 187

Re: Anybody know of good English-speaking schools in Berlin?

Most important cities have International Schools where the main language of instruction is English. (I know this because I once applied to a bunch of them.) Berlin has more than one. Google International School Berlin. You'll find what you're looking for, including at least one that has an IB progra...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Politics, poor decisions starved New York's subways
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Re: Politics, poor decisions starved New York's subways

For those who do not know, the 1 train is the Broadway Local, the most important subway line in NYC. I used to take it all the time and even had memorized the labyrinthine pedestrian route from the Times Square Station to the old Port Authority terminal. It's a horror story of infrastructure neglect...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: la finta giardiniera
Replies: 4
Views: 263

Re: la finta giardiniera

I can't get excited about anything before Die Entfürung, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. :) When I was teaching in Maryland, I had an extremely talented student who brought in a poster for an opera his equally talented sister was singing in called The Goose of Cairo . It took me a good minute to realiz...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Westminster Choir College being sold
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Re: Westminster Choir College being sold

All I can say, John, is that they were always completely separate institutions, and the Princeton music department has never had a performance major or official performance instruction. (They do have the Naumburg scholarships which pay for lessons, including mine, given by "outsiders.") Except for t...