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by jbuck919
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 12
Views: 138

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

I realize that this is all translation, but the level of erudition of Liszt's prose is beyond belief. This from a man who once said that he had no real native language. (Yes, I know he was Hungarian, but you get the point.)
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO Op-Ed —> Prehistoric college football coaches are killing players
Replies: 5
Views: 73

Re: WAPO Op-Ed —> Prehistoric college football coaches are killing players

When I was teaching in Maryland, someone from outside the school was trying to start a rugby club. It did not fly within the school, probably because rugby has little in the way of protective equipment. We played intramural flag football. Best practice was to shred the flags into thin strips and ti...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WAPO Op-Ed —> Prehistoric college football coaches are killing players
Replies: 5
Views: 73

Re: WAPO Op-Ed —> Prehistoric college football coaches are killing players

All I can say is that I have always hated and disapproved of this sport. All contact sports present danger, but perhaps none (except boxing) as much as American football. I am thinking more about high school players, several of whom die or are very seriously injured every year. Wrestling, in which t...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest on priest abuse of children
Replies: 14
Views: 186

Re: Latest on priest abuse of children

Most of you probably know that Pope Francis has just issued an encyclical on this topic. Nevertheless, he's been "working" on this since he was elected, and I don't expect any more improvement from this development, any more than Paul VI's Humanae Vitae stopped Catholics from practicing birth contro...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Less Ride of the Valkyries and more the march of the tablets
Replies: 10
Views: 105

Re: Less Ride of the Valkyries and more the march of the tablets

So, Len, are you the nuisance that ruins concerts by lighting up your smart machines and distracting me? I'm glad to have identified you, and a couple of heavies are on their way to your house as we speak... Barney not me-I'm completely innocent-so is Sue! Regards, Len :lol: I don't doubt it, Len. ...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 24
Views: 254

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

I entirely agree about pronouncing names as their owners wish. Some of you may not realise that B-a-r-n-e-y is actually pronounced Y-o-u-r-(pause)-L-o-r-d-s-h-i-p. So I am glad to take this opportunity of correcting you. I thought you were going to say Bernie, just as Derby is pronounced Darby and ...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms
Replies: 13
Views: 108

Re: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms

As most of you probably know, CSS was the most brilliant and prodigious composer of all time I don't know that, and though you don't appear to be joking, it's a joke. In high school I went on a Saint-Saëns binge, stimulated by the Symphony No. 3 which was constantly played on the FM "Good Music" st...
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 12
Views: 138

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

Per Wiki: " During what was probably the first meeting of Brahms and Richard Wagner in January 1863, Brahms performed his Handel Variations. Despite the great differences between the two men in musical style and an underlying tension based on musical politics—Brahms championing a more conservative ...
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Liszt on Beethoven
Replies: 12
Views: 138

Re: Liszt on Beethoven

It is commonly thought that Liszt was a Wagnerian and in the anti-Brahms camp. In fact, he once wrote a letter to Brahms about his second piano concerto which went something like this: "I didn't appreciate your concerto at first, but now I recognize it as a profound masterpiece."
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My clothes dryer plays Schubert
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: My clothes dryer plays Schubert

Many years ago, I had employment at a place where the copy machine played the melody of Für Elise. Some folks came to me to identify it, but when I said what it was, they still didn't have a clue, and I had to add "Beethoven." Seems that none of them had ever had childhood piano lessons.
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms
Replies: 13
Views: 108

Re: Joshua Bell plays Saint-Saens VC # 3 at Proms

Anyone who listens the the second movement of that concerto and still thinks Saint-Saens is a negligible composer needs to have the head examined. As most of you probably know, CSS was the most brilliant and prodigious composer of all time, though of course not the most important in terms of accompl...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Frederic Rzewski plays "Hammerklavier" fugue live
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Re: Frederic Rzewski plays "Hammerklavier" fugue live

Wonderful. To this day, few pianists dare assay this in public. The Opus 106 was not performed intact until some years after Beethoven's death. It is doubtful that he himself could have performed this movement. The person known to Garrett Shatzer (IcedNote) and myself, in high school befriended no l...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Less Ride of the Valkyries and more the march of the tablets
Replies: 10
Views: 105

Re: Less Ride of the Valkyries and more the march of the tablets

An added bonus of using a pedal to turn virtual pages on tablets is that audience members are not distracted from the music by every violinist leaning forward at the same time to turn a page of sheet music. To quote our friend John Francis, say what? I don't think I've read anything more ridiculous...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Vets Day 1918-2018 MAGA-style: The only soldiers allowed to parade are those who never do
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Re: Vets Day 1918-2018 MAGA-style: The only soldiers allowed to parade are those who never do

This is, of course, entirely phony. The reason he cancelled is because he does not dare allow himself to appear in public, and for good reasons. He's the most protected president we have ever had, and I could only wish that the Secret Service would pull on him what Indira Gandhi's Sikh bodyguards did.
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: West Side Story John Wilson 2018 Proms BINAURAL mix
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: West Side Story John Wilson 2018 Proms BINAURAL mix

Please explain to me why binaural is different from stereo. As you know, I consider WSS the last great Broadway musical and adore it mostly, but I could not get this to work for me. I kept getting the message "This content is not available in your location." Incidentally, "Maria" is the standard way...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Original jazz band version of "Rhapsody in Blue" live
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: Original jazz band version of "Rhapsody in Blue" live

Belongs in the Pub. My views on Gershwin as a classical composer are by now well known, or should be. The crossover mistake of all time.

by jbuck919
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 24
Views: 254

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

Robert Mule-ler or Muh-ler? Some names just have to be Americanized. Neither of those pronunciations is correct in German. When John Boehner was Speaker of the House, I made the incredibly stupid mistake of asking an Academic Bowl question and pronouncing it Boner. (Fortunately, kids forget things ...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aretha Nessun Dorma
Replies: 16
Views: 178

Re: Aretha Nessun Dorma

Only someone as great as Aretha Franklin could get away with this. It is, of course, completely inappropriate for a female singer. You never heard of a trouser role! Regards, Len [on the run] :lol: Do get back in touch with me the next time you hear Jonas Kaufmann sing Voi che sapete. :lol:
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”
Replies: 15
Views: 241

Re: Putting Conductors In Their Place: Sexual Harassment and the Death of the “Maestro Myth”

While it's totally right and proper to revere and collect those great soloists and conductors that introduced us to great music, I also enjoy being on the lookout for artists of similar depth and flair among today's crowd of great performers. Who are they? Who are the Toscaninis and Sviatoslav Rich...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 104

Re: Bruce Hungerford's Beethoven piano sonatas

I certainly hope that our Donald Isler sees this immediately, though he would already know about the offering. Rach3 may not know this, but Hungerford was his main piano teacher, and I don't think Don's ever gotten over his untimely death in an accident.
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Aretha Nessun Dorma
Replies: 16
Views: 178

Re: Aretha Nessun Dorma

Only someone as great as Aretha Franklin could get away with this. It is, of course, completely inappropriate for a female singer.

by jbuck919
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 24
Views: 254

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

My own name--Brosseau-- is still pronounced Brah-so by those left in my family who have it. When I went to college I changed it to the closest possible approximation of correct French, which is still not perfect. (In French, the two syllables would be pronounced equivalently with no accent on either...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...
Replies: 24
Views: 254

Re: About pronouncing "steen" or "stine" ...

In German, stein is pronounced STINE, because of something called "reverse assimilation." The vowel combination takes its sound from the second vowel. It's the same mechanism that makes someone with a German accents say EKKS, while we say EGGZ. In musical circles, like you, Lance, I've found that i...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee's latest journey into the dark heart of America
Replies: 5
Views: 194

Re: BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee's latest journey into the dark heart of America

I did not say that his films have no artistic value, but have you ever heard him interviewed live? He can barely stand being in the same room with a white person, and makes it quite obvious. Another "offender" in this regard is the Nobel Prize winning Toni Morrison, whom I once heard interviewed in ...
by jbuck919
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kars 4 Kids - what?
Replies: 7
Views: 124

Re: Kars 4 Kids - what?

All I can think of is that that violinist looks an awful lot like the older version of the actor Leslie Nielsen. :)
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest on priest abuse of children
Replies: 14
Views: 186

Re: Latest on priest abuse of children

Alcoholism is definitely a factor, though I don't know how much it plays into the abuse situation. In the parish where I grew up, the pastor was the retired Chief of Navy Chaplains, like all US chiefs of chaplains a flag officer of two stars, i.e. a rear admiral of the second degree. He might have t...
by jbuck919
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest on priest abuse of children
Replies: 14
Views: 186

Re: Latest on priest abuse of children

Allowing priests to marry, IMO, would solve 90% of the problem if not more. I doubt it. Unless you mean allowing them to marry underaged kids. It's ultimately a question of causation. Is the priesthood selecting for a subset of the population predisposed to pedophilia? Or are the rules and restrict...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Latest on priest abuse of children
Replies: 14
Views: 186

Latest on priest abuse of children

I've never figured this out, though I have a theory. I grew up Catholic and knew numerous priests, and never in any of their wildest dreams would it have occurred to them to approach me inappropriately. There is something that even other disapproving priests call "clerical culture," which is a euphe...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The "other" Francks: Eduard and Richard
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: The "other" Francks: Eduard and Richard

Whew, you had me scared for a minute. Thanks for adding that they are no relation to César, the only important Belgian composer of the common practice period. I know that I have deprecated the hideous Panis Angelicus, but he also wrote this:

by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 254

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

A simple Google search will bring up info about scientific inquiries that explore he meaningful effect of music on animal species other than humans. The two pieces I posted being only the tip of the iceberg. The impact may not yet be provable but it is not, as you claim, an idiotic notion. Scientif...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 254

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

If you can produce a study in which a true experiment was run to prove that cows give more milk when they have been listening to Mozart (or something on that level), then I will change my mind. Laboratory animals exist for only one reason, and that is to improve human well-being. I can understand pi...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV

Yes, I remember the days when all we needed to watch TV was a TV set and, if we were really keen about it, an outdoor antenna. Actually, I know someone who still does that, though now he needs a digital TV set or a digital/analog converter, and with three public TV stations and the City University ...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 254

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

Q.E.D.Which means "quod est demonstrandum," meaning roughly "I have made my point." 😉 Ibid. I'm getting quite an education here-yeah I had to look up ibid too: "Ibid. - Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibid. Ibid. is an abbrevation for the Latin word ibīdem, meaning "in the same place", commo...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 1183

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

We were in South Korea recently where tipping is almost universally forbidden and almost considered an affront if you offer. We flew Korean Airlines in the late 1970's or early 1980's as tourists-a trip that included Japan, Korea, Thailand and Hong Kong-got a great price in those days through Sue's...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: Cable TV, basically Spectrum/DIRECTV

I had DirectTV before, but it was via satellite, the only possible connection where I live. Now I have Dish TV. I can't even remember why I switched, only that I wish it weren't so expensive.
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 254

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:09 pm
jbuck919 wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:21 pm
"It is a truth universally acknowledged" is a quotation from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Q.E.D.
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Which means "quod erat demonstrandum," meaning roughly "I have made my point." 😉
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 254

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

It is "music hath charms to soothe the savage breast," not beast. It is the opening line of William Congreve's The Mourning Bride . It is a truth universally acknowledged, even in the present Age of Surfaces, that whosoever pursues trivial knowledge, foregoes that which is worth doing. "It is a tru...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast
Replies: 18
Views: 254

Re: Gimme shelter — music to soothe the savage beast

It is "music hath charms to soothe the savage breast," not beast. It is the opening line of William Congreve's The Mourning Bride.
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The greatest quiz show upset of all time
Replies: 3
Views: 78

Re: The greatest quiz show upset of all time

I believe that was Walter Kaufmann, with two n's rather than one. At least it is if it was the same historian of philosophy who rehabilitated Nietzsche in the 1950's. I am sorry for the misspelling. I'm not getting any younger, you know. 8) Yes, in his time Kaufmann, who died far too young (in his ...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Leon Fleisher & Mitusko Uchida at Marlboro VT
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Leon Fleisher & Mitusko Uchida at Marlboro VT

Leon Fleisher is, of course, a Baltimorean. Many years ago I attended a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience, or, Bunthorn's Bride at the Park School in that city. His son, whose voice had not yet changed, was stupendous as Bunthorn. Talent runs in families.

by jbuck919
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bavarian State Opera With Refugees Uses Rossini's Mose in Egitto
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Bavarian State Opera With Refugees Uses Rossini's Mose in Egitto

It is a misconception based on previous history that Munich is a conservative city. The current mayor is a member of the Social Democratic Party, and Munich has been governed by the Social Democrats or a Social Democrat-led coalition for all but six years since 1948. Yes, rural Bavaria and the smal...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The greatest quiz show upset of all time
Replies: 3
Views: 78

The greatest quiz show upset of all time

I do not like getting these Windows 10 pocket suggestions, and wish I could figure out how to turn them off, because almost all news is bad. (As one of my college professors, Walter Kaufman, said, everything is awful and always has been.) Nevertheless, I could not resist this one. I have retired fro...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'Be fruitful and multiply,' Beijing tells its millennials
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: 'Be fruitful and multiply,' Beijing tells its millennials

Right now, as usual at this time of year, I'm dealing with be fruitfly, and multiple. :)
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Kars 4 Kids - what?
Replies: 7
Views: 124

Re: Kars 4 Kids - what?

Donating a car to charity is a gigantic scam. It may get an old car off your hands without going through the even worse process of trying to sell it privately or through a dealer, but that is all there is to be said about it. You get no receipt from the person who actually picks the car up, and the ...
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Absolute Pitch
Replies: 1
Views: 139

Re: Absolute Pitch

This has come up before, but possibly before Len joined. Absolute pitch is something one is born with. You either have it, or you don't. There is no in-between, or developing it later on. I have known a number of people who have it, and I assure you that I could not match them in their power to iden...
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee's latest journey into the dark heart of America
Replies: 5
Views: 194

Re: BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee's latest journey into the dark heart of America

Our no-longer-posting member Chalkie once did a photo session with Spike Lee and couldn't wait to get rid of him. He confirmed my opinion, base on earlier movies and interviews, that he is a reverse racist, or, in plain English, that he hates white people.
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11
Replies: 78
Views: 1183

Re: CMG luncheon Sat Aug 11

Yes, folks, I blew it. I'm not exactly old and feeble, but from where I live I just don't have this kind of trip in me anymore. I live alone and would need someone else to kick my arse out of here to motivate me. I hope you will forgive me, and that those of you who did attend had a wonderful time.
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Yet another episode of What's My Line
Replies: 0
Views: 98

Yet another episode of What's My Line

Forget the guests, though as usual this is an entirely interesting episode. The amazing thing is that Van Cliburn is on the panel. He looks so young. He was a boy.

by jbuck919
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Oscars to Add "Popular Film" Category

Many years ago I was a communicating member of IMDB. There was a very intelligent member who ran a series called "rewriting the Oscars." One of the few winners that withstood the test of time was this, which won for best song:

by jbuck919
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: When will 'Our Mr. Sun' CME Earth again?
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: When will 'Our Mr. Sun' CME Earth again?

A pity that it can't be harnessed to destroy only Republicans.