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by jbuck919
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Moving to NYC...!
Replies: 26
Views: 1141

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: 102

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: 204

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: 209

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: 1137

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: 102

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: 296

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: 102

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: 296

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: 102

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: 296

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: 111

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: 296

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: 296

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: 168

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: 296

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: 763

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: 228

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: 228

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: 228

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: 204

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: 204

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: 204

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: 204

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: 131

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: 178

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: 137

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: 120

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: 232

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: 347

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...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Westminster Choir College being sold
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: Westminster Choir College being sold

Addendum. I contacted my best music major friend, and she is already a member of the Save Westminster group. Every single thing in the following brings back memories such that I am in tears.

https://www.savewestminster.org/
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 17
Views: 763

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

Then there is Mars Attacks , which is facetious, but would certainly scare if not terrify a small child. Walter Pidgeon also starred as Admiral Nelson in the movie version of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea , which led to the TV series, one of Irwin Allen's many mediocre creations, though I think I ...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: compuserve forums ending dec 15
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: compuserve forums ending dec 15

I wonder if they are in cahoots with Rider "University."
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: war of the worlds opera LA
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: war of the worlds opera LA

Irrelevantly, the location of the invasion was Princeton, or nearby. Also, there was a TV series War of the Worlds. The effects of the flying machines from the old movie were so good that the TV series did not try to improve on them.
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Westminster Choir College being sold
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: Westminster Choir College being sold

As John F undoubtedly knows, WCC was independent back at the time I attended Princeton. My college organ teacher James Litton, who went on to better things and became famous in his field, was a professor there. (So once was Carl Weinrich, who resigned from there because they dismissed from the choir...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 506

Re: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

I think you'll find people and their politics are much more nuanced than you would think. I accept your scolding and think you made some good points. However in the current situation in the US the "nuance" is deciding how much to make the very rich even richer and stick it to everybody else. You sa...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 43
Views: 1074

Re: What I listened to today

Glad you're doing better-what was causing the nose bleeds? Regards, Len Now that's none of your business. ;) I have also had anomalous conditions that required a hospitalization. (For one of them, nosebleeds were an after-effect because the last thing they did was shoot me with a blood thinner, afr...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 506

Re: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

I deplore the modern tendency of the deep state and it's advocates to tell the people what's good for them. Belle what about things like banning smoking in public places and restaurants or are you only talking about food-I remember the NYC attempt by Mayor Bloomberg on the size of soda cups that on...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 17
Views: 763

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

Even I would recognize it, and I was no good in math at school. I take it as an in-joke between the authors and the sci fi audience, who would surely get it, at least those of my generation would have in the 1950s. Whether Walter Pidgeon was in on the joke, I don't know. :) It might be that way, Jo...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny
Replies: 12
Views: 506

Re: Jamie Oliver as scold and nanny

I love Jamie Oliver. I wish he had a regular series now instead of some of the, well I won't use the word, that you find on the Food Network. Many of his recipes are online, and you don't even need to buy a cookbook. As for school meals, in the US they are almost uniformly still awful. I won't eat i...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 17
Views: 763

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

Among the many innovations in "Forbidden Planet" was a completely electronic score. Because no musicians were used (other than the composers), the musicians' union blocked any musical credits, so the score wasn't eligible for an Oscar; otherwise it might well have won. I love that score as an essen...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another incredible episode of What's My Line
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: Another incredible episode of What's My Line

lennygoran wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:24 pm
jbuck919 wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:26 pm
Never heard of Geritol?
I definitely remember that item! Regards, Len
Geritol, which tasted absolutely awful, is the basis for the famous Vitameatavegiamin episode of I Love Lucy.
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Robbie the Robot - Going once, going twice...
Replies: 17
Views: 763

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

Love that movie and have seen it many times. The Robot in Lost in Space was not the same, but was inspired by Robbie.
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another incredible episode of What's My Line
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: Another incredible episode of What's My Line

Unbelievably, none of the panel recognized Kentucky Colonel Sanders or knew what he did. bfXBhfM8ga0 I thought the Geritol sponsorship was priceless! Does it derive from the world "geri-atric"? And the ' potency ' in the advertising blurb...!! 😉 Colonel Sanders reminds me of that other famous colon...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 397

Re: Favorite moments from musicals

For John F, no, I did not know about that particular musical by Babbitt, who was one of my professors at "the other place," but I did know that he wrote something like hundreds of pop songs to make money, not a single one of which ever made the charts. One problem I have with My Fair Lady , even tho...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 397

Re: Favorite moments from musicals

This thread has gotten a little ahead of me and I have to go back and review some things, but today is a national holiday in the US (official Veterans Day). Here is an excellent performance of a show-stopping number from 1776 , perhaps a little later than my previous expiry time. The musical was act...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 397

Re: Favorite moments from musicals

:mrgreen: As it happens, one of the musicals I can abide and even enjoy is by Sondheim, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." I was lucky enough to see it during the first run with Zero Mostel, but it wasn't just him. Others I like are more operettas than musicals, "My Fair Lady" and "C...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 397

Re: Favorite moments from musicals

Cole Porter is a rare exception of someone who did his own orchestrations. Richard Rodgers did not do his, though of course Bernstein did. One of my grad school teachers was Maury Yeston, whom most of you probably have never heard of. His dream was to write Broadway musicals, which he ultimately rea...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1093

Re: Is the piano recital dying

To John F: I meant the B-flat minor of course. Only the introduction and its recurrence is in that key. It is mostly in D Flat, With a long passage in E Major/minor. The transition between keys is one of the things that make it wondrous, and of course Liszt was wrong in a literal sense. Nevertheless...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 41
Views: 1093

Re: Is the piano recital dying

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