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by jbuck919
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Westminster Choir College being sold
Replies: 5
Views: 148

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: 148

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: 15
Views: 507

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: 79

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: 122

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: 148

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: 350

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: 11
Views: 303

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: 350

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: 15
Views: 507

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: 350

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: 15
Views: 507

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: 242

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: 15
Views: 507

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: 242

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: 226

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: 226

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: 226

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: 226

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: 33
Views: 607

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: 33
Views: 607

Re: Is the piano recital dying

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by jbuck919
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 226

Re: Favorite moments from musicals

I agree about Sondheim, though he wrote the lyrics only for West Side Story. Incidentally, he along with Donald Trump was a graduate of New York Military Academy, in the town where I grew up, Cornwall, NY. From that town I was taken by what was then called the Enrichment Group to see his musical Com...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 607

Re: Is the piano recital dying

people showed up for Horowitz because of his fame. He was not that great a pianist. He insisted on playing Kinderszenen at his late recitals, something that I could play adequately when I was twelve years old. Surely there can't be many who agree with that, or ever have! I certainly don't. Horowitz...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 607

Re: Is the piano recital dying

It does seem that there are fewer solo piano recitals in New York than there used to be. Carnegie Hall still has a series, but Lincoln Center's Great Performers lineup does not. The recital still appeals to pianists, who earn more from it than from concerto appearances and don't have to share the s...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Favorite moments from musicals
Replies: 13
Views: 226

Favorite moments from musicals

As I have posted recently, at least implicitly, I think that the great musicals ended pretty much with West Side Story, or perhaps Oliver. Nothing by Andrew Lloyd Webber counts. I also realize that this overlaps with the thread The Great American Soundbook. Nevertheless I cannot keep from coming bac...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 607

Re: Is the piano recital dying

Why were the people "confused"? Your comments don't make this clear. They were not strong classically trained music fans, and it was a difficult program (in terms of knowing the pieces). I'm afraid that this is typical in the US, and doesn't just happen at piano recitals. I'm not saying he did not ...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is the piano recital dying
Replies: 33
Views: 607

Re: Is the piano recital dying

One reason is that pianists have lost serious interest in solo recitals. Too much has gone to recordings, it is an ordeal even for the best of them, and audiences have become scarcer. Even Martha Argerich will not play a solo recital anymore, but insists on performing with other forces. All the way ...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony
Replies: 10
Views: 433

Re: Michael Tilson Thomas Will Leave San Francisco Symphony

Among his other talents, MTT could sing. Some time ago, I posted him surprising the audience by turning around from the conductor's stand and singing a verse from one of Bernstein's musicals. Unfortunately I cannot now find it, but it is a bit ironic, for Bernstein himself, though he had absolute pi...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Salzburg festival
Replies: 9
Views: 274

Re: Salzburg festival

When I think of the Salzburg festival, I can't help thinking about Herbert von Karajan. Those of my age will remember the he made many LPs in which he had a lion-like appearance on the cover. Then I saw this special from Salzburg and went into a state of shock at seeing that he was really a small, b...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 413

Re: Prodigies

Incidentally, I've been on the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), which is still in commission. It was the greatest warship of its time, built up far beyond other wooden ships. It fought in many battles and never lost one. It is always commanded by a navy captain (the equivalent of a full colonel in ...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 413

Re: Prodigies

Somebody did write 'myth' but that post seems to have disappeared and that's why jbuck and myself referred to it! :? I had autistic students when I taught and they didn't 'disturb' me as I could handle them, but it was often difficult getting through to them. One girl in particular in senior Englis...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Another incredible episode of What's My Line
Replies: 9
Views: 242

Another incredible episode of What's My Line

Unbelievably, none of the panel recognized Kentucky Colonel Sanders or knew what he did.

by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: chopin's heart
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: chopin's heart

John we stay in secaucus to save money on nyc hotels-we get a nice room for half the price and there's breakfast and free parking-then we take the nj transit 320 bus into the port authority-we're so glad we developed this system about 3 years ago-the ride in by bus is about 15 to 20 minutes. Our bi...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 413

Re: Prodigies

As the brother of a severely autistic man (now deceased) I would heartily agree with Ricordanza on this. Her social interactions during the interview were very normal. As for the accents, I'd say she is still developing her public persona and is experimenting with options. Nothing "idiote-savante" ...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 623

Re: Hamlet

Then there's this, which I heard live because I happened to be the performer's son's teacher.

by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: chopin's heart
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: chopin's heart

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/arts/chopin-heart-tuberculosis.html?rref=collection%2Fspotlightcollection%2Fclassical-music-reviews&action=click&contentCollection=music®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection&_r=0 Len from secaucus For our foreign cor...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 623

Re: Hamlet

I am aware that Hamlet, the longest play ever written, is a conflation of sources, but it does work that way. I would not know what to cut for it to make sense in a modern performance. Give me that man that is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him in my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of heart, as ...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 623

Re: Hamlet

OK I have it, and I'm still laughing myself silly over it. To be, or not to be, Ay there's the point, To Die, to sleep, is that all? Aye all: No, to sleep, to dream, aye marry there it goes, For in that dream of death, when we awake, And borne before an everlasting Judge, From whence no passenger ev...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 23
Views: 921

Re: "Paradise Lost"

I know the film well; a drama teacher of mine from a theatre school I attended in 1970, Gillian Owen, was in a minor role as one of Marilyn's friends in that film. Olivier intensely disliked Marilyn Monroe and I think it shows in the film! And Paula Strasberg nearly drove him insane. Marilyn Monroe...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata

Here is another Heilig, by Mendelssohn. Though Mark and others here undoubtedly know it, it is not commonly known. This performance is not perfect, but I could not find a better one on YouTube. I've sung it twice in my life, and in fact it is one of the reasons I have perfect German singing pronunci...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: andrew lloyd webber school of rock
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: andrew lloyd webber school of rock

John he may have a formula but it works for Sue and myself-we've seen phantom of the opera twice now over the years and really enjoyed it. This schoolof rock was quite imaginative and the kids energy was just a pleasure to watch. Len I saw the movie version of Phantom when I was in Germany, and I t...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: andrew lloyd webber school of rock
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: andrew lloyd webber school of rock

I'm not the only one here who detests Andrew Lloyd Webber. Chalkie calls him "Lord Ugly." (His father, BTW, Lloyd Webber, was a famous organist.) He is largely responsible for turning the whole business of musicals in the rock/pop direction. He has a formula, in which each of his musicals has one ba...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Noel Coward's Present Laughter
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Noel Coward's Present Laughter

Interesting thing about Noel Coward. He was flamboyantly homosexual, but also a very good actor. You would never guess his basic orientation from his performance in the classy WW II propaganda movie In Which We Serve . Irrelevantly, I note that this is the post that took me past 26,000. Actually, I ...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 727

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

The ISIS-inspired car attack in New York City was horrible. So is the more recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. And that was Christian-on-Christian crime. Seems like neither Islam nor Christianity has much claim on being a "religion of peace". These attacks happen with such regularity you ...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 623

Re: Hamlet

The First Quarto is the short "Hamlet." (Also the most corrupt text: "To be, or not to be, I there's the point.") I've seen a performance of the uncut standard version and it ran about 4 1/2 hours at a pretty fast pace. Of course singing plus the orchestral bits take far longer than speaking the pl...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 413

Re: Prodigies

There will never be another Mozart. All the greatest composers were prodigies, but that was then and this is now. Prodigious talent is even rarer than absolute pitch. I don't even know where they would go these days to avoid total frustration.

by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata

It is not that difficult a subject. Bach improvised a three-voice fugue on it for Frederick the Great, already an incredible accomplishment. Then he went home and wrote the greatest keyboard fugue of all time.

by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 1109

Re: The Reformation

Newton did mathematics and banned religion from the academy but in practice he also devoted an inordinate amount of time to theology and alchemy. Responding only to this part of your post, you are correct. Newton was a piece of work in many ways. His famous remark to Robert Hooke, "If I have seen f...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 727

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

Can we just call a truce here please? We're talking about four valuable members. They should not be at one another's throats over something like this.
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 727

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

I did not know where Chalkie lives, and am sorry for suffering endured at 9/11. But I strongly disagree that no one who lives in New York can be guilty of parochialism. A lot of New Yorkers - I do not accuse Chalkie of this - consider New York the centre of the universe and pay little attention to ...