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by jbuck919
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Legend Of Faust
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: The Legend Of Faust

I think we've all forgotten Gretchen am Spinnrade. Gretchen is short for Margarite in German and the words are by Goethe. It is easily the most famous Lied ever written (unless it is Erlkönig, also to a text by Goethe), but it is based on Faust abandoning Margarite. Incidentally, Schubert, who was b...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Legend Of Faust
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: The Legend Of Faust

Faust means "fist" in German, and there is a movie by Reiner Werner Fassbinder called Faustrecht der Freiheit which mimics a suicide that eventually Fassbiner committed himself. I researched this title for a long time and still cannot come up with an adequate translation. It is usually called in En...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Replies: 6
Views: 58

Re: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

Thanks John F. I haven't listened to the whole work in a very long time, but this afternoon it was my listening for the day. Brendel may have made that comment, and tried to put out that part of it in his performance, but the Diabelli Variations are anything but comic. If one wants comic from Beetho...
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Math guy suggests excess CO2 could turn our crops into sugary junk food
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: Math guy suggests excess CO2 could turn our crops into sugary junk food

I'm a math guy too and this is perfectly ridiculous. We have enough problems with climate change caused mainly by excess CO2 without borrowing this kind of trouble.
by jbuck919
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Replies: 6
Views: 58

Re: Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

It is easily the greatest set of variations of all time, and what is remarkable is that it is based on the silliest theme, which I would not dignify by calling it a waltz. In contrast, the second-greatest set, the Goldberg Variations, is based on a beautiful and complex aria which Bach wrote himself
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 14
Views: 180

Re: Dame Kiri retires

The Guardian, previously the Manchester Guardian, used to have good writers about classical music - Edward Greenfield, Neville Cardus, Philip Hope-Wallace. But since Greenfield retired in '93, I don't know who they've got. Nobody much, it seems. This is way off topic, but once at grad school (Yale ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri retires
Replies: 14
Views: 180

Re: Dame Kiri retires

Then there is this (advance to 27 minutes)

by jbuck919
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gould-berg Variations Madness
Replies: 10
Views: 188

Re: Gould-berg Variations Madness

Why should listeners not be obsessed with the Gouldbergs since the artist clearly was mad about the Goldbergs? I call you j, incidentally, because it is presumably your first initial, when unlike me you have never divulged your true name here. That is entirely your privilege. The rest is the Italia...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: brenda lewis
Replies: 15
Views: 199

Re: brenda lewis

Anyone who knows about boys voices, as I do, knows that they can go all over the place after they change. The reverse is also true, which is that many men only find their voice relatively late. Nevertheless, I sincerely thank you for your contributions about Peter Schreier. It appeares that my earli...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Legend Of Faust
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: The Legend Of Faust

Faust means "fist" in German, and there is a movie by Reiner Werner Fassbinder called Faustrecht der Freiheit which mimics a suicide that eventually Fassbiner committed himself. I researched this title for a long time and still cannot come up with an adequate translation. It is usually called in Eng...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: brenda lewis
Replies: 15
Views: 199

Re: brenda lewis

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:03 pm
So he mellowed out. Great for him, and us, but if we are of a similar age you remember his younger so-called singing.
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gould-berg Variations Madness
Replies: 10
Views: 188

Re: Gould-berg Variations Madness

Yes, well, what others have to say is to wonder if Goldberg himself could play the Goldberg Variations adequately . The end point of them is widely considered the most difficult keyboard music prior to late Beethoven. I couldn't care less about umpteen versions by Glenn Gould.
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: brenda lewis
Replies: 15
Views: 199

Re: brenda lewis

I've enjoyed the name of Peter Schreier since I was in college, not least because his singing sounded a great deal like screaming.
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: brenda lewis
Replies: 15
Views: 199

Re: brenda lewis

I hate to say this, but if I were an opera singer I would not go by the name Brenda Lewis. You are aware, of course, that Frederica von Stade, who was from New Jersey, changed the pronunciation of her name to sound German. A certain singer from Brooklyn went by "Beverly Sills", probably to sound En...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: brenda lewis
Replies: 15
Views: 199

Re: brenda lewis

I hate to say this, but if I were an opera singer I would not go by the name Brenda Lewis. You are aware, of course, that Frederica von Stade, who was from New Jersey, changed the pronunciation of her name to sound German.
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Mcdonald's orders come to table
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: Mcdonald's orders come to table

And exactly what were you and Sue thinking of to stop at McDonald's for "a snack"? Between northern New Jersey and Connecticut there are a thousand better possibilities.
by jbuck919
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Castrato will Be Coming To Bdway
Replies: 3
Views: 165

Re: A Castrato will Be Coming To Bdway

There is an excellent movie Farinelli. Caution about the following excerpt. It is not for the faint of heart.

by jbuck919
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Jerry Lewis and the French
Replies: 14
Views: 748

Re: Jerry Lewis and the French

Poe wrote bad horror stories. If an English teacher wants to assign a good one, she can introduce her students to the novella Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, a small literary masterpiece that is surprising and not what one would expect from the many dramatizations. It can be the ...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Jerry Lewis and the French
Replies: 14
Views: 748

Re: Jerry Lewis and the French

Poe wrote bad horror stories. If an English teacher wants to assign a good one, she can introduce her students to the novella Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, a small literary masterpiece that is surprising and not what one would expect from the many dramatizations. It can be the s...
by jbuck919
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Jerry Lewis and the French
Replies: 14
Views: 748

Re: Jerry Lewis and the French

. . . the early movies with Dean Martin [were] a blatant rip-off of the Abbott and Costello shtick . . . the French, supposedly sophisticated, celebrated Lewis as some kind of genius . . . . The French film critic Agnès Poirier has attempted to explain this strange aberration, but I think she fails...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: They have not the creative power

Unfortunately, the medieval scholastics are all dead, and as for the older version of the Catholic Encyclopedia, a remarkable work of scholarship, the entire thing has been online for some time.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: They have not the creative power

Never argue with a Jesuit. (AMDG stands for Ad majorem Dei gloriam--to the greater glory of God, the motto of the Jesuit order.) But here I go anyway. I don't care whether Alma Redemptoris Mater is metrical or not (it is very obscure that way), it is not a hymn no matter what you have read in Wikipe...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: They have not the creative power

Sorry about the gaffe regarding Hildegarde. It's very unusual for a pope to reach back that far to canonize someone, but of course Benedict XVI was/is a fine musician and German. A great many saints of old on the calendar were never formally canonized at all. Your trivia question of the day is, who ...
by jbuck919
Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: They have not the creative power

She is not officially in the canon of saints. When I was in Germany, there was a convocation of all the music teachers from Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe that took place in Bingen, a still existing and apparently prosperous small city on the Rhine. None of my colleagues knew abou...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The "original" Sound of Music
Replies: 5
Views: 142

Re: The "original" Sound of Music

When I was 8 years old, the Trapp Family came to Lancaster for a Christmas concert, probably in the Community Concert series. They were: Agatha Trapp, Elonor Trapp, first sopranos Maria Trapp, second soprano Mailina Trapp, Hedwig Trapp, first altos Mailina Augusta Trapp, second alto Werner Trapp, t...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The "original" Sound of Music
Replies: 5
Views: 142

The "original" Sound of Music

Many of you may know about this, but I just stumbled on a German movie called The Trapp Family . Now you'd think, wouldn't you, that a German movie (yes, I mean German, and know that the Trapps were Austrian) couldn't possibly be as sappy and sentimental as The Sound of Music. Well, you'd be wrong. ...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: They have not the creative power

Well, the first composer whose name is known to us was a woman: Hildegard of Bingen. :wink:
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: They have not the creative power

j, you are not writing with much empiricism to back you up. Yes, breast cancer occurs in men but it is very rare, while it is still tragically common in women. There is a difference between stereotyping and looking at the numbers. You are writing as though we were at odds on this. We are not. But th...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: They have not the creative power

The reason that women have contributed little to the arts (or science or any endeavor for that matter) is that until very recently they were relegated to another role. Anyone who thinks anything different is indulging in the fallacy of incredulity. Women Scientists Before the 20st Century This is a...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: Surprising Work Performed by a Conductor

Danny Kaye, who could not read music, going on the road to conduct just a handful of works, including a surprisingly good Beethoven's Fifth. ;)
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ‘La Fanciulla del West’ at New York City Opera
Replies: 6
Views: 153

Re: ‘La Fanciulla del West’ at New York City Opera

Not to put Len into a state of apoplectic shock or anything, but I actually like Puccini. He is sui generis, and I agree that La Fanciulla is ridiculously neglected. I can hear nothing in his still frequently-performed operas to make me prefer them to this one. Anyone ever notice that with the excep...
by jbuck919
Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They have not the creative power
Replies: 23
Views: 863

Re: They have not the creative power

The reason that women have contributed little to the arts (or science or any endeavor for that matter) is that until very recently they were relegated to another role. Anyone who thinks anything different is indulging in the fallacy of incredulity.
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rossini's Extensive Piano Music
Replies: 10
Views: 287

Re: Rossini's Extensive Piano Music

Beethoven got it right when he said that Rossini should never be allowed to compose anything but comic opera. What, no William Tell, no Semiramide, surely you jest! Regards, Len :roll: They are serious operas of some substance I admit, but my paraphrase of Beethoven's comment is correct. I'm afraid...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thousands of little Indonesian kids smoke; one eight-year-old started chain smoking at two
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: Thousands of little Indonesian kids smoke; one eight-year-old started chain smoking at two

I'm trying to figure out why you bothered to post this. Indonesia has a population into the millions and lacks the resources to provide medical care for smoking-related illness. The third world is what the the third world is, and this one country is no exception.
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Boy Scouts are eyeing girls but Girl Scouts are not welcoming their attentions
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: Boy Scouts are eyeing girls but Girl Scouts are not welcoming their attentions

diegobueno wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:34 am
I joined the Boy Scouts around the same time I started eyeing girls, so I guess nothing has changed. :D
Well I joined the scouts at about the same time I was eyeing boys, so there.
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rossini's Extensive Piano Music
Replies: 10
Views: 287

Re: Rossini's Extensive Piano Music

They are serious operas of some substance I admit, but my paraphrase of Beethoven's comment is correct. I have to admit I wasn't at all familiar with his piano music-thanks for posting that you tube link. I also really like his Petite messe solennelle and Stabat mater. Regards, Len Oh for the love ...
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rossini's Extensive Piano Music
Replies: 10
Views: 287

Re: Rossini's Extensive Piano Music

lennygoran wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:29 am
jbuck919 wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:23 am
Beethoven got it right when he said that Rossini should never be allowed to compose anything but comic opera.
What, no William Tell, no Semiramide, surely you jest! Regards, Len :roll:
They are serious operas of some substance I admit, but my paraphrase of Beethoven's comment is correct.
by jbuck919
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Rossini's Extensive Piano Music
Replies: 10
Views: 287

Re: Rossini's Extensive Piano Music

Sorry, Lance, but they are horridly mediocre. I can't even conceive why Rossini composed them. Dear old Mrs. Troidle would never have assigned me such a piece. Beethoven got it right when he said that Rossini should never be allowed to compose anything but comic opera.

by jbuck919
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Judy Garland Show
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: Judy Garland Show

Judy Garland never lived up to her youthful reputation, in large part because of the regimen of drugs she was put on with the consent and cooperation of her mother. Jack Jones's father was Alan Jones, in his time a famous singer who is perhaps best remembered for the worst scene in the Marx Brothers...
by jbuck919
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gone With Wind Columbus Statue
Replies: 15
Views: 403

Re: Gone With Wind Columbus Statue

Oddly enough, the last time the possibility of Washington DC becoming a state came around, the favorite name by resident choice for this almost entirely black city was New Columbia, irrespective of it being completely illogical or that there was a planned community only slightly north where I lived ...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tillerson reins in president's 'bully pulpit', tells Fox the POTUS speaks only for himself on American values
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Tillerson reins in president's 'bully pulpit', tells Fox the POTUS speaks only for himself on American values

By your own admission, you only make all these political posts because you detest Trump. If you do not see that Tillerson is equally monstrous, I strongly suggest that you reconsider your basic interest in politics.
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Gone With Wind Columbus Statue
Replies: 15
Views: 403

Re: Gone With Wind Columbus Statue

GWTW is one of the great movies of all time and with good reason. It does not cover over any aspect of slavery as it really existed, and is entirely realistic in its portrayal of the morally necessary and brutally real burning of Atlanta. Similarly, does anyone wish undone the achievement of Columbu...
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Boy Scouts are eyeing girls but Girl Scouts are not welcoming their attentions
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: Boy Scouts are eyeing girls but Girl Scouts are not welcoming their attentions

The Girl Scouts have forever been the more enlightened organization. There is not a shred of reason in any suggestion that they integrate, even though the Boy Scouts have slightly liberalized in recent years.
by jbuck919
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Boxing: Mayweather eclipses Marciano's record, but McGregor was the main attraction
Replies: 8
Views: 258

Re: Boxing: Mayweather eclipses Marciano's record, but McGregor was the main attraction

Growing up I followed sports much more closely than now-boxing was included. Later on I remember watching films of the Louis/Marciano fight when Louis was making a comeback-for many rounds he definitely outboxed Marciano but Marciano just kept coming at him and finally wore him out--this current at...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Boxing: Mayweather eclipses Marciano's record, but McGregor was the main attraction
Replies: 8
Views: 258

Re: Boxing: Mayweather eclipses Marciano's record, but McGregor was the main attraction

Professional boxing, a "sport" that should no longer exist in the first place, has been mobbed up for many decades and is responsible for the most serious injuries to the unfortunates who have been taken advantage of, starting but not stopping with Mohammed Ali. I do not understand why a responsible...
by jbuck919
Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 703

Re: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...

I have never had any ambition to be a concerto soloist, but if I were given the opportunity, I might select the Clarinet Concerto of Paul Hindemith, simply because it doesn't (for the most part) try to be showy. I'd do it just for the enjoyment of the lines and to have fun with music I enjoy. Altho...
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Former Senator Danforth (R-MO) tells GOP: Dump Trump or the party may perish
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: Former Senator Danforth (R-MO) tells GOP: Dump Trump or the party may perish

A particularly notable case of wishful thinking. Anyone who thinks that Trump is not of the essence of modern Republicanism is thoroughly missing the point. Tell that to Ben Sasse, Jeff Flake, or any number of other up-and-coming conservative Republicans who have criticized The Donald for the malig...
by jbuck919
Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Catalogue d’Oiseaux NYC
Replies: 15
Views: 544

Re: Catalogue d’Oiseaux NYC

For the record, I just posted the organ improvisation. There have been and are many greatly superior improvisers in the French tradition, which BTW is one of three that exist. (The other two are German and English, with a lot of mishmash in between by such performers as Gerre Hancock.) As for the re...
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Former Senator Danforth (R-MO) tells GOP: Dump Trump or the party may perish
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: Former Senator Danforth (R-MO) tells GOP: Dump Trump or the party may perish

A particularly notable case of wishful thinking. Anyone who thinks that Trump is not of the essence of modern Republicanism is thoroughly missing the point.
by jbuck919
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bruce Hungerford Beethoven PS Discography
Replies: 12
Views: 524

Re: Bruce Hungerford Beethoven PS Discography

You do know, Holden,that Hungerford was Donald Isler's teacher? I'm sure that Don has everything he ever recorded and that when he checks in he will be able to supply a complete discography. You could PM him in the meantime.