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by SamLowry
Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Beatles Song.....?!?
Replies: 38
Views: 3442

I am willing to submit to whatever punishment the group deems reasonable, but I thought I should speak up before I'm banned for heresy and can't. I just spoke exactly the truth. I did say "unfortunately." I didn't insist that anybody agree with my viewpoint as I think happened above directed toward ...
by SamLowry
Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Beatles Song.....?!?
Replies: 38
Views: 3442

I've noticed that Haydn, Bach and Mozart occasionally sound "trite" to me. In the latter it may be occasionally in his string quintets for example. I'm pretty sure the reason is because popular song(s) and/or jingle(s) borrowed/stole something from the above - directly or indirectly - and after hear...
by SamLowry
Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: From Iggy to Gigli: my journey to the Proms
Replies: 4
Views: 851

From Iggy to Gigli: my journey to the Proms

He grew up on Led Zeppelin and David Bowie, and for three decades rock and pop music played a crucial role in the life and career of Observer writer Sean O'Hagan. But, as the years and personal events took their toll, his passion for the soundtrack of his youth faded. Thus began a journey to discove...
by SamLowry
Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: They had to write down every note
Replies: 9
Views: 1293

In 1781 Mozart wrote to his father: "I am now going off to hire a clavier, for until there is one in my room, I cannot live in it, because I have so much to compose and not a minute to be lost."

So it seems unlikely that he composed music completely in his head.
by SamLowry
Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Performance Anxiety
Replies: 27
Views: 4231

I agree with those above who have found that more frequent and deep breaths can help. I play piano, and wondered if anybody uses a method such as inhaling at the beginning of every measure, to where it becomes a habit. Though with some music the measures may go by quite rapidly and one might hyperve...
by SamLowry
Thu Mar 29, 2007 10:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein: How good a conductor?
Replies: 55
Views: 10520

His childrens' concerts on DVD show how much he grunts while conducting -- there's a microphone under his chin. I wonder how audible that is on recordings. He defined the Classical era as including JS Bach, at least when explaining to the kids. I read last night in a piano publication the opinion th...
by SamLowry
Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:43 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: GI writes sonata tribute on Afghan base
Replies: 0
Views: 821

GI writes sonata tribute on Afghan base

3/11/07 FORWARD OPERATING BASE ORGUN-E, Afghanistan - When the thunder of the power generators eases to a rumble, Spc. Brandon Begley heads for an echoing hangar on this U.S. outpost near the Pakistan border and sets up his electric organ. Like many GIs, he uses music to cope with stress and boredom...
by SamLowry
Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yeah, Who Needs All the Movements of a Symphony?
Replies: 9
Views: 2044

Is it not truly annoying when orchestras refuse to perform Haydn's London symphonies in their entirety? I mean, the guy named them as a group, didn't he? I've noticed when I hear the 97th out of sequence the effect is shockingly different, I don't recommend it even for seekers of the avant garde. I ...
by SamLowry
Tue Mar 06, 2007 3:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dittersdorf -- no joke?
Replies: 17
Views: 3377

I'll admit that about a year ago I thought the idea of a composer named Dittersdorf couldn't be taken seriously. It sounded like a made-up name, and/or a DVD by Tim Conway, perhaps "Dorf on Classical Music." Then I listened to a series of audio discs by Robert Greenberg on the subject of the symphon...
by SamLowry
Sun Feb 25, 2007 7:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Brahms And Schoenberg Connection
Replies: 0
Views: 1591

The Brahms And Schoenberg Connection

I found this interview in an old issue of a magazine, I think called "Piano." Probably around 11 years old. Missing from below are a few bars of music printed as examples. The Brahms And Schoenberg Connection By Emanuel Ax Q. Is there some reason, beyond coincidence, that you’ve been playing a lot o...
by SamLowry
Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:03 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: "Bach at Leipzig"
Replies: 0
Views: 4860

"Bach at Leipzig"

It's difficult to describe "Bach at Leipzig." But it's easy to enjoy it BY DOMINIC P. PAPATOLA Theater Critic Playwright Itamar Moses' unlikely but undeniably amusing script is set in summer 1722, when Johann Sebastian Bach became the organ master at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. But Bach himself is n...
by SamLowry
Thu Feb 08, 2007 3:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Do you collect classical music DVDs as well?
Replies: 27
Views: 7238

Lance wrote:...While one can more replicate the live visual through DVDs or videos, I don't think it works as well as going to a live concert.
When I go to a concert, I sometimes close my eyes so I'm not distracted by the performers. Though I'm starting to do less of that while driving.
by SamLowry
Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Repeats. Why or why not?
Replies: 13
Views: 3581

Repeats. Why or why not?

I’m curious about why composers use “repeats.” There are repeats where the composer uses the repeat symbol, or where the repeat is written-out note for note (the latter I assume is typically a method to stop conductors from exercising free will). I'll do my best to answer the question. I suppose the...
by SamLowry
Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:23 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Is "Eleanor Rigby" in the Dorian Mode?
Replies: 7
Views: 2332

A few years ago I heard a daughter of Leonard Bernstein interviewed, she said that he made a practice during his Young People's Concerts of including analysis of modern popular songs, and she used the word "mode" but I can't remember the name of the song. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_People%27...
by SamLowry
Tue Dec 26, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Fascinating Schism - George Gershwin
Replies: 10
Views: 2228

The link still works for me. ___________ Fascinating schism How the uniquely gifted George Gershwin fashioned masterpieces in both popular and classical music By Ken Emerson | December 17, 2006 George Gershwin: His Life and Works By Howard Pollack University of California, 884 pp., illustrated, $39....
by SamLowry
Thu Nov 30, 2006 5:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: You Tube
Replies: 12
Views: 2708

Might any footage exist of Florence Foster Jenkins?

In a perhaps related question, does anybody know who the woman is that sings in the movie Harvey? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042546/ It's a song about rabbits is all I can remember.
by SamLowry
Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Dittersdorf, Not Beethoven is the Ideal Biopic Subject
Replies: 26
Views: 4726

I suggest that the writer of the article should have placed the word "mediocrity" describing Salieri in quotes to help in "busting" myths from the movie Amadeus.

I hope they make a movie soon about Dittersdorf. I'm worried that Tim Conway isn't getting enough work.
by SamLowry
Sun Nov 12, 2006 9:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: question concerning J. S. Bach
Replies: 11
Views: 2345

If there's a public library near you, just start grabbing handfuls of classical CDs. I agree with those who say listening to that entire orchestral suite is probably not the first thing to try. As suggested above, seeking out Adagios might be a good idea for you. Keep in mind that listening to somet...
by SamLowry
Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:11 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Question - DVD to CD recording??
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: Question - DVD to CD recording??

I'm not seeing in your post, on what equipment is the disk working? I've used Audio Recorder Pro which can be downloaded, to make audio files which can be transferred to CD. It just records what you're listening to on the PC, you can set the bitrate, etc. I've used it to convert WMA to MP3, though t...
by SamLowry
Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: what do u guys think is the most emotionally moving piece?
Replies: 41
Views: 5197

At first I thought I must think of a piece which brought forth incredible feelings of longing or sadness for me. I certainly liked the choice above of the Intermezzo in A Major. But I choose (for the last few months at least) the first movement of Schubert's 9th. I'll tack on the last movement of Ha...
by SamLowry
Fri Oct 06, 2006 9:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Best String Quartets
Replies: 31
Views: 4097

Mozart string quintets. Here's the album I own: http://www.amazon.com/Mozart-Complete-Quintets-Vol-2/dp/B0000041MR/sr=1-6/qid=1160142521/ref=sr_1_6/102-9691088-4225702?ie=UTF8&s=music I recently also bought Vol. 1, but so far I'm not as fond of it. Charles Rosen: "The essence of Mozart's 'classicism...
by SamLowry
Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:11 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Any experiences with classical music on mp3 players?
Replies: 14
Views: 2189

I have a Samsung player that holds 1GB. I use MediaPlayer to transfer the files ripped from CDs. If you choose multi-movement works, then it tends to put everything in one folder and mixes them up which is ridiculous. I finally found a fairly simple way around that. I rarely listen to symphonic work...
by SamLowry
Tue Oct 03, 2006 9:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Vivaldi/Bach 12 ORGAN concertos
Replies: 13
Views: 3791

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_compositions_by_Johann_Sebastian_Bach After quickly checking the above page, I see the name Ernst appear twice (592/595) for the track listing, otherwise they appear to be from Vivaldi. Appears that Bach arranged some for keyboard without pedal, and others for or...
by SamLowry
Mon Oct 02, 2006 1:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Vivaldi/Bach 12 ORGAN concertos
Replies: 13
Views: 3791

Where can it be purchased?

I found this link: http://music.brilliantclassics.com/epag ... Info/92809

Thanks.
by SamLowry
Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Three Years to Go for a Big Haydn Anniversary
Replies: 10
Views: 1674

The last years of Haydn's life, with all his success, comfort, and celebrity, are among the saddest in music. More moving than the false pathos of a pauper's grave for Mozart (who was only buried there because Baron Van Swieten advised the economy to Constanza) is the figure of Haydn filled with mus...
by SamLowry
Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Can you listen to classical music in the car?
Replies: 31
Views: 4270

My question: Has anyone ever heard classical music coming from a car next to them? I don't remember ever hearing it. I know when my windows are open and I'm stopped at a light, I may turn the volume down because I'm so :wink: polite .... so maybe people hear my music less than they would otherwise? ...
by SamLowry
Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Harpsichord=Piano? Wrong Again, WUSF-FM!
Replies: 46
Views: 5681

I once listened to Bach almost exclusively by Landowska. I did try listening to other harpsichordists. Now I listen almost exclusively to Gould, while her CDs collect dust. I once had a music professor who claimed that Bach needed to always be played staccato on the piano to match the plucking sound...
by SamLowry
Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Help me! Sonata Form!
Replies: 9
Views: 2493

Charles Rosen (excerpted from The Classical Style): Sonata form could not be defined until it was dead. Czerny claimed with pride around 1840 that he was the first to describe it, but by then it was already part of history. ... In any case, the 'sonata' is not a definite form like a minuet, a da cap...
by SamLowry
Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical music for newbies??
Replies: 11
Views: 2072

I'd say make sure they hear different combinations of, and also solo instruments. As mentioned above, doing excerpting would be a good idea, you could fit a lot more on a CD that way. Though I think few real classical fans would be caught dead holding any album of excerpts. Give them the last few mi...
by SamLowry
Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Moods and music
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Moods and music

Do you notice there are certain times when music has a strong effect (a good thing!) on you, while at other times you are relatively "deaf" to it? I'm very much that way. I believe in most cases, just changing to a different CD makes no difference for me. A key "symptom" seems to be whether or not I...
by SamLowry
Mon Jun 26, 2006 9:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 362103

Vol. 2 of Mozart: The Complete Quintets on Philips. Contains K. 546, 581, 617, the last of which includes glass harmonica. What I've particularly enjoyed are those for strings only: 516, 593, 614. Wow. It happens this is yet another example of me spending money after reading what Charles Rosen had t...
by SamLowry
Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: John Williams' Music
Replies: 17
Views: 2636

Shane is certainly a favorite of mine. I remember liking how in the beginning, we hear the orchestra, and then I think it gradually fades out at the same time as we begin to hear his wife singing. This morning, as I do many workdays, before I actually get out of bed, I was listening to a local sport...
by SamLowry
Tue Jun 13, 2006 3:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Movies about Classical Composers
Replies: 34
Views: 9796

I think the movie nailed it. He complained in another letter to his father about one of his "rivals" Clementi, that his composing was so labored and tediously time consuming. He characterized his own speed of composing as "as the sow pisses." Hard to think of that as not bragging about how quickly ...
by SamLowry
Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:44 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Movies about Classical Composers
Replies: 34
Views: 9796

Robert Greenburg calls Salieri "one of the most viciously libeled men in history." Is this almost entirely because of the movie/play? Another likely incorrect impression given by "Amadeus" is the ease with which Mozart composed. We see Salieri sitting at the keyboard, struggling to receive "divine i...
by SamLowry
Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:40 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Shoot me down girls (guys..)
Replies: 33
Views: 7973

Re: Shoot me down girls (guys..)

Michael wrote:
CMG Gourmet and Wine Connoiseur
You sure that's spelled right?
by SamLowry
Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:31 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Beethoven's "Diabelli Variations," Op. 120
Replies: 14
Views: 4354

Maybe this is a good place to ask this question. I haven't done a lot of listening to music composed late in Beethoven's career. A few months ago I bought a recording of the Diabelli by Pollini which I've listened to two or three times. I own a recording of a few late sonatas including the Hammerkla...
by SamLowry
Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:50 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Anniversary of Haydn's Death
Replies: 6
Views: 3260

The last couple weeks I've had the complete recordings of his piano trios by Beaux Arts Trio, done in the 1970s. I got these from the library using inter-library loan, though I had to wait a number of weeks for it to arrive. From the liner notes: In 1802 a critic in the "Allgemeine Musikalische Zeit...
by SamLowry
Tue May 30, 2006 8:17 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What's your favorite Beethoven symphony?
Replies: 55
Views: 12612

Do those who select Beethoven's No. 9: is it the entire symphony you listen to, or generally the final (choral) movement? I ask because people who enjoy Saint-Saëns Third (Organ) Symphony usually only play the incredible final movement where the organ comes to life. Re: the Saint-Saens - who could ...
by SamLowry
Thu May 18, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: For Ralph
Replies: 14
Views: 5013

I was walking around at lunch today with my MP3 player listening to Opus 20, #4, then I find this thread. I believe I can thank someone on CMG for recommending that purchase to me, by the Tatrai. Liner notes say "practically each of its movements is an extraordinary masterpiece." I'm relatively new ...
by SamLowry
Wed May 10, 2006 9:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Hallelujah! Classical Ring Tones!
Replies: 14
Views: 3414

I've never owned a cell phone. I assume that ring tones are never more than a few seconds long? I was wondering about (considering the "heavenly length"* of much classical music especially) a phone that would just continue the same "excerpt" (okay, All Movements With Repeats will be an option :) ) i...
by SamLowry
Tue May 09, 2006 10:20 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Apollo or Dionysus?
Replies: 0
Views: 1032

Apollo or Dionysus?

Last night I watched on PBS, part of "Music From The Inside Out" about the Philadelphia Orchestra, which I enjoyed. Following that was part 1 of 6 of "Apollo or Dionysus?" which was 30 minutes long, but I turned it off maybe halfway through. Did anybody else watch this? I think it's a new production...
by SamLowry
Fri May 05, 2006 8:24 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Humor in music
Replies: 22
Views: 4512

The start of the last movement of Beethoven's 1st Symphony. The beginning pianist, perhaps, trying to reach the end of the scale. Rosen calls the trio of the Oxford Symphony minuet "the greatest of all practical jokes in music." Regarding where the first beat is. I've listened a few times and all I'...
by SamLowry
Thu May 04, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Humor in music
Replies: 22
Views: 4512

Sam, The first movement of 93 starts out rather meekly; he seems to be trying out various ideas, and saying, "No, that didn't work," [insert weak, embarrassed smile here] "OK, how about this? No, uhmmm, geez, failed again." And on an on for about 2-3 minutes until he finally gets some confidence an...
by SamLowry
Tue May 02, 2006 10:08 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Humor in music
Replies: 22
Views: 4512

Humor in music

:D I was trying to convince a friend to listen to a late Haydn symphony, and thought telling him about the "humor" would be a good motivator. (Just like I :roll: once did, he thinks: "why should I listen to Haydn when the music doesn't sound that different from Mozart?") Before hearing it, he asked ...
by SamLowry
Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:26 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Man talks on CD?
Replies: 12
Views: 2366

Thanks for the recommendations. I did visit a Half Price store yesterday, but they didn't have much of anything in box sets. After talking to a "sales associate" I got the impression it's rather hit-and-miss, partly because the items can disappear very quickly. So motivated people might visit the st...
by SamLowry
Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Rejoice! Katsaris' Rec. of LvB/Liszt Symphonies is Back!
Replies: 17
Views: 3325

I love these CDs. It's how I first heard some LvB symphonies. I especially like 1, 2, 4, 6, 8.
by SamLowry
Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Man talks on CD?
Replies: 12
Views: 2366

Man talks on CD?

I have a recording of the Haydn Paris symphonies by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, on Philips. In the minuet of the Bear (#82) I think I hear a man saying a couple words in the opening seconds. You can download it with this link: link . It's about 560k. The second word so...
by SamLowry
Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Felix Mendelssohn - Why doesn't he move me? - How about you?
Replies: 66
Views: 12855

Experience Italian!

I couldn't resist pasting in this quote. (Hey, I almost don't own a single Mendelssohn recording, shame on me!) - - - - - - - Regarding the Italian Symphony: "My friends, if you can find someone who doesn't like this symphony, you have found someone for whom joy, beauty, song, and dance are meaningl...