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by diegobueno
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 26
Views: 446

Re: A loss

I had no idea that he abhorred the saxophone - a somewhat 'sexy' instrument which my nephew (a medical doctor) also plays. He, along with the also recently departed jbuck, felt the saxophone was not a suitable instrument for classical music. I couldn't convince him otherwise. I don't know what he t...
by diegobueno
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 26
Views: 446

Re: A loss

Whoa! I'm seeing posts from him here dated, Nov. 29, 2019. The loss of John F is certainly quite a blow to this forum, since it seems like at least 40-50% of all posts were from him. He was very knowledgeable and very opinionated. I disagreed with him often enough that I got the feeling that he rega...
by diegobueno
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: César Franck
Replies: 23
Views: 1139

Re: César Franck

I haven't noticed that Franck's D minor Symphony has dropped out of the repertory. It seems to come up on programs often enough, at least for my taste. I have performed the piece twice, most recently with the Prince George's Philharmonic (in Maryland) in October. If the major league orchestras are g...
by diegobueno
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For something different
Replies: 2
Views: 1076

Re: For something different

The obvious comparison is with Steve Reich's Come Out , which also manipulates a looped vocal sample where the loops are out of synch and create complex rhythmic patterns. In this case, the course of the piece is more complex than increasing complexity (as in the Reich), but the underlying vocal sam...
by diegobueno
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 19366

Re: Standards for New Music

Just musing aloud, really, but doesn't music require some sort of organising principle? It doesn't have to be rhythm, melody or harmony but it's pretty hard without at least one of them for me to enjoy it. You might see that simply as a personal failure by me, and you might be right. Some people ju...
by diegobueno
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The operas of Handel
Replies: 37
Views: 7595

Re: The operas of Handel

The Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York has been steadily producing Handel operas. I've seen three of them, Agrippina, Orlando and Acis and Galatea . I was pleasantly surprised at how well they work in the theater, even with all of the da capo arias and other baroque conventions. Orlando fea...
by diegobueno
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 2693

Re: KUSC-FM, Steve Reich, and the High Holidays

They'll probably ignore you, but it's a fight worth fighting. They should play Tehillim no matter what time of year it is.
by diegobueno
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Harpsichorrdist Zuzana Ruzickova's autobiography
Replies: 7
Views: 2438

Re: Harpsichorrdist Zuzana Ruzickova's autobiography

Sounds like movie material. They could call it The Harpsichordist.
by diegobueno
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 19366

Re: Standards for New Music

Suggested listening: Piano music of Guy Sacre ( 1948 - ),pianist Billy Eidi, my Timpani cd released 1995: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r0XmFxf2OE&list=OLAK5uy_nbcJnpdY24l1vU7-UKTIaWjZbx7PDNtXI Sacre , what a name for a modern composer to have, especially one that writes in a style reminiscent o...
by diegobueno
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 19366

Re: Standards for New Music

Agreed. In music as in language, newness is created by combining the familiar basic elements (pitch, words) in original ways. After composing 100 symphonies, Haydn could and did still create original works in the form, as Shakespeare could after writing 100 sonnets. Right. And at the same time new ...
by diegobueno
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Standards for New Music
Replies: 72
Views: 19366

Re: Standards for New Music

I think it goes without saying that music composed recently will sound different than music composed 100 or 200 years ago, simply because people have different experiences, different means of expression and different sounds in their ears than people in earlier times. Any composer left to express the...
by diegobueno
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Christopher Rouse Dies, Age 70
Replies: 5
Views: 2393

Re: Christopher Rouse Dies, Age 70

His 4th symphony was written in 2013, but before he died he had completed a 6th. His music tends towards dark moods, and the 2nd of this symphony's 2 movements is called "Doloroso". The opening movement is uncharacteristically cheerful.

by diegobueno
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 31363

Re: Your changing musical tastes

I related to your comment about your brain having no more room for certain composers!! Can you post any of the modern works you like, if these are available? This is a list of pieces which I have enjoyed and really rock my boat musically speaking. Some of them I've known for a long time, some of th...
by diegobueno
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 31363

Re: Your changing musical tastes

Rautavaara Clarinet Concerto I heard Stoltzman play this in 2003 in Carnegie Hall. It wasn't the premiere performance, but close to it. It's a beautiful work, and Stoltzman sounded fabulous. The concerto spends a lot of time in the upper altissimo register, many ledger lines above the staff. I had ...
by diegobueno
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Julia Wolfe's "Fire in My Mouth"
Replies: 2
Views: 3669

Re: Julia Wolfe's "Fire in My Mouth"

Sounds interesting.
by diegobueno
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Secret of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and ‘Falstaff’? His Publisher
Replies: 9
Views: 5803

Re: The Secret of Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and ‘Falstaff’? His Publisher

I think food like that was meant to be consumed with Falstaff (if only they still made it)

by diegobueno
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Your changing musical tastes
Replies: 75
Views: 31363

Re: Your changing musical tastes

One of the great pleasures I take in music is discovering new music (that is, new to me) and taking pleasure in it, absorbing its contents and adding it to my memory banks so to speak, and finding out what makes it work. As I get older I find that certain stylistic categories have been filled up, an...
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us
Replies: 64
Views: 23074

Re: Women: Placido Domingo abused his power to sexually harass us

Half a dozen 'toxic males' saved the lives of Sydney-siders yesterday when a nutcase wielding a knife went on the rampage in the CBD killing 1 woman and badly injuring another. They held him down with cafe chairs and a milk crate over his head until police arrived. So enough of the politically-moti...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ben Johnston String Quartets
Replies: 1
Views: 1609

Ben Johnston String Quartets

It’s a shame it took the recent death of Ben Johnston to goad me into listening to his celebrated series of string quartets, but I must say I’m not the only one. In fact discs of the Kepler Quartet’s Ben Johnston cycle have been a little bit hard to get ahold of. I now have two discs of the three di...
by diegobueno
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute
Replies: 12
Views: 6716

Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

Nice! Thank you. (assuming that was in reference to my piece). I wanted to add that that flute community is extremely proactive in encouraging new music for flute. They go out of their way to encourage composers. I'm sure I will be writing more music for flute. There are two American composers who ...
by diegobueno
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute
Replies: 12
Views: 6716

Re: Classical Contemporary Music for Flute

The group Quaternity gave this performance of my Murmuration for flute quartet at the Florida Flute Festival in 2018, and did an especially good job of it. This piece is inspired by the mass movements of starlings in the evening, creating fluid, undulating shapes as they search out spots to roost fo...
by diegobueno
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tippett's 4th Piano Sonata
Replies: 2
Views: 1810

Re: Tippett's 4th Piano Sonata

I'm a Tippett fan of long standing, and am always pleased when someone takes on one of his difficult scores -- and they're all mind-bogglingly difficult. Ang seems to have really gotten this well under his fingers, and yeah, the fast movement is really quite exhilerating. Tippett's last piano sonata...
by diegobueno
Wed May 15, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bored of the ‘Ring’
Replies: 31
Views: 13354

Re: Bored of the ‘Ring’

I kept waiting for the reviewer to tell me what the wrong question is that Lepage is trying to answer, and what's the right question?
by diegobueno
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 3
Views: 3720

Re: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon

Thank you, Lance and maestrob for your comments. There's no particular connection between the city of Silver Spring and my piece Silver Spring other than the fact that I was in that city when I needed a title. The piece exists in two other versions, the original version for clarinet quartet (3 clari...
by diegobueno
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon
Replies: 3
Views: 3720

Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon

A few weeks ago, on March 23, the Prince George's Philharmonic (Prince George's County, Maryland), under the direction of Jesus Manuel Berard, gave the first complete performance of my orchestral work Silver Spring . Silver Spring is a suburb of Washington DC that sits on its northern border in Mont...
by diegobueno
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Michael Gielen, 1927-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 4713

Michael Gielen, 1927-2019

The news has just come out that conductor Michael Gielen just died. The German website I've linked to describes him as a composer, but I remember him mainly as a conductor. Specifically, I remember him as the conductor of a 1973 recording of Schoenberg's Moses und Aron which I found mind-blowing and...
by diegobueno
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera
Replies: 12
Views: 7907

Re: Wonder If To Kill A Mockingbird Would Be A Good Opera

Tonight we saw this Bdway play directed by Bartlett Sher-a very impressive production-wonder if he could talk to Gelb about finding someone to make it into an opera ala Marnie! It could be, given the right librettist and composer. It sounds like something that Jake Heggie ( Dead Man Walking, Moby D...
by diegobueno
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schnittke String Quartet No. 3
Replies: 4
Views: 3750

Re: Schnittke String Quartet No. 3

Excellent discovery! This piece was new to me.

I just listened to it and found it very engrossing.
by diegobueno
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?
Replies: 9
Views: 5893

Re: The Biggest Waste of Money Ever?

Secondly, given that all of the Jewish members of the orchestra had been dismissed (and, by that time, if they had not emigrated, they would most likely have been in concentration camps), and also that the exigencies of war had taken their toll on the orchestra, I would think that the standard of p...
by diegobueno
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you had to choose one or the other ...
Replies: 11
Views: 6831

Re: If you had to choose one or the other ...

I heard Yuja Wang perform an phenomenal Prokofiev 2nd Piano Concerto in 2007, just before she became the superstar she is today -- and also before she started wearing the short dresses. It was quite clear she has the goods and doesn't need to make a show of herself. I would easily choose her over Ba...
by diegobueno
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Seder-Masochism (2018)
Replies: 2
Views: 4503

Re: Seder-Masochism (2018)

I watched the opening and it looks promising, and yes I enjoyed the music.
by diegobueno
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The difficulty of modern music and other topics
Replies: 33
Views: 15463

Re: The difficulty of modern music and other topics

The original piece by Denis Dutton which initiated this thread covered so many fascinating subjects, the very least of which concerned modern music, I was very distressed to see it used to start just another round of modern music bashing. If you think it's all complicated stuff that no one can under...
by diegobueno
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Lincoln Center’s Next Season: New Isolde, New John Adams Concerto
Replies: 1
Views: 2195

Re: Lincoln Center’s Next Season: New Isolde, New John Adams Concerto

New York Times wrote: A week later, a John Adams piano concerto called “Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?” will be given its New York premiere by the pianist Yuja Wang, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
I would think that title would be a more fitting project for John Luther Adams.
by diegobueno
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Toxic Masculinity
Replies: 98
Views: 33334

Re: Toxic Masculinity

Toxic masculinity is very real and very much with us, and it's big problem that needs to be addressed. Whether or not it's the business of a razor blade advertisement to address it is besides the point. You can't fault the ad for saying that men should be better than to allow bullying and sexual har...
by diegobueno
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)
Replies: 24
Views: 17611

Re: John Brosseau - JBuck919 (September 19th, 1954 - January 5th, 2019)

I am very sorry to read this news. John and I seemed to disagree about everything one could disagree about, at least on the musical side of this forum, though I usually liked what he had to say about politics on the Corner Pub. In his memory I will listen to nothing but Bach for the next week, and r...
by diegobueno
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Haydn Box Set Bargain
Replies: 12
Views: 6818

Re: Haydn Box Set Bargain

Just a few years ago I bought the earlier incarnation of the Brilliant Classics Haydn Edition, and now I see they've improved it. Durn.. I love the Fischer performances of the symphonies, as well as the Buchberger Quartet's performances of the string quartets. I was really annoyed that the set I bou...
by diegobueno
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Karl Henning
Replies: 19
Views: 15167

Re: Karl Henning

I am very sorry to hear this news. He's too young for this kind of thing to be happening. I've lost track of him for a number of years, but he did write a nice clarinet quartet for me (3 clarinets and bass clarinet) which I performed on a couple of occasions around 2003. I hope he is able to recover...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Less Ride of the Valkyries and more the march of the tablets
Replies: 10
Views: 3810

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

Orchestras in Britain are embracing a digital revolution by replacing sheet music with tablet computers. In Leeds tonight the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia will go “100 per cent digital” with sheet music ditched from its musicians’ stands in favour of iPads and Bluetooth foot pedals deployed to turn the...
by diegobueno
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 3437

Re: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

About the title Un Buen Piola Porteño , which one reviewer found puzzling. I got this phrase from an Argentine poster on a different classical music board, one which no longer exists. The poster liked to talk about various contemporary music concerts he'd gone to in Buenos Aires, and other things no...
by diegobueno
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 3437

Re: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

Currently, there are two reviews running for this CD at Fanfare. Here is the other one: Grecian Urn Colin Clarke Fanfare There is a heady mix here of popular music taken into a contemporary vernacular, itself inspired by Stravinsky and Bartók and—by the composer’s own admission—the “charm” of Forte’...
by diegobueno
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 3437

Re: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

Congratulations, Mark! A fine CD, I'm sure, and an even finer review. Now, where can we buy a copy? Thank you. If you click on the link at the bottom of my first post, it will take you to the Navona Records site, and you'll see a number of options. To purchase the CD, click on the Amazon link, if y...
by diegobueno
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 3437

Re: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

I'll have to follow it up with settings of Rabelais, Chaucer and Balzac.
by diegobueno
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 3437

Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

The following review to my CD Grecian Urn will be appearing in the Sept./Oct. 2018 issue of Fanfare Magazine. David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare Magazine (Sept/Oct. 2018) Mark G. Simon is one of no fewer than 10 composers included in this month’s batch of reviews that is completely new to me, despite th...
by diegobueno
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows
Replies: 8
Views: 8193

Re: Classical and jazz musicians's brains differ, study shows

One of the most brilliant musicians I have ever known is Edward Murray, orchestra conductor and theory professor at Cornell University for many years. He was a relative (nephew perhaps) of Arthur Murray, and had inherited the dancer's taste in music, and developed a love of the classics and a specia...
by diegobueno
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Russian conductor Rozhdestvensky dead at 87
Replies: 30
Views: 16849

Re: Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestevsky dies at 88

I grew up listening to his recordings of Prokofiev, which were just then being released on the Melodiya/Angel label. The very first recording I heard had the Prokofiev 1st Violin Concerto and on the other side of it was this really blistering performance of Hindemith's Kammermusik no. 4 with Igor Oi...
by diegobueno
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos
Replies: 13
Views: 9010

Re: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos

I'll have to say, though, that I don't find a lot to recommend in the examples I've heard of Ludovico Einaudi.
by diegobueno
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos
Replies: 13
Views: 9010

Re: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos

John F . I'm not quite sure what your message has to do with what I wrote, whether that was supposed to be a rebuttal or what. Certainly classical music will only survive if people keep writing it. And if they choose to write it incorporating stylistic elements of popular music, that will be fine a...
by diegobueno
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos
Replies: 13
Views: 9010

Re: "Classical Music for a Modern Age" videos

Classical composition involves an approach to structure and continuity which popular styles of music generally lack. Classical composition is not defined by style but rather by an approach to structure. Therefore, provided that approach to structure is present, there is no reason not to incorporate ...
by diegobueno
Thu May 24, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Villiers Stanford (composer 1852-1924)
Replies: 2
Views: 1982

Re: Charles Villiers Stanford (composer 1852-1924)

I recently performed Stanford's Serenade in F major, op. 95. This is a nonet for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello and bass. It was written in 1905, and is in the usual four movements. The texture is very full, especially in the first movement, so that part of the challenge of ...
by diegobueno
Tue May 22, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 6842

Re: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music

It is quite clear she was summarizing in her own words what the singer was telling her.