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by diegobueno
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A 639-year-long piece by John Cage
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: A 639-year-long piece by John Cage

It's certainly an expression of optimism to undertake a project like that: optimism that the building and the organ will continue to exist, that it will remain in the hands of the people overseeing the project, that there will continue to be people overseeing the project, or that there will continue...
by diegobueno
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The collapse of democracy?
Replies: 21
Views: 544

Re: The collapse of democracy?

If you say 7%, let's agree on that - but the Dems should not defend that 7% or they are playing into Trump's hands...... Do you not share my sense that BLM began with massive American and international sympathy and support, and could have been a catalyst for real change (and may yet still be), but ...
by diegobueno
Wed Sep 09, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The collapse of democracy?
Replies: 21
Views: 544

Re: The collapse of democracy?

...if the Democrats deny that looting is a problem, or even happening, and Trump is able to turn this into a law and order election, that will be calamitous. That is Sullivan's point, and I agree. You're suggesting a defensive strategy, particularly one that assumes the Republican framing of the Bl...
by diegobueno
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The collapse of democracy?
Replies: 21
Views: 544

Re: The collapse of democracy?

So much BS, so little time. ...Kamala Harris say, as she did yesterday: “The reality is that the life of a black person in America has never been treated as fully human.” This is what Trump has long defended as “truthful hyperbole” — which is a euphemism for a lie. If what she said is a lie, police ...
by diegobueno
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1047
Views: 861008

Re: What I listened to today

nK3q01mta2o Since getting the CD, I've been listening to Being by Michael Torke pretty much non-stop*. Being (2019) is a 42 minute opus for a 25-member chamber orchestra. It is in 9 movements, all of which move at the tempo of quarter = 126. If you are familiar with Torke's style, this is a prime e...
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Black Kids Matter: Four children traumatized after cops hold them at gunpoint
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: Black Kids Matter: Four children traumatized after cops hold them at gunpoint

I would also like to see an end to white on white violence, but at least I know that no one will use that as a reason to dismiss my complaints should I or my family be brutalized by the police. I'm sorry to hear you fear being brutalized. But there are more ways than just physical violence which qu...
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 11257

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:43 pm
Her 8th uses the 1887 original version.
This is the one with the loud ending for the first movement and a totally different trio in the scherzo?
by diegobueno
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Spectator on Don Carlo
Replies: 9
Views: 621

Re: Spectator on Don Carlo

Don Carlo has always been my favorite Verdi opera, fascinating as well as frustrating for its convoluted plot and multiple versions. As an undergrad I got to know it through the recording with Placido Domingo and Sherill Milnes and Shirley Verett and Gilulini conducting. In those days I made it a ha...
by diegobueno
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love 21st-Century Composers
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: 5 Minutes That Will Make You Love 21st-Century Composers

They mention Michel van der Aa, who I know is one of some guy's favorite composers, so that means I'm probably not supposed to like him. But I'm finding this piece quite listenable.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3x7xQwgBdg
by diegobueno
Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Black Kids Matter: Four children traumatized after cops hold them at gunpoint
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: Black Kids Matter: Four children traumatized after cops hold them at gunpoint

I would also like to see an end to white on white violence, but at least I know that no one will use that as a reason to dismiss my complaints should I or my family be brutalized by the police.
by diegobueno
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Black Kids Matter: Four children traumatized after cops hold them at gunpoint
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: Black Kids Matter: Four children traumatized after cops hold them at gunpoint

Events like this, and they happen quite regularly in the US, are what drive the protests. This has been going on for years and years. But now, because people can document this behavior by taking videos on their cell phones, people can see first hand what's going on and it's no longer just One person...
by diegobueno
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments
Replies: 18
Views: 1097

Re: Opera Foundation Removes Trustee for Racially Charged Comments

You have freedom of speech, but not freedom from the consequences of your speech. Ask the Dixie Chicks (now the Chicks). Anyone with a high public profile, or representative of an organization with a high public profile has the added burden of needing to moderate their speech, since anything they sa...
by diegobueno
Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Portland sees peaceful night of protests following withdrawal of federal agents
Replies: 2
Views: 353

Portland sees peaceful night of protests following withdrawal of federal agents

The Guardian, July 31, 2020: The withdrawal of federal agents from frontline policing of demonstrations in downtown Portland significantly reduced tensions in the city overnight. Protesters in support of Black Lives Matter once again rallied near the federal courthouse that became a flashpoint, and ...
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM
Replies: 25
Views: 2091

Re: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:36 am
I watched the video the day it was posted and found it informative but had nothing really to say about it since it was tangential to the announced topic of this thread.
You were wise.
by diegobueno
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM
Replies: 25
Views: 2091

Re: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM

You want it all to burn, sir, presumably because it hasn't served you personally very well. I'm so glad you know exactly what I think and what I want. I should just leave a blank post and let you fill it in. But you see, I came to this thread out of sense of fairness, because others weren't willing...
by diegobueno
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM
Replies: 25
Views: 2091

Re: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM

Belle, there's nothing to argue against. Your depiction of "The Left" is a fiction invented in your own mind (and most likely in the pages of.whatever far far right publications you prefer to fill your head with).

I gather that in your mind ad hominems are OK if you say them but no one else.
by diegobueno
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM
Replies: 25
Views: 2091

Re: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM

Belle, your ranting is so unmoored from reality it's impossible to respond to. You may need to up your meds.
by diegobueno
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM
Replies: 25
Views: 2091

Re: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM

Of course we wouldn't want the victim narrative to be taken away. God forbid!! No. The Trump administration would have nothing to do if it weren't for their own sense of victimhood. Everybody loves Dr. Fauci, nobody likes Trump. Liberals invented the coronavirus in order to make him look bad. Here ...
by diegobueno
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM
Replies: 25
Views: 2091

Re: An excellent, well rounded view of BLM

I skimmed through it. It was a discussion with Bret Weinstein and some black intellectuals about larger issues of race in American society. I listened to an extended segment somewhere in the middle. There was a lot of talk about the need for opportunities in education (can't argue with that) the nee...
by diegobueno
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Wall of Vets Joins the Frontlines of Portland Protests
Replies: 1
Views: 291

A Wall of Vets Joins the Frontlines of Portland Protests

PORTLAND, Ore. — A week after federal officers in Portland, Ore., brutally struck a Navy veteran who said he had approached them simply to ask a question, a group of military veterans on Friday joined the front lines of the city’s growing protests. Duston Obermeyer, a Marine Corps veteran, said he a...
by diegobueno
Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: AOC (D-NY) calls out Ted Yoho (R-Fla) for vulgar insult on the Capitol steps.
Replies: 8
Views: 759

Re: AOC (D-NY) calls out Ted Yoho (R-Fla) for vulgar insult on the Capitol steps.

It was a great speech. If I were in her shoes I don't think I could have made my response nearly as classy. AOC has a great mind, and a strong spirit. She has a great future and will be around for a long time.
by diegobueno
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: As statues of Founding Fathers topple, debate rages over where protesters should draw the line
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: As statues of Founding Fathers topple, debate rages over where protesters should draw the line

Young people today are extremely righteous and demand absolute purity (kind of like my generation in the 60s, except they're not stoned and so therefore have more focus), and they're out to end racism and will not tolerate any veneration of slavery. Yes, they do go too far. I say by all means we sho...
by diegobueno
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting view on Black Lives Matter
Replies: 11
Views: 1709

Re: Interesting view on Black Lives Matter

It seems curious to me that advocating for fair treatment from law enforcement makes one part of an "extreme left". How far right must a person be to see justice, which should be at the center of what the U.S. is about, as something "extreme left"? Speaking of muzzling speech, George Floyd, Breonna ...
by diegobueno
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting view on Black Lives Matter
Replies: 11
Views: 1709

Re: Interesting view on Black Lives Matter

I recognise all those things, and I want black lives to matter as much as white. And I want white to matter as much as black. And Aborigines, Japanese, Chinese as much as any. The original point was, is the criticism of Black Lives Matter as a cover for a wider agenda accurate in any way. Possibly ...
by diegobueno
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting view on Black Lives Matter
Replies: 11
Views: 1709

Re: Interesting view on Black Lives Matter

The thing I find the most appalling about the "All lives matter" response is the level of studious and deliberate miscomprehension of the point being made. It should be as clear as day that in a society where black people are time and time again shot by policemen in situations where a white offender...
by diegobueno
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nikolai Kapustin 1937-2020
Replies: 1
Views: 336

Re: Nikolai Kapustin 1937-2020

This is great stuff. He should have been far more widely known during his lifetime. I've been looking up samples of his work online this morning, and I'm impressed with the ease with which he folds jazz into the Chopin/Scriabin virtuoso pianist/composer thing. It's too bad he didn't write more for o...
by diegobueno
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schubert Octet in F, D803
Replies: 12
Views: 1348

Re: Schubert Octet in F, D803

The prominence of the clarinet in Schubert's Octet (as well as the Beethoven Septet which served as its model) is because it is the highest of the three wind instruments in the ensemble. It is the wind counterpart to the first violin, and a lot of the time the composer is passing the melody between ...
by diegobueno
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Put on your Jamis
Replies: 1
Views: 519

Put on your Jamis

Speaking of Sorabji, if you've got a couple hours to spare, here's a computer-generated performance of the third movement of Sorabji's Symphony no. 2, Jami . I assume the title refers to the suggested attire for listening to the whole 2-hour stretch. Actually, that's not right. This is just the thir...
by diegobueno
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sorabji Etudes redux
Replies: 2
Views: 740

Re: Sorabji Etudes redux

Maybe the first 78 variations are easier? :D
by diegobueno
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 1047
Views: 861008

Re: What I listened to today

Today I enjoyed Michael Daugherty's Trail of Tears Concerto for flute and orchestra (2010), and found it a very well-written and substantial composition. Daugherty's early compositions mined pop culture associations ( Dead Elvis ), and struck me as superficial, but maturity has been kind to him. He ...
by diegobueno
Sat May 23, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump demands governors allow churches to open
Replies: 8
Views: 2303

Re: Trump demands governors allow churches to open

Most of the churches I know of have online services conducted on social media. One church I know of has a regular service in the church with a skeleton crew (pastor, organist, choir of four). My regular church uses Zoom to get everyone involved, as does a discussion group called the "Jesus seminar" ...
by diegobueno
Sat May 23, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A Philip Glass Score Was Lost. 50 Years Later, Here It Is
Replies: 1
Views: 888

Re: A Philip Glass Score Was Lost. 50 Years Later, Here It Is

At least they don't have to speculate about "what would the composer have done with this?" They don't have to bring in a Deryk Cooke, for instance, to flesh it out.
by diegobueno
Tue May 19, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing
Replies: 36
Views: 8675

Re: I'd like to hear from CMGers how you are doing

I am staying at home most of the time, and that's fine because I like my house and my wife is good company. I'm working from home too, since everything I do at the Library of Congress can be done via telework. My musical activities, unfortunately, have been put on hold. The two community orchestras ...
by diegobueno
Mon May 11, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louise Farrenc, French composer/pianist
Replies: 7
Views: 2765

Re: Louise Farrenc, French composer/pianist

maestrob wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 1:23 pm
Interesting piece, Mark, thank you. I do wish your violinist had a sweeter tone, however. 😉
Well, as they say, you fight with the army you've got. Thanks for listening.
by diegobueno
Sat May 09, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louise Farrenc, French composer/pianist
Replies: 7
Views: 2765

Re: Louise Farrenc, French composer/pianist

I recently performed Louise Farrenc's excellent Nonet in E flat, op. 38, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass. The piece was a milestone in her career, because she had been teaching piano at the Paris Conservatoire for years at a salary much lower than her male col...
by diegobueno
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86
Replies: 10
Views: 3017

Re: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86

This is a great loss to classical music. His "missing" Sixth Symphony, subtitled "Chinese Songs," just turned up on CD Accord, and I intend to order it promptly. Apparently, he was so fixated on the numerology of the Seven Gates of Jerusalem , that he designated it his Symphony no. 7, even though t...
by diegobueno
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86
Replies: 10
Views: 3017

Re: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86

Sacred choral music, often on a massive scale, was a Penderecki specialty. He set out, in the 1990s, to compose a setting of the Mass, but gave up the project when his Credo turned out to be an hour in duration by itself. His Symphony no. 7, The Seven Gates of Jerusalem , is an hour-long choral work...
by diegobueno
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86
Replies: 10
Views: 3017

Re: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86

Penderecki initially gained fame in the 1960s as a wild-eyed radical, taking advantage of the suddenly relaxed cultural policies in communist Poland. His music called for all manner of unconventional playing techniques, broad tone clusters, etc. all in a search for new sounds. His Capriccio for viol...
by diegobueno
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86
Replies: 10
Views: 3017

Re: Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish Composer With Cinematic Flair, Dies at 86

I can't say for sure what his best work is. Perhaps the St. Luke Passion. Probably the piece of his that I enjoy the most is his Quartet for clarinet and strings, here with the great clarinetist Anthony McGill.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipRaaFOzutc
by diegobueno
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 8249

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

There is no other source that backs up the story (if there is, I'd like to be corerected). No idea source here : https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/maria-yudina-stalin/ The wording here, especially the account of Yudina's letter and Stalin's reaction very closely echoes the wording of ...
by diegobueno
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 8249

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

And on a tangent, for anyone interested in modern Soviet history you must see the recent movie 'Death of Stalin', which is a black comedy. It's a bit in the style of Bulgakov - that is, the events are horrible, but so bizarre that they take on a comic sheen. Interestingly, the opening incident in t...
by diegobueno
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy
Replies: 23
Views: 8249

Re: Meaty, beaty, big and brassy

That's a very ambitious program. The Rachmaninoff is very difficult from a rhythmic standpoint, especially in the last movement, in which a Russian liturgical chant is employed, in a rhythmic setting which goes against the prevailing 6/8 meter. The one time I played it, the conductor had to move the...
by diegobueno
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: In this moment of national peril, should Joe Biden consider forming a unity ticket with a conservative of another party?
Replies: 3
Views: 1962

Re: In this moment of national peril, should Joe Biden consider forming a unity ticket with a conservative of another pa

Nikki Haley Bob Corker James Comey (Independent) Kenneth Blackwell Mitt Romney John Kasich Lisa Murkowski Jeb Bush Jeff Flake John Bolton Ted Cruz Mike Bloomberg [D, R and I] Is this some kind of joke? These are the very last people who should be holding any kind of political office. Biden has comm...
by diegobueno
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Enescu
Replies: 3
Views: 2054

Re: George Enescu

I'm very partial to Enescu's Dixtuor (1906) for wind instruments. A very complex and difficult work that requires professional musicians to bring off, but a very lovely nonetheless. TLPQMTQwMzIwMjAl0QKHOGKcJQ&index=4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwlWpESNpV0&list=TLPQMTQwMzIwMjAl0QKHOGKcJQ&index=4
by diegobueno
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 11257

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

The 7th was my "gateway drug" into Bruckner. It does have something special that the others don't have. Maybe it's that wonderful cello melody at the beginning. Maybe it's the fact that it's the only Bruckner symphony in a key not used by Beethoven in a symphony. Here it is conducted by Eugen Jochum...
by diegobueno
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 11257

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

So the next time I have 77 minutes (or ideally, somewhat less as suggested) I'll pull up the Bruno Walter rendition and have a listen. Here's Otto Klemperer, my choice for the 4th. I don't know if it will change your opinion, but you can save yourself 17 minutes, for his runs exactly one hour. 56VB...
by diegobueno
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can't warm to Bruckner
Replies: 57
Views: 11257

Re: Can't warm to Bruckner

Any performance of Bruckner 4th that lasts 77 minutes is waaaaayyyyyy toooooo slloooooowww!
by diegobueno
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sony Fromm Foundation 20th Century Series
Replies: 2
Views: 1861

Re: Sony Fromm Foundation 20th Century Series

I haven't seen a proper contents list, but here's what's in the set Leon Kirchner -- Trio for viola, cello and piano ; Sonata concertante for violin and piano Jerome Rosen -- String Quartet no. 1 Ilhan Usmanbas -- String Quartet Benjamin Lees -- String Quartet no. 1 William Denny -- String Quartet n...
by diegobueno
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Schoenberg Violin Concerto live
Replies: 12
Views: 5073

Re: Schoenberg Violin Concerto live

One thing about the article that has set me to thinking is that, in trying to represent Schoenberg's attitudes about music, the author draws heavily on the writings of Theodore Adorno. I'm wondering to what extent Schoenberg's attitudes are actually aligned with Adorno's. That will require some read...
by diegobueno
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: NYTimes Next Season Met Operas
Replies: 15
Views: 5933

Re: NYTimes Next Season Met Operas

Good Lord, Flaming angels! You may want to bring a fire extinguisher to that one. Fiery Angel has a much better connotation. Yes, I suppose the word "flaming" as an intensifier for certain body parts used pejoratively to describe a person one doesn't like wasn't as widely used back when the earlier...