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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: 331

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 Gennady Rozhdestvensky dies at 88
Replies: 20
Views: 582

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: 734

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: 734

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: 734

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: 408

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: 1156

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.
by diegobueno
Tue May 22, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 1156

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

So the quoted statement is that of the singer, Yvonne Kenny, not of the psychologist Lichter. The title of this thread, then, is misleading. "A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music", leading the reader to the assumption that a psychiatrist, after some well researched study, had conclude...
by diegobueno
Tue May 22, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 1156

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

Lance, now I'm curious. Could you please put the quote in some kind of context? Could you at least post the paragraph from which it came? You could snap a picture of the page from which it came and post it here so we can read what comes before and after.
by diegobueno
Tue May 22, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A psychiatrist's point of view - contemporary music
Replies: 20
Views: 1156

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

Lance, why on earth are you posting this? Out of this lengthy book, why did you choose to pull this one sentence completely out of context? Of what significance is it that this author who is interviewing performing musicians about their experiences of performing inserts this one sentence about conte...
by diegobueno
Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: hippolyte rameau julliard
Replies: 5
Views: 1390

Re: hippolyte rameau julliard

Rameau's operas flow nicely between recitative and melodic numbers. I remember Hippolyte especially for this trio, with the remarkable chromatic progression on the words "Tremble, frémis d'effroi". (at around the 2:05 mark in this video)



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZdrNY_TA78
by diegobueno
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 8917

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

1) Production is an art form. 2) Then there's the mysterious ability to make a beat that's memorable -- i.e. the hook. 3) Kendrick is an innovator. 4) In To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick's innovations are much more present, and, I believe, more recognizable. Hope that helps, -G Garrett, that helps very...
by diegobueno
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 8917

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

I think one of the roots of the problem is that people just can't grasp the immense amount of skill, talent, and dedication required to produce a successful hip hop track. "Oh, c'mon, that sounds so easy to do!" Well, consider that Kendrick is simply so talented that he...*wait for it*...makes it l...
by diegobueno
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "quip" about composer Max Reger
Replies: 8
Views: 1225

Re: A "quip" about composer Max Reger

Sometimes when forced to lighten up, here because of the instrumentation, his music becomes a bit more digestible.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c17OJxqf0GE
by diegobueno
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "quip" about composer Max Reger
Replies: 8
Views: 1225

Re: A "quip" about composer Max Reger

Reger's music is impossibly dense. If only he could have written a little bit less, his music would sound better. If you could somehow strip half the notes out of any one of his compositions, that might provide some relief to one's weary ears. Reger wrote 3 sonatas for clarinet and piano. They sound...
by diegobueno
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 8917

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

My buddy said it well elsewhere: New Music People: This modernist piece sounds like noise to you because you need to educate yourself in the specific vocabulary of this type of music. Also New Music People: I don't really listen to hip hop, but I listened to Kendrick Lamar and I'm not hearing anyth...
by diegobueno
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 3497

Re: Bach and religion

BWV 18 Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee also expresses similar sentiments. It entreats God "From the cruel murders and blasphemies of the Turks and the Pope, protect us like a father".
by diegobueno
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New album released with a piece of mine -- listen!
Replies: 3
Views: 429

Re: New album released with a piece of mine -- listen!

Good work, Garrett! Very enjoyable.
by diegobueno
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Structure as part of the listening/appreciation paradigm
Replies: 25
Views: 2301

Re: Musical Structure as part of the listening/appreciation paradigm

But what about the newer music which eschews those forms we recognize and understand? How is our appreciation and understanding shaped in the 'absence' of these old forms? Are these replaced with newer forms and, if so, what are they? Or is it just familiarity with the works rather than formal expe...
by diegobueno
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience
Replies: 2
Views: 882

Re: Pierre-Laurent Aimard challenges his audience

The Liszt Jeaux d'Eau and the Scriabin 5th Sonata are two of my favorite piano works, so there's the beginning of a good program right there. How'd he do on the Beethoven? That's a pianist killer.
by diegobueno
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Runnicles and Maher's 10th with National Symphony
Replies: 0
Views: 849

Runnicles and Maher's 10th with National Symphony

My wife and I braved the high winds (and I don't mean flutes. They sounded marvelous) in Washington DC last night (March 2) and went down to the Kennedy Center to hear Donald Runnicles conduct the Symphony no. 10 in F# major by Gustav Mahler . I have a few words to say about what I heard. The conduc...
by diegobueno
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sad personal news
Replies: 8
Views: 1159

Re: Sad personal news

Sorry to hear of your loss, John.


Jean-Baptiste! With a name like that he should have specialized in Baroque music.
by diegobueno
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 2402

Re: Mahler Survey

Thanks, Mark. I enjoyed that very much. However, you may be surprised at what struck me first. It does not seem like "typical Mahler" except in large portions. The beginning sounds a great deal as though he had been more influenced by his friend Schoenberg than he might have wanted to admit. I don'...
by diegobueno
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 2402

Re: Mahler Survey

If you're not familiar with the 10th, John, you've got to get a load of this: Right around the 19:00 mark Mahler unleashes the most ear-splittlingly dissonant chord in symphonic music. Nine different pitches at one time, but it's the way it's orchestrated that really packs the big punch. For maximum...
by diegobueno
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler Survey
Replies: 21
Views: 2402

Re: Mahler Survey

Recently I stumbled across a program of a major orchestra that has programmed "Mahler's Tenth." Unfortunately I cannot now find the link. You tell me, because to my shame I can't tell you. You could stumble across quite a number of programs by major orchestras doing the 10th, since it is being more...
by diegobueno
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My favorite 21st century music
Replies: 2
Views: 453

Re: My favorite 21st century music

Hopefully your browser will take you to the proper Youtube link. I'm sure your mind will supply a totally different set of mental images.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGesimKbRUc
by diegobueno
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My favorite 21st century music
Replies: 2
Views: 453

My favorite 21st century music

I didn't know what to make of Fiji by Michael Torke when I first heard it. It took me several listenings before I began to like it, which engendered many more listenings over the course of which I really began to appreciate and love what's going on in this infectious music. It has become my favorite...
by diegobueno
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 2569

Re: The most-performed composers

They played mainly their own compositions. Kissin doesn't. Yuja Wang doesn't. Big difference. For that matter, neither did Rachmaninoff! He recorded and played lots of repertoire that was not his own music. This statement is relevant only if one can trivialize my point down to a matter of "earlier ...
by diegobueno
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Classical Concert Reviews
Topic: Daniil Trifonov, pianist and composer
Replies: 2
Views: 1186

Re: Daniil Trifonov, pianist and composer

Trifanov's concerto is available to listen to on Youtube. At one listening I have to say I agree with Ricordanza's assessment of the work. This is the work of a pianist who's spent many hours practicing Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev concertos, and that's the sound he has in his head, and that's what hi...
by diegobueno
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 2569

Re: The most-performed composers

I just wish there was a piece, apart from a few by Arvo Part, that I could say "oh yes, I think that is something special". I think that about the keyboard works of Ligeti, but that's already 'old'!! It's a start.* And Ligeti was writing his Etudes for piano (Of his works, these are my favorites) u...
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 2569

Re: The most-performed composers

Belle, you say I made an argument against "murmuring"? I don't know what you're talking about. And clearly you don't know what I'm talking about. Now I think you need to learn to count your decades. I said "three or four decades out of date". It's now 2018. Go back three decades and you have 1988, b...
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 2569

Re: The most-performed composers

Edit
Sorry for making a total mess out of my attempt to extricate myself from my nested quotes.
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 2569

Re: The most-performed composers

You don't really need to read this one again, either.
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 2569

Re: The most-performed composers

Help, I've fallen into post-editing Hell, and I can't get up!
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 2569

Re: The most-performed composers

I don't think my comment is 'several decades out of date'. That would take us back to WW2 and there were very many great composers of that era whom we all love to hear today. Indeed, though there were plenty at the time who said that modern music was all noise and not worth listening to. That is wh...
by diegobueno
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 2569

Re: The most-performed composers

And maestrob's point is well made; if modern music was better than it is more people would want to hear it in the composer's lifetime. Actually, his point was "how are we going to know if it's good if it's never played?". Yes, we have unprecedented mass media, concert venues absolutely Everywhere, ...
by diegobueno
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 429
Views: 56037

Re: What I listened to today

I've been enjoying this lovely composition of Steve Reich from 2015, called Pulse.

by diegobueno
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date
Replies: 6
Views: 1497

Re: Philip Glass Concert: Save the Date

Carl St. Clair has been with them for 28 years! He must have gone there right after his time with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca, New York based orchestra. St. Clair took that job in 1985 upon the retirement of the original conductor, Karel Husa).
by diegobueno
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 1276

Re: Penderecki

Starting around the time of Paradise Lost , Penderecki's thematic material tends to consist of chromatic scale fragments, a few notes in one direction and a few notes in the other. Here's a good example, one of my favorite Penderecki works, because it involves the clarinet. This performance of the C...
by diegobueno
Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 1276

Re: Penderecki

One of the more curious aspects of Penderecki's compositional output was the non-existence of a 6th symphony. He wrote his Symphony no. 5, the Korean Symphony , in 1992. In 1996 An oratorio called The Seven Gates of Jerusalem appeared, which he subsequently decided should be called (for numerologica...
by diegobueno
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Eric Salzman RIP
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: Eric Salzman RIP

I remember Eric Salzman for an electronic collage he created with Joshua Rifkin and had released on Nonesuch Records called The Nude Paper Sermon . It was most memorable for the spoken monologues embedded in it, especially one that begins "A politician speaks..." at about the 18.57 mark. iv4J3Vc2LiA
by diegobueno
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Was This Secular Music:
Replies: 10
Views: 1385

Re: Was This Secular Music:

As Ira Gershwin once wrote:

It's never too late to Mendelssohn
Two hearts are at journey's endelssohn.
Whate'er their future, they must share it.
I trust they Lohengrin and bear it.

(Lyric from Kurt Weill's Lady in the Dark)
by diegobueno
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recent Reich
Replies: 0
Views: 615

Recent Reich

I've been listening to this excellent Quartet for 2 vibraphones and 2 pianos by Steve Reich. The group featured here, Ensemble Signal, performed a whole evening of recent Steve Reich compositions last month (Oct. 18) at the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress, but it was this quartet that...
by diegobueno
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 2214

Re: Hamlet

A number of clips from Brett Dean's Hamlet can be found on Youtube. Here is one of them. It seems to me that most of the musical interest is in the orchestra.

by diegobueno
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 4344

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 h...
by diegobueno
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata
Replies: 6
Views: 1078

Re: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata

I just want to post a link to a performance of this work for anyone who hasn't heard it. I hadn't heard it or heard of it until today. What's really striking about this piece is the way he will suddenly switch keys, bolt out of the blue, with no preparation or transition. He does this repeatedly. RL...
by diegobueno
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 9
Views: 1963

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

John, this venue is on Georgia Ave., just immediately south of the Beltway, relatively close to the Forest Glen Metro station. I know these musicians from 2 of the orchestras I play in. They're hoping to find an occasion to perform the piece again. Takoma Park is a funky neighborhood. I like it; it ...
by diegobueno
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 9
Views: 1963

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

Nevertheless, She Persisted has been performed again, this time in Silver Spring, Maryland, and I am able to present a video recording of it. The double bass (replaying a role given to it by Beethoven's 9th symphony) interrupts, rejects and "mansplains" the efforts of the cellos to express themselv...
by diegobueno
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A famous hymn
Replies: 8
Views: 1139

Re: A famous hymn

Seeing as he was Catholic, I can understand Elgar's reluctance to contribute to the English Hymnal.
by diegobueno
Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alfred Brendel
Replies: 13
Views: 2344

Re: Alfred Brendel

And it's a darn good thing there's no key of F flat major.
Otherwise Max Reger would have felt obliged to use it.