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by diegobueno
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 29
Views: 419

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: 982

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: 139

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: 827

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: 284

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: 395

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: 572

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: 1068

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: 1068

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: 1068

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: 288

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: 288

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: 1510

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: 683

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: 1510

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: 1510

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: 1510

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: 1510

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: 1510

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: 1510

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: 1510

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: 308
Views: 20323

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: 4
Views: 463

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: 947

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: 947

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: 459

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: 965

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: 417

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: 1851

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: 2855

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: 909

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: 1697

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: 1697

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: 873

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: 1988

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.
by diegobueno
Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of the pre-Baroque period
Replies: 14
Views: 1271

Re: Music of the pre-Baroque period

Here we go again. I've had many differences with Mark over the years, but it is simply incorrect that there cannot be an extended discussion on pre-tonal music. I didn't say there couldn't be, just that there wouldn't be. I'd be happy for you to prove me wrong and talk about the music rather than p...
by diegobueno
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music of the pre-Baroque period
Replies: 14
Views: 1271

Re: Music of the pre-Baroque period

Belle,
There's a lot to be said about all those centuries worth of great music, though I don't think you'll find enough interest in it here to have a meaningful discussion.

I'm just going to post a favorite example, and a particularly beautiful one.

by diegobueno
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Just when you thought you knew everything about PDQ Bach
Replies: 1
Views: 411

Re: Just when you thought you knew everything about PDQ Bach

Peter Schickele clearly was made to be the vessel through which PDQ Bach passed, but it would be unfair to call his own compositions bad. Far from "incredibly awful", all the music of his that I've heard or played is pleasant and well written. Never profound, but nothing to hold one's nose at. You c...
by diegobueno
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Drink to me only
Replies: 5
Views: 710

Re: Drink to me only

Clearly she would have rather sung "I love to sing-a about the Moon-a and the June-a and the Spring-a"
by diegobueno
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 2579

Re: "What the composer wants"

Belle, since you mention Malcolm Bilson, During 30 years of studying and living in Ithaca, New York, I had the pleasure of hearing Malcolm Bilson playing Mozart, and talking about playing Mozart quite often. His concerts on the Cornell campus were free of charge, too. He didn’t play very many compos...
by diegobueno
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "What the composer wants"
Replies: 34
Views: 2579

Re: "What the composer wants"

A few random thoughts about the issue of "what the composer wants" which may or may not add up to a coherent statement (and I apologize in advance for always referring to the composer as "he"): What the composer wants is, first of all, for his music to be performed, second of all to be performed wel...
by diegobueno
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tchaikovsky's homosexuality
Replies: 8
Views: 1103

Re: Tchaikovsky's homosexuality

Here is a page that lists some names of his partners. I'm not going to vouch for its accuracy, except that his obsession with "Bob" is for real, and is mentioned in his letters and in biography I have read (and you'll have to wait until tonight for me to check my bookshelf and tell you what that bio...
by diegobueno
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Erik Satie’s “Vexations,”
Replies: 6
Views: 711

Re: Erik Satie’s “Vexations,”

In case you've never heard it, here is an abridged version of Vexations , with only 2 of the 840 repetitions. It alternates between an unchanging bass line and two harmonizations of it, both consisting (almost) entirely of diminished or augmented triads. If you like, you can replay this video 420 ti...
by diegobueno
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Forgotten Monsieur Enescu
Replies: 6
Views: 846

Re: The Forgotten Monsieur Enescu

Enescu's Dixtuor for winds, op. 14, 1906 (2 fl., ob, E.H., 2 cl., 2 hn, 2 bsn) is one of the glories of wind chamber music, and a very complex piece to put together.

by diegobueno
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE POWER OF MYTH
Replies: 13
Views: 1450

Re: THE POWER OF MYTH

One of the problems with German mythology as a musical subject is that Wagner's influence was so all-pervasive that no composer after him could use it except as a commentary or parody on Wagner. One could mention Die lustigen Nibelungen by Oskar Straus (1904), which falls in the parody category. Als...
by diegobueno
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3985

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

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by diegobueno
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3985

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

[dupicate post deleted] According to this site, Stoltzman's net worth is $3,000,000. Chicken feed compared to Itzhak Perlman's $10,000,000 or Yo Yo Ma's $25,000,000, but still I don't imagine he has to worry too much about making ends meet https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/rock-s...
by diegobueno
Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3985

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

We haven't forgotten Richard Stoltzman, for sure; at least two of us have mentioned him in this thread. I wonder how he's been able to make ends meet through solo gigs and record royalties alone. You must be desperate for something to dispute if you're going to pick apart the introductory words to ...
by diegobueno
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3985

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

And not to forget Richard Stoltzman, certainly the most prominent solo clarinetist of our time, one of the few who can make a whole career as a soloist, without the need for an orchestral gig. His own playing style is so unique, he pretty much has to be the soloist. He, like Benny Goodman before him...
by diegobueno
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The more I hear the classical clarinet ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3985

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

One of the masterworks of the Clarinet repertory, the Brahms Sonata op. 120, no. 2, is played here by another of the master clarinetists of the present, Anthony McGill, currently principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. Unbelievable tone, legato, musicality. There's a long interview with ...