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by jbuck919
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting into Harvard
Replies: 26
Views: 491

Re: Getting into Harvard

Just for the record, I've also never been to Geneseo (pronounced Jenn-ess-EE-oh), but one does not grow up in New York and not at least know about all the state university campuses.
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The function and value of music criticism
Replies: 16
Views: 305

Re: The function and value of music criticism

Thanks for the compliment, but at best I'm not on a level with such journalistic critics as Bernard Shaw in his time and Andrew Porter in ours. The New Yorker's Alex Ross could be an outstanding journalistic critic but the magazine no longer gives classical music the space every week that it always...
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting into Harvard
Replies: 26
Views: 491

Re: Getting into Harvard

one can get a superb education elsewhere. I was an Ivy League snob when I started at W. W. Norton, but in my travels I came across one college after another that I had to admit were pretty good - Indiana University, for example. Add in most of the old land-grant universities from the Northwest Terr...
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The function and value of music criticism
Replies: 16
Views: 305

Re: The function and value of music criticism

Not to lay flattery too thickly, but I think I would trust John F's learned opinion about most things before I would pay attention to a journalistic critic.
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting into Harvard
Replies: 26
Views: 491

Re: Getting into Harvard

Back in Maryland, I tried to tell my very best students to set their ambitions high. You just can't convince some parents that sending their children to an elite school (not necessarily the ones we've been talking about) will not bankrupt the family, because those schools still have sufficient endow...
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting into Harvard
Replies: 26
Views: 491

Re: Getting into Harvard

I asked why you think Yale is superior to Harvard, which I believe is what you said, not Princeton. Is that silly? As for food, in the '60s it varied from house to house; many were served by a central kitchen, which was mediocre, but Adams House and Dunster House had their own kitchens and the food...
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Riding in the peloton is no drag
Replies: 1
Views: 90

Re: Riding in the peloton is no drag

My brother-in-law is as expert a cyclist as there is and still at my age (63) rides 20 miles each day to work (he is a high school tech teacher), part of it down a dirt road, every day except in the most severe weather in Vermont. That is only the beginning of the accomplishments I might lay out. He...
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Baton Inflation: American Conductor Salaries Hit a New High
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: Baton Inflation: American Conductor Salaries Hit a New High

As Ralph Stein used to say every time there was a vacancy on the Supreme Court, I'm available. :D
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting into Harvard
Replies: 26
Views: 491

Re: Getting into Harvard

I never applied to Yale, which I later came to see as the superior school Them's fighting words. :) Why do you think so? There are so many variables, and they're always changing. I should think it depends on what you want to study, if indeed you're clear about that (I wasn't). Don't be silly. Yale ...
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Getting into Harvard
Replies: 26
Views: 491

Re: Getting into Harvard

John, things were different in our days. I probably would not have gotten into Princeton under current circumstances. (For the record, I was wait-listed at Harvard and I never applied to Yale, which I later came to see as the superior school, for the bad reason that when I visited it in high school ...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music
Replies: 17
Views: 799

Re: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music

they have been a remarkably faithful bunch, starting with George Washington. With his wife, George may have been practiced monumental discipline and restraint. With his favorite slaves, well, maybe not so much. Ona Judge https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/articl...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Women rabbis are springing up as leaders in Orthodox synagogues
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: Women rabbis are springing up as leaders in Orthodox synagogues

This would never be accepted in most of the Orthodox world, including especially Israel where the Orthodox have political power beyond their numbers. I can see why they use a different term, and suspect that the reason this is happening is the same as the reason that there are not enough Catholic pr...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brushing up your Shakespeare
Replies: 5
Views: 212

Re: Brushing up your Shakespeare

I actually heard this live once because Seamus Kennedy was the father of one of my students and agreed to do a school assembly gratis.

by jbuck919
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music
Replies: 17
Views: 799

Re: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music

those who do think of such things, but have the character and discipline to resist temptation. Some are better suited to resist temptation than others. "I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times." —Jimmy Carter 1976 Yeah it was an interview for Playboy,...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes, I'm back ...
Replies: 5
Views: 266

Re: Yes, I'm back ...

Well, it's good to be back. Have some incredible CDs awaiting my hearing, always nice in itself. And don't cut yourself short ... you may be making these trips to Rochester many more times yet! It happens in a different city every year. The point was that all I have to do to get to Rochester is (a)...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brushing up your Shakespeare
Replies: 5
Views: 212

Re: Brushing up your Shakespeare

It is "What a piece of work is a man," and I once had a colleague who had a serious background in English literature who tried to correct me when I said that, so ingrained is the, ahem, abbreviated version from Hair . I'm afraid I'm a little more reverent about Shakespeare than those who would toler...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Yes, I'm back ...
Replies: 5
Views: 266

Re: Yes, I'm back ...

About 3,000+ miles of travel by car to Florida, Georgia, a fabulous chamber music festival [Highlands Cashiers] in Cashiers, North Carolina, back to Georgia. Next stop the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. Am I getting too old for all this extensive travel? Sometimes I think so though I know age ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: American Masters Ted Williams PBS
Replies: 10
Views: 295

Re: American Masters Ted Williams PBS

My father originally attended the Boston Conservatory (which still exists, and is not to be confused with the other conservatories in Boston) but told me once that he skipped many of his classes so he could watch Ted Williams play at Fenway Park. (He lived on the Fenway.)
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music
Replies: 17
Views: 799

Re: Cleveland Orch. suspends concertmaster William Preucil 1 day after WAPO reports on sex abuse in classical music

Sexual assault has been common in the classical music world since the beginning of time, as in all fields where there is inequality of power. From personal experience,I can say that it happens to both sexes. And yes, I was propositioned by my male voice teacher when I was in high school. My reactio...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bayreuth Lohengrin Review
Replies: 11
Views: 413

Re: Bayreuth Lohengrin Review

Thanks for that, JohnB. Beczala was a lyric tenor who started off singing Donizetti (Lucia) and similar roles in both Italian and French opera: I had no idea he had progressed to Wagner, as did Domingo in the 1980's, quite successfully, as it turns out. Lohengrin is the lightest lead role for tenor...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bayreuth Lohengrin Review
Replies: 11
Views: 413

Re: Bayreuth Lohengrin Review

Very little about the singing, let alone Thielemann's conducting! Harteros makes her debut, and Meier makes her first appearance at Bayreuth in 18 years, and all this critic can do is spend a few lines on them? For shame! The entire review is about the production being non-offensive, yet it must be...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Large Body of Subglacial Water on Mars Is Detected, Raising the Potential for Alien Life
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Re: A Large Body of Subglacial Water on Mars Is Detected, Raising the Potential for Alien Life

I am not sure why you made this a separate thread, but in my NASA history I became thoroughly familiar with ESA (the European Space Agency), with whom we had a liaison. I can remember filling in for their representative when she did not understand an English term. (Owl is hibou, hand grenade is gren...
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louis Vierne's Piano Quintet, Op.42
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: Louis Vierne's Piano Quintet, Op.42

Next week I will be attending the Organ Historical Society convention in, of all places, Rochester NY. I'll probably hear some Vierne. You may be interested in this 2018 Proms programme: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bbt6bz From BBCR3: Another chance to hear Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna maki...
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Future Mars explorers may find a 12-mile-wide subglacial lake of liquid water at the south pole
Replies: 2
Views: 277

Re: Future Mars explorers may find a 12-mile-wide subglacial lake of liquid water at the south pole

Just as a matter of interest, the oddly named Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena CA, while it is one of the most important NASA sites, is the only exception to the rule, in that it is a private contractor whose contract has to be regularly renewed. In the first place, twelve miles is as nothing, ...
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marta Deyanova??????
Replies: 12
Views: 434

Re: Marta Deyanova??????

It is hard for me to make a big deal out of Schubert's impromptus. They are not virtuoso pieces, and there was a time when I could play them myself. Frankly, I would not pursue an otherwise unknown pianist based on her reputation with those works.
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louis Vierne's Piano Quintet, Op.42
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: Louis Vierne's Piano Quintet, Op.42

I cannot get past "connectez-vous," a hideous piece of franglais, This YT will hopefully work better, the recording mentioned in my OP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoxW3V1bFSw&list=PLtEj-Mf4rApxkSVLErCxzElq7Fo8wL8m8 I must be doing something wrong, because I still can't get to the quintet. Howe...
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National Youth Orchestra of United States at Carnegie
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: National Youth Orchestra of United States at Carnegie

I'm sure it was fun for you, and for the kids, but frankly, it seems rather a compromised program based on the assumption that these kids can't appreciate or play the greatest music. I'm surprised that MTT bought into it. With all due respect , I disagree. The program makes sense . A first half dev...
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Louis Vierne's Piano Quintet, Op.42
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: Louis Vierne's Piano Quintet, Op.42

I cannot get past "connectez-vous," a hideous piece of franglais, but Vierne was possibly the first in a line of organists and organ composers who were stone blind. Here is his most famous work:

by jbuck919
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Loose screws and other snafus ground the Webb Telescope, a $9.7 billion robotic science project
Replies: 1
Views: 212

Re: Loose screws and other snafus ground the Webb Telescope, a $9.7 billion robotic science project

Although I am a huge fan of true scientific space exploration (as opposed to manned flight boondoggles), and once worked for a NASA contractor where I had access to everything including items at a level of a security clearance, these kinds of mess-ups are far from unknown. Perhaps the most notorious...
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: National Youth Orchestra of United States at Carnegie
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: National Youth Orchestra of United States at Carnegie

National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America ( ages 16-18 ), from 26 States and Puerto Rico, Micheal Tilson Thomas conductor , live at Carnegie Hall a few days ago : https://www.wqxr.org/shows/carnegie “ Brass Tacks “, by Ted Hearne ( World premiere ) Gershwin, Piano Concerto in F, Jean...
by jbuck919
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Re: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

diegobueno wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:54 am
I'll have to follow it up with settings of Rabelais, Chaucer and Balzac.
:lol:
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon
Replies: 8
Views: 359

Re: Grecian Urn CD -- Mark G. Simon

Congratulations, Mark, though I am reminded of a "dance" episode in The Music Man. ;)

Beauty is truth, truth beauty.
That's all ye on Earth know, and all ye need to know.
by jbuck919
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Two very bright Americans chew the fat
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Two very bright Americans chew the fat

Well, at least there are two of us left. ;)
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2338

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Someone named Habakuk ... Traber is now an expert on the Latin Mass? I don't care if he [Habakuk Traber] wrote the liner notes for the sung version of all 150 psalms. Traber's point is in no way undermined by remarks of a low nature. But yes, not only are there some traditionally ''unsung' Latin te...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2338

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Someone named Habakuk ... Traber is now an expert on the Latin Mass? B So Mr. Traber's Hebrew name disqualifies him? In fact, Traber wrote the liner notes for the Nagano recording. I'll trust his expertise. Moreover, Bernstein's Mass includes all the Latin Mass text that is usually sung. It is not ...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2338

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

Mass was hardly a radical departure from Catholic tradition. As Habakuk Traber noted, it presents the entire [Latin] Mass text in the prescribed order and interpolates into that framework other accepted elements of the liturgy, including interpretive readings from the Psalms, Epistles, Gospels and ...
by jbuck919
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Classical records for children
Replies: 48
Views: 1759

Re: Classical records for children

Porter was one of a kind. What a life! https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2004/07/12/king-cole — You could follow a progression from Jerome Kern to Dick Rodgers to Gershwin. But Cole seemed to spring like Jupiter from Minerva’s head—all made. What he did was so special and . . . unexplainable that ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?
Replies: 63
Views: 2338

Re: Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?

From the Naxos recording liner notes: Bernstein's Mass & the Mahler 8th: His zany Mass, mixing sacred and secular texts in wacky and original ways, would be a kind of “Symphony of a Thousand” of the Vietnam Era—to invoke the great piece of his hero, Gustav Mahler . It was also his War Requiem, his ...
by jbuck919
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mostly Mozart Creation Eurotrash
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: Mostly Mozart Creation Eurotrash

Brian Sue and I both believed we were distracted-not the same for tonight's Broadway Carousel! Len :lol: Oh, you were carousing on Broadway? (hahaha) I love that musical as much as anybody else, but one of my memories dates back to what would now be called middle school, where we had a talented but...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mozart K.595 PC -2018 Proms-Piemontesi
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: Mozart K.595 PC -2018 Proms-Piemontesi

No doubt Mozart ornamented each return of the theme differently, but I prefer it kept simple - Schnabel, Curzon and Serkin do it the way I like. It is far more difficult to ornament Mozart than, say, Bach. Bach's ornamentation opportunities, shall we call them, are fairly obvious, while with a few ...
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pier 11 NYC
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: Pier 11 NYC

Reminds me of the time when I took advantage of my military dependent ID and rode the Governor's Island Ferry to, well, Governor's Island, which at the time was a Coast Guard station (and a lovely community) off limits to "civilians." Best view of the lower Manhattan skyline I have ever had.
by jbuck919
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mostly Mozart Creation Eurotrash
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: Mostly Mozart Creation Eurotrash

Our first ever hearing of Haydn's Creation-despite pleasant music though a little o n the static side for me, pleasant enough singing and orchestra work, some nice projections and props and with surtitles because of certain other messages coming across the screen and other props and costumes I'm af...
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mendelssohn 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Re: Mendelssohn 6 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 35

These are very fine works, indeed. (My recording of the first one is on Youtube.) I actually watched it and that got me interested in these works to begin with!!! They seem wretchedly difficult to play. Donald is a very virtuosic player. He was being far too modest not to post the link to the youtu...
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Miracle in New Mexico? Church leaders wondering how to explain a Mary statue that appears to be 'weeping'
Replies: 12
Views: 550

Re: Miracle in New Mexico? Church leaders wondering how to explain a Mary statue that appears to be 'weeping'

I meant by 'tangentially' the fact that religious 'superstition' necessarily was opposed to any kind of 'scientific' evolutionary theory. I know what you meant, but in fact superstition is entirely consistent with evolution. Anatomically modern humans evolved no more than a couple of hundred thousa...
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Miracle in New Mexico? Church leaders wondering how to explain a Mary statue that appears to be 'weeping'
Replies: 12
Views: 550

Re: Miracle in New Mexico? Church leaders wondering how to explain a Mary statue that appears to be 'weeping'

This is only tangentially related to the topic, but this discussion/event might interest you: sure wish I could be there!! https://www.pangburnphilosophy.com/evolution-chicago I would not call that tangentially related, except in the sense that human stupidity "evolved" along with human behavioral ...
by jbuck919
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 'This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man', says conservative columnist George Will
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: 'This sad, embarrassing wreck of a man', says conservative columnist George Will

Don't trust anything George Will says, unless the subject is baseball. He once wrote that the Tea Party was the rich fulfillment of the promise of Ronald Reagan.
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 15
Views: 808

Re: Dresden 1945

Anyone who thinks that the situations are equivalent will also believe that Trump and Hillary Clinton were equivalent (as unfortunately many Americans do), or that the South should have been allowed to secede with impunity and keep slavery as an institution indefinitely. I'm sorry, but you are talki...
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dresden 1945
Replies: 15
Views: 808

Re: Dresden 1945

Literature is literature and history is history. Frankly, I don't give a damn about Robert Lowell's opinion. I would rely rather on the opinion I once heard from an unrepentant RAF officer, and I'm pretty sure I'm getting this exactly: "It didn't take a genius to see that if Nazism had triumphed, a ...
by jbuck919
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Overdue for a meet-up?
Replies: 112
Views: 25060

Re: Overdue for a meet-up?

John B, we'll miss you, but hope you make a full recovery. Hope you weren't trying to imitate Lully. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Lully LOLOL Thank you Hank. That is the funniest thing I've read here in years. Lully stabbed himself by accident. Perhaps I should make it clear that I s...