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by jbuck919
Thu May 10, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: David Ludwig's 2015 Violin Concerto
Replies: 1
Views: 421

Re: David Ludwig's 2015 Violin Concerto

Did anyone ever hear a piece whose movements are marked (in English) fast--slow--fast? :) Of course the descriptive synonym phenomenon goes back very far. Only presto really means "fast" in Italian and only largo really means "slow." Anyway, I did enjoy this piece. It does not exactly break new musi...
by jbuck919
Wed May 09, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pope Francis 5 years in — absolute monarch or social-justice prophet?
Replies: 4
Views: 1620

Re: Pope Francis 5 years in — absolute monarch or social-justice prophet?

Perhaps it would be fairer to say that the areas in which Francis is a social justice pope are the same ones the church has advocated since Pope Leo XIII. The remarkable thing is that it has any social justice teachings at all, and JP II actually pulled back on them, rejecting liberation theology be...
by jbuck919
Tue May 08, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical claims to fame
Replies: 24
Views: 2333

Re: Musical claims to fame

When I was in high school in the 60s, Rubinstein performed at Newburgh Free Academy, the public high school in the small Hudson River city by that name which was just down the highway from where I lived. Tickets were $5.00. My father would have taken me if I had really wanted it, because even then I...
by jbuck919
Tue May 08, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Brahms
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

RebLem wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 9:30 pm
I would say that Brahms's mischievous and celebratory side is best exemplified by the Academic Festival Overture.
Sorry folks, but I have to say that this von Suppé-like work (and Brahms didn't pretend it was anything else) is one of the few pieces by Brahms that I cannot stand.
by jbuck919
Mon May 07, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday Brahms
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: Happy Birthday Brahms

Donald Francis Tovey wrote that the Handel Variations are one of the "three or four greatest sets ever written." That puts them up there with the Goldberg and Diabelli Variations. Who am I to argue with Tovey?
by jbuck919
Mon May 07, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Organ Sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 1053

Re: Bach's Organ Sonatas

I guess you are referring to something that's called 'coupling'. These old mechanic Dutch/German organs are built according to the so-called Werkprinzip: each manual is in fact the 'entrance' to one single instrument or 'work' (mostly called 'division'). When organ specifics are given, it's mostly ...
by jbuck919
Mon May 07, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How the Met Museum borrowed papal tiara & vestments from the Vatican
Replies: 3
Views: 1063

Re: How the Met Museum borrowed papal tiara & vestments from the Vatican

Sounds terrific in both concept and execution. Even new vestments of quality used by parishes that care about such things (including my own little one) cost thousands of dollars per set or even item. What will be on exhibit will be priceless. For the record, the pope's white cassock (soutane), cinct...
by jbuck919
Sun May 06, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How the Met Museum borrowed papal tiara & vestments from the Vatican
Replies: 3
Views: 1063

Re: How the Met Museum borrowed papal tiara & vestments from the Vatican

Sounds terrific in both concept and execution. Even new vestments of quality used by parishes that care about such things (including my own little one) cost thousands of dollars per set or even item. What will be on exhibit will be priceless. For the record, the pope's white cassock (soutane), cinct...
by jbuck919
Fri May 04, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach's Organ Sonatas
Replies: 7
Views: 1053

Re: Bach's Organ Sonatas

The Trio Sonatas are Bach's most difficult organ works. (The fact that with considerably practice I can play them is rather a cure for my inferiority complex.) In truth, they are conceptually instrumental trio sonatas, and have been recorded as such. The slow movement of the D major was re-purposed ...
by jbuck919
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pope Francis 5 years in — absolute monarch or social-justice prophet?
Replies: 4
Views: 1620

Re: Pope Francis 5 years in — absolute monarch or social-justice prophet?

Mostly perfect nonsense, but I will only say that abortion (and gay rights, and priesthood for women, and contraception are social justice issues, which the pope blithely ignores.
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 6569

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

The conductor Erich Leinsdorf (1912-1993) was much feared by orchestral players - insofar as orchestral players are any longer afraid of conductors: they realize that they make the sound, whereas the conductor's baton is silent. But unpleasantness makes for uncomfortable rehearsals, and Leinsdorf's...
by jbuck919
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A "quip" about composer Max Reger
Replies: 8
Views: 1582

Re: A "quip" about composer Max Reger

Reger was a fine organist, but unlike Bach, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, and probably Mozart, he was not the greatest of his time. He had a virtuoso friend whose name I cannot now find whom he was constantly challenging with a new piece he (Reger) thought was too difficult even for his friend to play. Thi...
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A note to the classically insecure
Replies: 8
Views: 1682

A note to the classically insecure

I offer the following for your consideration without necessarily agreeing with its necessity or with any specific point made. A Note to the Classically Insecure By Miles Hoffman Mr. Hoffman is a classical violist and radio commentator. April 18, 2018 I was talking about music recently with a friend...
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: And speaking of NY State's summer operas
Replies: 1
Views: 696

And speaking of NY State's summer operas

Glimmerglass is putting on The Cunning Little Vixen, and that's at least a possibility. Caramoor is doing Handel's Atalanta . Bard College is putting on Anton Rubinstein's Demon , about which I know nothing but which is an intriguing possibility. That's probably the one my friend Ted will attend, bu...
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: hippolyte rameau julliard
Replies: 5
Views: 1647

Re: hippolyte rameau julliard

I know you'll enjoy it, but it is a shame they gratuitously marred it with those changes. Rameau is something I'd like to see them do at Glimmerglass or Bard (or even the Seagle Colony) when I take one my never-get-around-to-it stabs at attending one of these summer festivals.
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Francis's reported remarks on Hell land him in the traditionalists's fiery pit
Replies: 1
Views: 1104

Re: Francis's reported remarks on Hell land him in the traditionalists's fiery pit

Although I cannot cite a specific theologian, there has long been a speculative strain of thought that Hell is actually another sign of God's mercy, since the soul is at least alive and the alternative would be non-existence. Francis may have bought into this notion that non-existence is a punishmen...
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opera Philly 2018/19 season
Replies: 4
Views: 1083

Re: Opera Philly 2018/19 season

lennygoran wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:18 am
A handsome booklet arrived with their 2018/19 schedule but nothing really appealed to me that much. Regards, Len


https://www.operaphila.org/whats-on/on-stage-2018-2019/
I guess even you have seen enough of Lucia. :) (The Poulenc might be interesting. Certainly a rarity.)
by jbuck919
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth
Replies: 5
Views: 1147

Re: Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth

“Today, Bayreuth is the cultural capital of Bavaria,” Markus Söder, the minister president of Bavaria, said before the gala opening of the theater on Thursday. What an extraordinary thing for a Bavarian politician and official to say. Has Munich suddenly been wiped off the map? It's not even "real"...
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Unholy Week, Day 1: Paul quotes Peter: 'I don't know the guy'
Replies: 1
Views: 893

Re: Unholy Week, Day 1: Paul quotes Peter: 'I don't know the guy'

Paul Ryan doesn't know anything very well. That's one of the reasons we're saddled with this tax cut, against which his failure to get cuts in spending in areas that nobody really wants cut is limited consolation because of the effect on the deficit and its inevitable if (may the GOP be thankful) de...
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music for TWO organs!
Replies: 1
Views: 557

Re: Music for TWO organs!

I'm afraid I don't know any of that music. (I am tempted to add that I am more afraid of what I might find if I did, since none of those men were composers of stature.) I have heard two organs play together in the same church, including an excellent pair right here in Glens Falls NY at First Presbyt...
by jbuck919
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Milos Forman, famed 'Amadeus' director, dead at 86
Replies: 1
Views: 829

Re: Milos Forman, famed 'Amadeus' director, dead at 86

Someone being interviewed on NPR (not Forman) once commented that we have Communist incompetence in maintaining and enhancing infrastructure to thank for Prague being largely untouched. Perhaps a better way of thinking about it is that Prague was allowed to reach a dilapidated state that was hidden ...
by jbuck919
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Welcome to CMG, Todd Schurk!
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: Welcome to CMG, Todd Schurk!

Welcome, Todd. We don't have enough strongly contributing members, and also too few new ones, so speaking only for myself (but probably everyone else too), we look forward to your posting.
by jbuck919
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Edith Piaf
Replies: 3
Views: 1333

Re: Edith Piaf

I've seen the commercial, but of course knew that famous rendition from long ago. All I can say about her songs and those of her ilk is "The non-great French songbook."
by jbuck919
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Coming Out of the Performing Arts Library
Replies: 6
Views: 1184

Re: Coming Out of the Performing Arts Library

Why on Earth would you assume that? Why not? :) A joke, John, though I really did think it was by you because we associate you with the library. However, I thought maybe something like "Coming out of the Performing Arts Library I saw Renée Fleming and you'll never believe who she was with." :)
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pope admits to grave errors in sex abuse case; invites victims to Rome for a personal apology
Replies: 1
Views: 854

Re: Pope admits to grave errors in sex abuse case; invites victims to Rome for a personal apology

There are clerics who have a blind spot about sexual abuse, and clerics who have a blind spot about sex. The two groups are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and the last several popes appear to have belonged to both groups. Once the Church in NYC estimated that "only" four percent of priests in t...
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Coming Out of the Performing Arts Library
Replies: 6
Views: 1184

Re: Coming Out of the Performing Arts Library

At first I assumed this was by John F and that the subject line read "Coming out at the Performing Arts Library. ;)
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"
Replies: 11
Views: 1298

Re: "Living the Classical Life: Emmanuel Ax"

Interesting, I believe Ax says Schubert's Sonata No.9, B major, D.575 is too hard for Ax to play. Brendel live in Amsterdam , October 4, 1998, audio with score : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGGSMAb1SIQ One has to understand that there are pianists who never practice, or if they do it is in a pe...
by jbuck919
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 4692

Re: Bach and religion

every single actor who has portrayed Jesus in a spectacle (Max von Sydow, Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Powell, Willem Dafoe) has had blue eyes. Was Jesus a blue-eyed amateur actor in one of the greatest of all gospel flicks? Hard to tell given Pasolini's choice of b & w photography. But probably not. KKp...
by jbuck919
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 4692

Re: Bach and religion

I should add, my previous post was sparked by comments on Apollo, which is one of the categories of depiction the book considers. Now we're really drifting, but every single actor who has portrayed Jesus in a spectacle (Max von Sydow, Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Powell, Willem Dafoe) has had blue eyes. ...
by jbuck919
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 4692

Re: Bach and religion

Early Christian iconography. Christ was sometimes depicted as strikingly similar to Apollo manifested as sun-god (Helios?) or Apollo as shepherd. Christ was not identified with Apollo, however. https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/borrowing-from-the-...
by jbuck919
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 4692

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". Thanks. Sensitive enough for some that it generated an alternative line: That we, from the Turks and the Pope’s *alt...
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Triduum--ugh
Replies: 18
Views: 2667

Re: The Triduum--ugh

This reminds me of being at Hochamt at Augustinerkirche, Wien. I'll be back early next year for more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du1wTMh6Ts8 The Ambrosian chant is much older than the Gregorian and much more primitive. It is very ancient. I consider the far more sophisticated Gregorian to be o...
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I was thinking about Auntie Lynn lately.
Replies: 6
Views: 1255

Re: I was thinking about Auntie Lynn lately.

Lance wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:14 pm
I wonder how she is doing without CMG? Does anyone see her around? Or should I just let bygones by bygone? :lol:
I don't know, but I know how CMG is doing without her.
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 4692

Re: Bach and religion

Interesting article, but the claim about Bach allegedly having a "contempt for Judaism, Catholicism and Islam " as well as for "foreigners " strikes me as questionable . ... As far as I know, there is no evidence that Bach, devout as he was as a Lutheran, was this intolerant toward other religions ...
by jbuck919
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and religion
Replies: 35
Views: 4692

Re: Bach and religion

So who didn't/doesn't think Bach was religious, extremely devout even? The same mistake is made about Handel. Atheists and agnostics tend to think that all artistic people are crypto-secularists because they fancy that Shakespeare and Milton, for instance, are to much in the way of geniuses to be be...
by jbuck919
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Triduum--ugh
Replies: 18
Views: 2667

Re: The Triduum--ugh

Sorry.

by jbuck919
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Triduum--ugh
Replies: 18
Views: 2667

Re: The Triduum--ugh

Here is another impeccable performance, this one performed by a real deacon, whom I take to be an American of Asian extraction, at a nonpareil location. Though the pope himself is not much of a latinist (this "performance" notwithstanding), you never can tell where you'll find one . The chief latini...
by jbuck919
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Triduum--ugh
Replies: 18
Views: 2667

Re: The Triduum--ugh

jserraglio wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:57 pm
The Latin cantor was Fr. Alejandro Tobón, OCD, a Columbian priest belonging to the order of Discalced Carmelites and who also happens to be a trained musician.
I think you mean Colombian. ;)
by jbuck919
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Triduum--ugh
Replies: 18
Views: 2667

Re: The Triduum--ugh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyEAsiDjFP4 WyEAsiDjFP4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP_5YxIAV2E nP_5YxIAV2E The second rendering is the original Latin,and exceedingly beautifully done. I have heard at least one lousy performance in Latin performed by a deacon just because he was a deacon. (It i...
by jbuck919
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Catholic colleges excel at hoops
Replies: 5
Views: 1298

Re: Why Catholic colleges excel at hoops

What is reductionist (actually the right word is false) is the notion that Catholic schools had any motivation for being in big-time sports that secular schools did not, or that they were motivated by anything resembling a noble motive, unless one is in the demented multitude that thinks fandom is a...
by jbuck919
Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Catholic colleges excel at hoops
Replies: 5
Views: 1298

Re: Why Catholic colleges excel at hoops

A preposterous fabrication, and I assume jserraglio posted it in full knowledge of that and perhaps (if I flatter myself) anticipating my reply. Catholic Universities excel at major sports (and let's remember that at Notre Dame it's football) for the same reason other universities do: money. The onl...
by jbuck919
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Structure as part of the listening/appreciation paradigm
Replies: 25
Views: 2813

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

Cultural movements pertaining to art, music and literature seldom run contiguously. There is always a 'lag' period between one or the other and I agree with John on this point. We both think that, so I guess it doesn't matter that you didn't specify which John you mean. :) The question is to what e...
by jbuck919
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Triduum--ugh
Replies: 18
Views: 2667

Re: The Triduum--ugh

I couldn't see or hear any link from Jbuck's posting!! Loved the joke about the kitchen sink!! This morning we've just returned from Christ Church Cathedral (Anglican) for the 'orchestral mass' and Eucharist. Orchestra, large pipe organ and choir in superb form (only it was often hard to hear the s...
by jbuck919
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Triduum--ugh
Replies: 18
Views: 2667

The Triduum--ugh

For those who do not know "Triduum" refers to the three days prior to Easter morning--Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. I survived the first two well enough, but this year our Anglo-Catholic rector decided for the first time to program a complete Easter Vigil the night before Easte...
by jbuck919
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Structure as part of the listening/appreciation paradigm
Replies: 25
Views: 2813

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

Continuously linked movements go back at least to Beethoven and the Pastorale Symphony. So does music with an extra-musical program. It's hard to say when the Romantic Period in music began. With Beethoven and Brahms at either end of the century we have Classical Era forms with a Romantic sensibili...
by jbuck919
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Musical Structure as part of the listening/appreciation paradigm
Replies: 25
Views: 2813

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

I suppose I am the one here who should be posting an essay, since I have two degrees in music theory and Belle's post sounds like a recapitulation of everything anyone tried to teach me. Nevertheless, I remain a "naive" listener, uninstructed in my listening by what I know about musical structure or...
by jbuck919
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chip off the old block? Alan Gershwin dead at 91
Replies: 3
Views: 856

Re: Chip off the old block? Alan Gershwin dead at 91

The only way we will ever know for certain is by way of DNA. But that might not be possible now with George being gone so long. There are possibly other family members and their descendents, whose DNA could be used to establish or reject a relationship. When it was determined that Anna Anderson was...
by jbuck919
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: As lawyers quit or refuse to represent him, will Donald have to ask for a public defender?
Replies: 2
Views: 942

Re: As lawyers quit or refuse to represent him, will Donald have to ask for a public defender?

I imagine that your subject line is facetious, but just in case, you know perfectly well that access to a public defender is means tested. The standard from Miranda is "and cannot afford one," not "cannot find one." I have no doubt that there are many accused of a crime who are put into bankruptcy b...
by jbuck919
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Eastside Met Policy Change
Replies: 4
Views: 916

Re: Eastside Met Policy Change

We were spending the day in nyc with flower exhibits-first the imaginative easter flower display at macy's-an annual event-and then a wonderful new exhibit at the met museum of art-didn't realize there's a new admission charge at the met for nj people and others-oh well it was nice while it lasted....
by jbuck919
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ever heard of a Thingspiel?
Replies: 3
Views: 661

Ever heard of a Thingspiel?

No, it is not Singspiel pronounced with a lisp. It is a sort of multi-media performance performed in a German amphitheatre transformed into a Thingplatz. (Well, that explains everything. :) ) Though it pains me to say it, this is a Nazi concept that would have had real promise if separated from the ...