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by Auntie Lynn
Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Alec Baldwin Gives $1 Million to New York Philharmonic
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: Alec Baldwin Gives $1 Million to New York Philharmonic

Wowsers! Now I have to take back all the rotten things I've said about him...way to go!!
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music and Dance
Replies: 6
Views: 829

Re: Music and Dance

I have worked for our local troupe for 32 years. They do all of the above plus everything else. The company has tremendous depth. They are currently on tour (got rave reviews in Hamburg - and everyone knows those Germans can't dance unless it's oom-pah-pah). And they are just about the only performi...
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: You will share my concern for Ralph Stein
Replies: 22
Views: 2005

Re: You will share my concern for Ralph Stein

Yep, he was my first friend back at the old Classical Insites - anyone having contact with Uncle Ralph could kindly advise him that Auntie Lynn is also worried and sends all possible best wishes...
by Auntie Lynn
Wed May 02, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Do you have a treasured "collectible" from classical music?
Replies: 22
Views: 2925

Re: Do you have a treasured "collectible" from classical mus

Yuppers...a crazy looking old 78 of Amelita Galli-Curci singing Proch's Air and Variations. Spectacular. Every note is a golden pearl...
by Auntie Lynn
Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like
Replies: 51
Views: 5277

Re: Joyless And Depressing Musical Downers That You Like

Wozzeck - my personal heartbreaker fave...

(Eckshully, I am a fun lady and I like fun music...)
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Birthday, Lenny!
Replies: 21
Views: 839

Re: Happy Birthday, Lenny!

I still say and he and Liberace - in their day - did more to advance the cause of classical music than anyone...not too sure who's doing it today to any great effect...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Fan of Swan Lake Ballet?
Replies: 6
Views: 1138

Re: Fan of Swan Lake Ballet?

The famous trumpet solo is in the third act Italian variation...lots of triple toungue-ing...
by Auntie Lynn
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Argerich and Lang Lang duet!
Replies: 11
Views: 2492

Re: Argerich and Lang Lang duet!

There was a video of them on-line at Verbier a couple of years ago...which also included a video of about eight top-ten hot shot piano players playing - I think - the Hexameron...
by Auntie Lynn
Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Oh, my ignorance of 20th century British composers!
Replies: 8
Views: 883

Re: Oh, my ignorance of 20th century British composers!

Oh, gosh - my grandpa was from Lancashire so I am highly partial. A most interesting thing while in London recently was Harrison Birtwhistle's Mask of Orpheus at the Barbican - an extraordinary undertaking considering the logistics of getting it done. Anyway, I'd probably start with Elgar, Holst, et...
by Auntie Lynn
Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue
Replies: 18
Views: 2055

Re: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue

It's just a suggestion, but you might wanna check the craigslist instrument entries to see if there's anything interesting...tuners also usually have pretty good leads. Mama bought mine new from a dealer...and she sure knew what she was doing!
by Auntie Lynn
Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue
Replies: 18
Views: 2055

Re: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue

Steinway has a sort of "Kelly Blue Book" on line. My piano is now worth 16 times what mama paid for it - and/or that is what it would cost me to replace it...don't think I could replace it, though. It is a Series G and pretty rare - but one of the best.
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For ballet fans only
Replies: 22
Views: 2624

Re: For ballet fans only

Our local troupe is doing R&J all this week. Great casts (checkitout online). Some of the best dancers in the world. Newish production. Come on out - bring money and take public transportation...kiss kiss...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue
Replies: 18
Views: 2055

Re: Grand piano as status symbol or glorified statue

I love Arch Digest - Paige Rense has a lot of friends in SF. Things to watch out for. A piano is not a piece of furniture. Don't load it down with pictures of idiot children. No vases of flowers unless you don't mind a spill costing you about $4,000 for re-stringing. The only thing that should ever ...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Looking for a specific book on piano techniques
Replies: 4
Views: 614

Re: Looking for a specific book on piano techniques

I've got "Famous Pianists and their Techniques" by Gerig. Don't know if this is what you want. There's also the Banowetz (?) book on pedaling - both are real handy dandy...
by Auntie Lynn
Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Nutcracker and other visuals
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: Nutcracker and other visuals

It was on TV the other night. Ovation is doing Berlin, Kirov/Maryinsky, Bolshoi, Bourne and the Royal this week - you get to vote for your fave. However, sports fans, SF was the first to do this little number...thankya Lew Christensen...
by Auntie Lynn
Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How far have you traveled just to attend a concert?
Replies: 39
Views: 4908

Re: How far have you traveled just to attend a concert?

Just went from San Fran to London and back to see the glorious Sergei Polunin do Prince Florestan at the ROH...it was my Christmas present...
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Blind Musicians
Replies: 12
Views: 1182

Re: Blind Musicians

And Alex Templeton had a fantastic array of bankable musical abilities...remember when I used to take five notes from the audience and improvise a concerto live...

Anybody mention Grand Master George Shearing (he was a close friend of my major adviser in grad school...)
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: If you registered to join us and still can't access us ...
Replies: 4
Views: 188958

Re: If you registered to join us and still can't access us .

I finally got in but I had to use Netscape to do it...thanks for all your help...

La Lynn
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: self-study of harmony
Replies: 12
Views: 4921

Re: self-study of harmony

Well, times change and scholarship changes, but I don't recommend this. What's that old saying about the guy who acts as his own attorney has a fool for a client...?? Walter Piston was the standard for years. We also used Roger Sessions (I used to live in his house in Berkeley). There are things tha...
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Review of Earl Wild Autobiography
Replies: 7
Views: 1092

Re: Review of Earl Wild Autobiography

Mr. Wild took lessons from my piano teacher back in the good old/bad old days. Vladimir got after him for wearing nail polish...
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays!
Replies: 16
Views: 1027

Re: Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays!

Uh, well, I hate to be mundane, but I celebrated my recent b'day at Le Ciel at the Grand Hotel Wien in Vienna after a trip to Zentralfriedhof to visit Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, all the darlin' Strausses (without whom I would not be in business)...etc. etc.

Cannot wait to go back...
by Auntie Lynn
Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:10 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: Black Swan
Replies: 9
Views: 3549

Re: Black Swan

I posted the following on the Amazon classical music thread - and - mirabile dictu! everyone agreed with me... ***** Black Swan takes psychodrama and wraps it in the trappings of classical dance. I have NEVER seen a good dance movie. At least The Red Shoes had a little truth in it, plus Shearer was ...
by Auntie Lynn
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Clinton vs Palin
Replies: 30
Views: 1280

Re: Clinton vs Palin

Sarah would make a good Speaker of the House or Majority/Minority leader. I am not a big Sarah fan, but she's the only interesting political individual out there...for reasons not entirely comprehended by me...
by Auntie Lynn
Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Margot Fonteyn in her prime
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: Margot Fonteyn in her prime

This was on TV a few years back...
by Auntie Lynn
Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Merry Christmas [unemployed] America!
Replies: 30
Views: 1547

Re: Merry Christmas [unemployed] America!

I don't understand it. I am holding down three jobs and turning down others. Yes, I am in an orphan occupation. Mama didn't train me to do any job a robot can do. The whole problem is over-population - too many people chasing too few jobs...
by Auntie Lynn
Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Hate Flying!
Replies: 28
Views: 3055

Re: I Hate Flying!

On a recent trip to Paris from SF to Dulles, we had not one, not two, not three, but - yep, four screaming babies. The minute one let up, another would start - and yes, I know all about entitlements... Two days ago, my daughter and I walked through the scanner at Heathrow and nobody even looked...
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Liberal control freaks take kids toys
Replies: 20
Views: 1025

Re: Liberal control freaks take kids toys

I think Mayor Newsom vetoed it...
by Auntie Lynn
Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can Hardly Wait For Tuesday To Be Over!
Replies: 4
Views: 566

Re: Can Hardly Wait For Tuesday To Be Over!

I am not answering the phone until after it's over...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My Kind of Actor - Al Pacino
Replies: 23
Views: 1019

Re: My Kind of Actor - Al Pacino

I understand Al and Daniel Day Lewis come from the same school of acting - part Stanislavsky and part Cagney...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Could We Have A "Rogues Gallery" of Pictures?
Replies: 55
Views: 3605

Re: Could We Have A "Rogues Gallery" of Pictures?

We used to have this on one of the old CMG sites - there was Ralph and Frank Berglas and a bunch of others - Nightmare Alice, I think... For all I know, it may be floating around out there in cyberspace as I am not aware that it was ever taken down or cancelled out...
by Auntie Lynn
Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:07 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sarah Palin - dumber than Marilyn Monroe?
Replies: 20
Views: 2353

Re: Sarah Palin - dumber than Marilyn Monroe?

I am no big Sarah fan, but - face it - she's the only interesting political figure out there.

And Marilyn was NOT dumb...
by Auntie Lynn
Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 99 Dem House Seats in Jeopardy - make your own guess
Replies: 12
Views: 986

Re: 99 Dem House Seats in Jeopardy - make your own guess

I NEVER say I told you so -- but I saw this coming three years ago.

BTW, what you win is a toaster oven and a cheese log...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Performing Arts Center as Real Estate Tycoon?
Replies: 3
Views: 406

Re: Performing Arts Center as Real Estate Tycoon?

Standard Oil built Davies - we also have a Mr. Goldman (Richard) - major insurance there...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Proper Attire At The Symphony
Replies: 27
Views: 6467

Re: Proper Attire At The Symphony

I look gawjus! You cannot do the Foyer Strut if you have nothing to strut. Willie Brown and I have the same Saturday night subscription and we have this little two-step routine...

And how about them Jints!!?? Everybody said we'd drop dead when Barry Bonds left...too soon to tell...
by Auntie Lynn
Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Sidewalks of San Francisco
Replies: 6
Views: 784

Re: The Sidewalks of San Francisco

San Francisco can take care of San Francisco's homeless. The problem is the tens of thousands of homeless who gravitate in here from Ypsilanti, Bayonne, Yazoo City, etc. etc. in order to get on our very generous General Assistance, paid for by - you guessed it - yours truly, the SF Property Owner/Ta...
by Auntie Lynn
Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianists and Rubato
Replies: 23
Views: 3327

Re: Pianists and Rubato

Eckshully, most rubato is governed by performer temperament...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Where Do You Get Your News?
Replies: 14
Views: 1046

Re: Where Do You Get Your News?

FNC - at least they give both sides.

On the job, one of my co-workers ALWAYS knows all the grist...who's doing who, etc.
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Colbert act too much even for me
Replies: 9
Views: 918

Re: Colbert act too much even for me

The REAL problem was - it wasn't funny - if you are going to do that shtick, you gotta be funny - and I am rather easily entertained...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Favourite Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue"
Replies: 77
Views: 7953

Re: Favourite Gershwin "Rhapsody in Blue"

Oscar Levant
Auntie Lynn
by Auntie Lynn
Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Can We Increase The Number of Posters Here?
Replies: 69
Views: 3822

Re: How Can We Increase The Number of Posters Here?

I haven't read this whole thread, but has anybody heard from Uncle Ralph? Has he been here at all? Is he okay? I think I have his e-mail, maybe I checkitout...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Does the US have an Alzheimer's pandemic?
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Re: Does the US have an Alzheimer's pandemic?

And contrary to popular opinion, it is not all concentrated on these threads...

Kiss kiss...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: If you were a judge...
Replies: 74
Views: 4612

Re: If you were a judge...

That distinguished jurist, Auntie Lynn, always sez: Hang 'Em High! Thereby, making yet another parking space available to the desperate...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Seller's Remorse?
Replies: 12
Views: 1073

Re: Seller's Remorse?

Sold my utterly gawjus Buffet clarinet many years ago to buy a car - it would cost me $10,000 to replace it today - I guess we all do dumb things...

Apologies to Stoltzman, Goodman and Dickson in Allana, Joja...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Great Novel about Music
Replies: 32
Views: 2175

Re: Great Novel about Music

I haven't read this whole thread, but we had a previous heads-up on the Variations book a few months back. It's at the SFPL - I started it, but re-shelved...sorry...
by Auntie Lynn
Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Opinion on Balakirev's "Islamey" for solo piano
Replies: 18
Views: 3574

Re: Opinion on Balakirev's "Islamey" for solo piano

Well, this piece is a lot of fuss and feathers and what you wind up with is an empty suit. When I bought the sheet music for this at Tupper and Reed in Berkeley, the salesman told me that last time he heard it played, Rachmaninoff was at the Old 88. It used to have the reputation of being the most d...
by Auntie Lynn
Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our membership participation ...
Replies: 29
Views: 2238

Re: Our membership participation ...

BTW, I might also mention the classical music forum over at Amazon. They have a couple of really knowledgeable and witty folks (Piso Mojado and Henry James) plus a few others. The threads tend to get overloaded but if you like a whole lot of opinionating, this is a site you might try...
by Auntie Lynn
Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: How do pianists make ends meet?
Replies: 12
Views: 1379

Re: How do pianists make ends meet?

Every time I mention this, it generates a firestorm of rage at this site, but since you ask...I have a full time job playing piano all day at a first tier, high profile performing arts venue here in Baghdad by the Bay. I have a substantial range of marketable, bankable skills including the Magic Ear...
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What Is It? A Plane Crash or a Gas Explosion?
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: What Is It? A Plane Crash or a Gas Explosion?

There's a huge crater where the gas line blew up - looks like Shanksville, PA. My daughter's boyfriend was working at the shopping center just on the fringe of the mess... Now, you're gonna love this - the line was laid in 1948 - the PGE top execs get HUGE salaries/bonuses - etc. We almost bought a ...
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What is your dream music vacation?
Replies: 46
Views: 4425

Re: What is your dream music vacation?

Well, I had planned this year to go to Vienna and take the tour bus to see where it all happened, Beethoven, the Strausses, Mahler, walk in the Prater with the ghost of Brahms, see the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Viennese schools, etc. - but I had to have two teeth fixed to the tune of $5,500 so that settled that...
by Auntie Lynn
Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Our membership participation ...
Replies: 29
Views: 2238

Re: Our membership participation ...

Manipulating Le Gibet is a challenge. That's what the sostenuto (middle) pedal is for on the Old 88, and I hope you have a really good one because it certainly helps. My teacher strongly recommends the Banowetz pedaling book. It is the standard for the genre. The hanged body is supposed to be swingi...