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by Teresa B
Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers
Replies: 236
Views: 19260

Re: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers

Since you didn't quote the great pianist Artur Schnabel, I will: "Mozart is too easy for children and too difficult for adults." He meant exactly what you're saying. Yes, and like Mozart, he managed to convey it in far fewer phonemes! :mrgreen: With Schnabel, it's just an epigram, but you're explai...
by Teresa B
Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers
Replies: 236
Views: 19260

Re: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers

I agree that the treachery of playing a 3 or 4-voice Bach fugue on the piano is beastly--certainly far more hard to handle than a Mozart Andante . It isn't the technical skill that makes Mozart so difficult to pull off. Bach, without the technical chops, is unplayable (as are many other composers' ...
by Teresa B
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers
Replies: 236
Views: 19260

Re: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers

I did say in one of my posts that playing could be regarded as a different kind of experience in understanding music. Absolutely, yes. Your points are certainly taken on board. Alas, I must understand only from the listening, analysing and reading point of view - with some attempts at the piano son...
by Teresa B
Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers
Replies: 236
Views: 19260

Re: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers

I have been reading a lot about the profundities, complexity, etc, of various composers, but have not seen any posts commenting on it from a player's viewpoint. (Please forgive me if any of you posted on this and I missed it!) Having played a lot of Mozart (as well as Bach, Beethoven and others), I ...
by Teresa B
Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:32 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers
Replies: 236
Views: 19260

Re: Arnold Rosner: Mozart most overrated of all composers

I have been off the board for a week, but will beat the now-dead horse with my 2 cents too! There are periodic threads in which someone posts something like "Mozart is overrated", or "Stockhausen is completely unintelligible", etc. My personal opinion is that Mozart was one of the greatest of all co...
by Teresa B
Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The First Person in musical composition
Replies: 87
Views: 9146

Re: The First Person in musical composition

Tarantella wrote:Brahms is soporific, aye? Heresy. :evil:
Only his lullabyes.
:D
Teresa
by Teresa B
Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Promises, Promises
Replies: 10
Views: 1335

Re: Promises, Promises

What the Johns said.
8)
Teresa
by Teresa B
Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Trying to find slow, meditative solo piano pieces
Replies: 16
Views: 2457

Re: Trying to find slow, meditative solo piano pieces

How "technically difficult" a piece are you looking for? If you're seeking meditative serenity, but the actual difficulty to play the piece doesn't matter, I suggest: Mozart Sonata K330, second movement Andante Chopin Prelude Op 28 no 4 in E minor (technically easy!) Chopin "Berceuse" (really diffic...
by Teresa B
Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The First Person in musical composition
Replies: 87
Views: 9146

Re: The First Person in musical composition

Wow, a lot of interesting questions--probably could fill a fairly decent book with a discussion of them! Clearly the composers' milieu and psyche must inform their music--I think the "first person" idea is valid, considering that we can often recognize a composer's idiom, such that we can often gues...
by Teresa B
Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: SCIENTISTS CLOSE IN ON GOD PARTICLE
Replies: 5
Views: 1077

Re: SCIENTISTS CLOSE IN ON GOD PARTICLE

Very cool, thanks for posting the articles, Agnes and John! I have done a little (lay) reading on the Higgs Boson, and the moniker "God Particle"--if the physicists' model is correct, the Higgs field pervades the universe since the Big Bang, and interacts with the other elementary particles to diffe...
by Teresa B
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109
Replies: 90
Views: 8365

Re: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109

Those ridiculous trills are all but impossible. My efforts at the PC #4 cadenza that has that kind of trilling in it were not as successful as I would have liked--and I felt bad about doing them with a "cheat" until i realized it was actually physically impossible to play one of the trills which, if...
by Teresa B
Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solomon's Beethoven biography
Replies: 23
Views: 2616

Re: Solomon's Beethoven biography

Not unless you believe those concertos are derivative and superficial, which might have pleased the "less learned" but hardly the "connoisseurs" who subscribed to Mozart's concerts. Anyway, they aren't. Not only do I NOT believe these Mozart works are derivative and superficial, I believe the oppos...
by Teresa B
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Solomon's Beethoven biography
Replies: 23
Views: 2616

Re: Solomon's Beethoven biography

I'm currently reading this work to prepare 2 x 2 hour sessions for Musical Appreciation for University of the Third Age (self-educating retirees group, originally founded in France). I'm only up to Beethoven in Bonn with Solomon's excellent work and one thing caught my eye: Beethoven's early works ...
by Teresa B
Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:39 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109
Replies: 90
Views: 8365

Re: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109

Absolutely agree, Lance, the whole of these two works are astounding - but I'm gripped by those parts I mentioned. I haven't heard the Dutch pianist you mention but I'm intrigued by your comment about "temperament" in playing this music. Honestly, I can't ever seem to find the words when speaking a...
by Teresa B
Sun Jul 01, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What really makes people fat
Replies: 6
Views: 830

Re: What really makes people fat

For sure, there's much that isn't yet known - for example, whether pre-obesity is the norm for our species or an aberration that can (or can't) be fixed. But are there any problems with a low-glycemic diet, meaning one that's low in easily digested carbohydrates, that would make it unhealthy for pe...
by Teresa B
Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What really makes people fat
Replies: 6
Views: 830

Re: What really makes people fat

I agree that the low-glycemic diet may be the best for most. But we still have to consider that not everyone is "pre-obese" or prone to metabolic syndrome (carb intolerance that can lead to diabetes when the pancreas finally gets tired of shooting out so much insulin). There are a lot of people who ...
by Teresa B
Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109
Replies: 90
Views: 8365

Re: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109

Teresa, obviously sympatisch!! I agree about the Mozart compared to Beethoven. And, of course, Beethoven wrote 5 concertos for keyboard, compared to 27 by WAM. I agree about the 4th and 5th, and I also think Beethoven trumps the classical concerto with his (written 2nd) 1st concerto. What about tha...
by Teresa B
Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109
Replies: 90
Views: 8365

Re: Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Opus 109

Please jbuck, and others, don't publish rubbish performances when somebody is trying to be serious!! Beethoven is a religion for me and I can't laugh. No sense of humour? We'll see... Some of the comments have been thoroughly engaging and thanks for these. I agree about Kovacevich as the go-to Beet...
by Teresa B
Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: You will share my concern for Ralph Stein
Replies: 22
Views: 1837

Re: You will share my concern for Ralph Stein

I'm sorry to hear this too! I will also send Ralph something on Facebook. He's one of the people I admire tons.

Teresa
by Teresa B
Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obamacare
Replies: 34
Views: 1908

Re: Obamacare

karlhenning wrote:Oh, has something happened? Romney has an actual plan, now? ; )

Cheers,
~Karl
Oh no, I mean his Massachusetts plan that the Obama plan is essentially based on, that somehow works quite well for the people of Massachusetts, but couldn't possibly work for the country!

Teresa
by Teresa B
Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Horowitz: a musical moment
Replies: 8
Views: 1014

Re: Horowitz: a musical moment

Lovely! I adore the little magical moment just before the end.

Teresa
by Teresa B
Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:08 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Helene Grimaud plays Bach
Replies: 33
Views: 4344

Re: Helene Grimaud plays Bach

Do you want to play Curly to my Aunt Ella?! I have an excellent sense of humour, but when I've been called a "philistine", "Thought Police", "outback Aussie hick", "ignorant" etc. you could understand why I might feel a bit apprehensive!! (Only some of those monikers are true, BTW!!!) Don't feel to...
by Teresa B
Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obamacare
Replies: 34
Views: 1908

Re: Obamacare

I was pleasantly surprised about the decision! Although I have no great love for this health care plan (I would have gone for a single payer), it certainly would have little chance of working without the individual mandate. Perhaps now we can at least see whether it will result in more covered Ameri...
by Teresa B
Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Helene Grimaud plays Bach
Replies: 33
Views: 4344

Re: Helene Grimaud plays Bach

Teresa, thanks for your comments!! The fact you can even play this work!! I fell dead after the most 'easy' of "The 48" in Grade 7. :lol: (But seriously, thanks! Just many years with lotsa Bach under the belt.) I enjoyed reading your anecdote and, actually, I prefer the Steinway or Bosendorfer for ...
by Teresa B
Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Helene Grimaud plays Bach
Replies: 33
Views: 4344

Re: Helene Grimaud plays Bach

Very nice performance by Ms. Grimaud--in fact I went ahead and listened to the whole concerto on YouTube and enjoyed it! I sympathize with the poor organist you mention. This piece takes no small effort to perform. I played the first movement of this Bach with my quintet--They have insisted from day...
by Teresa B
Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A WONDERFUL BOOK!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 708

Re: A WONDERFUL BOOK!!!

THANKS A MILLION, dear Agnes!!
:D
For those interested, check out the link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Creating-Will-Ter ... ating+will

Teresa
by Teresa B
Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: "Creating Will" a book by Teresa Brandt.
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Re: "Creating Will" a book by Teresa Brandt.

Many thanks, dear Agnes!!
:D
Teresa

P.S. Those who are interested, check out the link: http://www.amazon.com/Creating-Will-Ter ... ating+will
by Teresa B
Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Renee Fleming...and a Rolex Endorsement Deal
Replies: 16
Views: 2897

Re: Renee Fleming...and a Rolex Endorsement Deal

I'd say it's not too common to see endorsements from classical music celebrities, but of course it all depends on the ad's targeted demographic! Since AD is a magazine that appeals to luxury home/architectural aficionados, I suspect the Rolex and Blackglama people have done their market research. Su...
by Teresa B
Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why working-class people vote conservative
Replies: 14
Views: 1285

Re: Why working-class people vote conservative

Re: the argument about whether we vote morals, as I recall, Haidt has chapters on how it's really our emotions that run our behavior, with logic and rational thinking being guidance factors to varying degrees. We are indeed voting and making most decisions based on pre-existing biases, emotional res...
by Teresa B
Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why working-class people vote conservative
Replies: 14
Views: 1285

Re: Why working-class people vote conservative

society cannot just "go back" to a day when the utopian family a la "Father Knows Best" protects its own and instills proper morals. Among myriad changes that we've experienced (the melting pot is more mixed than ever), and the fact that things really weren't fabulous for everyone (e.g., women, peo...
by Teresa B
Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why working-class people vote conservative
Replies: 14
Views: 1285

Re: Why working-class people vote conservative

Well said, John. I read the whole book, and while Haidt makes some points that ring true--the very appealing sanctity and loyalty aspect of "Conservative" morality that may in some cases lead people to vote against their own interests--I'm inclined to think there is some duping going on. We're also ...
by Teresa B
Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy 70th Birthday, Lance G. Hill!
Replies: 25
Views: 3210

Re: Happy 70th Birthday, Lance G. Hill!

Have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Lance!!!
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Teresa
by Teresa B
Thu May 31, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My New Book!
Replies: 5
Views: 713

Re: My New Book!

Shameless bump!
:mrgreen:
Teresa
by Teresa B
Tue May 29, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My New Book!
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: My New Book!

Agnes Selby wrote:Yes, but not all books are as good as yours, dear Teresa.
Your book is an absolute winner and impossible to put down.
The characters are finely drawn and realistic and the story
most imaginative and exciting.

Love,
Agnes.
Many thanks, dear Agnes!
:D
Love,Teresa
by Teresa B
Sat May 26, 2012 7:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My New Book!
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: My New Book!

Thanks Agnes and Rwetmore! Well, I am not officially a "writer", but as they say we all have a book in us somewhere!
:D
Teresa
by Teresa B
Sat May 26, 2012 7:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My New Book!
Replies: 5
Views: 713

Re: My New Book!

Thanks so much, Agnes, and Lance! It's a very easy read. I think those on this board will enjoy the subject matter. :mrgreen:

Teresa
by Teresa B
Fri May 25, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My New Book!
Replies: 5
Views: 713

My New Book!

Hi everyone, I have taken Agnes Selby's wonderful writing as inspiration, and published my novel on Amazon. It may be of interest to any of you who like music and/or a bit of psychology! The title is "Creating Will", and it is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Creating-Will-Teresa-P-Brand...
by Teresa B
Fri May 25, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My New Book!
Replies: 5
Views: 638

My New Book!

Hi everyone, I have taken Agnes Selby's wonderful writing as inspiration, and published my novel on Amazon. It may be of interest to any of you who like music and/or a bit of psychology! The title is "Creating Will", and it is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Creating-Will-Teresa-P-Brand...
by Teresa B
Wed May 23, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: To the great music teachers of this board.
Replies: 5
Views: 577

Re: To the great music teachers of this board.

Hi Agnes, I am NOT a music teacher, but I could give you a personal view of someone who played some of "Mikrokosmos" as a young student! It was long ago, but I recall my teacher using it mainly as sight-reading material for me. I think it was helpful especially in that there were 20th century harmon...
by Teresa B
Fri May 18, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Our Community Was Shocked and Saddened To Learn of This:
Replies: 11
Views: 1085

Re: Our Community Was Shocked and Saddened To Learn of This:

These terrible bacterial infections are certainly very frightening, but luckily they're very rare. They make the news because of the rampant nature of them and their propensity to quickly kill or maim healthy individuals. They have been around for a long time--unfortunately, our overuse of powerful ...
by Teresa B
Fri May 11, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: For you Mozart Experts
Replies: 11
Views: 1632

Re: For you Mozart Experts

Interesting idea, although I'm not sure Mozart meant that motif as "laughter" either. I am not a Mozart "expert", but have played quite a few of his works--that descending tripping scale is something he has used in many piano passages (as have other composers), and I have never thought of it necessa...
by Teresa B
Fri May 04, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: American Massacres
Replies: 175
Views: 26746

Re: Another routine, ho-hum, all-American massacre

Reminds me of the lady who gave the talk eight years ago to folks gathered in Arlington, VA to interview for Dept. of Defense teaching positions. Specifically about Germany, words to the effect of "Don't worry: You're a lot safer over there." And I know I was. ------------- Maybe 8 years ago! Your ...
by Teresa B
Thu May 03, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Agnostic Sides With Military Atheists
Replies: 26
Views: 1204

Re: Agnostic Sides With Military Atheists

Can't disprove the flying spaghetti monster either :) You're agnostic when it comes to unicorns too, then ;) http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/burden-of-proof Yep. Obviously it's silly to say I think unicorns and spaghetti monsters probably exist, because I think they do not, as there is no evidence ...
by Teresa B
Thu May 03, 2012 3:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Agnostic Sides With Military Atheists
Replies: 26
Views: 1204

Re: Agnostic Sides With Military Atheists

Can't disprove the flying spaghetti monster either :) You're agnostic when it comes to unicorns too, then ;) http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/burden-of-proof Yep. Obviously it's silly to say I think unicorns and spaghetti monsters probably exist, because I think they do not, as there is no evidence ...
by Teresa B
Thu May 03, 2012 7:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Agnostic Sides With Military Atheists
Replies: 26
Views: 1204

Re: Agnostic Sides With Military Atheists

Isn’t an agnostic just an atheist without balls? - Stephen Colbert No I don't think so--an atheist if I have it right says there is no God--I can't say that because I can't back it up. I feel being an agnostic makes more sense. Regards, Len I agree with you, Lenny. Ditto. An agnostic, as I would un...
by Teresa B
Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration

Do Elizabeth II or Juan Carlos I expect canine loyalty and blind obedience from the British and the Spanish? NO: they know that they must work every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year of every decade of their reigns to earn and deserve the loyalty and respect of their citi...
by Teresa B
Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: GOP's Anti-Obama Campaign Started Night Of Inauguration

Maybe it's my turn to say that I don't get why this is not politics as usual, if perhaps vigorously pursued. This meeting did not initiate or anticipate birtherism, for instance. If they had said they planned a choreographed campaign of lies and innuendo, it might be a different matter. Yeah...sadl...
by Teresa B
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Next time you want to pick apart someone's reasoning
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: Next time you want to pick apart someone's reasoning

Excellent! Having occasionally used an argument that could be misconstrued as "middle ground", I would clarify that I would mean "middle way"-- not compromise, but implementing the Buddhist philosophy of noting that the so-called "two sides" of some argument are sometimes never going to be reconcile...
by Teresa B
Sat Apr 21, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Recordings of fortepiano music on original instruments
Replies: 42
Views: 6241

Re: Recordings of fortepiano music on original instruments

I've talked with a couple of pianists who've used both kinds of pianos, and they have interesting things to say about practical matters. (They're Robert Levin, who plays fortepiano in 18th century music and a Steinway for his other repertoire, and Jeffrey Kahane, who's only played a fortepiano a fe...