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by dulcinea
Tue Oct 27, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: WONDER OF WONDERS! MIRACLE OF MIRACLES!
Replies: 7
Views: 2251

WONDER OF WONDERS! MIRACLE OF MIRACLES!

For the very first time ever, the Mustelids have played MESSIAEN! However, holding true to their proud tradition of disappointing all those who want to know the modern and contemporary scene really well, the slithering critters chose a totally uninteresting piano nothing that sounded like bad Ravel....
by dulcinea
Mon Oct 26, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Do You Look Forward To The Colonization Of Space?
Replies: 7
Views: 1979

Do You Look Forward To The Colonization Of Space?

It would be wonderful for small countries such as my Puerto Rico to have Earth-sized planets all for themselves! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D You know that there are many Russians, such as Putin, who still regret the loss of all the former Soviet republics that declared their independence, despite ...
by dulcinea
Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Shakespeare in Modern English?
Replies: 14
Views: 6093

Re: Shakespeare in Modern English?

The problem with the English language is that there is no English equivalent of the Academies that set up the proper standards for French and Spanish. The Spanish of Cervantes is much easier to read than the English of Shakespeare thanks to the work of the Real Academia de la Lengua, which makes su...
by dulcinea
Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...
Replies: 14
Views: 8216

Re: The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...

piston wrote:I forgot the operettas, also very much out of vogue today, and the bulk of opera production too! It's amazing how much the opera repertoire is narrow when compared to the repertoire for orchestral works and chamber music. Delius wrote three operas.
Just as I suspected: the weasels sell Delius short.
by dulcinea
Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...
Replies: 14
Views: 8216

Re: The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...

One more point. During their life time, these composers we love were also appreciated for their art songs and their choral music and they wrote a lot of it. It so happens that these two genres are out of vogue in our own life time. Unless you've got Dawn Upshaw championing your music, this sort of ...
by dulcinea
Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...
Replies: 14
Views: 8216

Re: The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...

What would you play if given an hour or two per day of programming on that radio station? What would you consider a wake up call for your listeners? Because the mustelids repeat so often I know by heart everything they play at least once every month, such as the Delius warhorses I quote, so all I w...
by dulcinea
Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...
Replies: 14
Views: 8216

The Weasels Just Played BRIGG FAIR, ...

... which is no surprise, since Delius is one of their favorite limeys. As I'm sure you have already guessed, the mustelids keep playing the same half dozen pieces over and over, which is no fun, since, unlike Beethoven--whose symphonies are so varied it's hard to believe they were all written by th...
by dulcinea
Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Shakespeare in Modern English?
Replies: 14
Views: 6093

Re: Shakespeare in Modern English?

The problem with the English language is that there is no English equivalent of the Academies that set up the proper standards for French and Spanish. The Spanish of Cervantes is much easier to read than the English of Shakespeare thanks to the work of the Real Academia de la Lengua, which makes sur...
by dulcinea
Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is There A Ballet Of ...
Replies: 4
Views: 2936

Re: Is There A Ballet Of ...

Strauss and Krauss didn't allow for the possibilities in modern dance. Today, when "Das Lied von der Erde" and the St. Matthew Passion have been choreographed by major ballet companies, nothing is off limits. Can you imagine how gut wrenching it would be to watch the last cello solo, where Don Q di...
by dulcinea
Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is There A Ballet Of ...
Replies: 4
Views: 2936

Is There A Ballet Of ...

... the DON QUIXOTE of Strauss?
by dulcinea
Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Weasels Are Now Playing LIEUTENANT OTHER NAMES, ...
Replies: 6
Views: 3255

Re: The Weasels Are Now Playing LIEUTENANT OTHER NAMES, ...

I'm terribly concerned that much of the public of WSMR-FM have not outgrown the easy listening light classics, such as KIZHE and the CLASSICAL, and if they ever try anything more demanding, such as P's Fifth, 'tis only because they have already heard it several times before.
by dulcinea
Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Weasels Are Now Playing LIEUTENANT OTHER NAMES, ...
Replies: 6
Views: 3255

The Weasels Are Now Playing LIEUTENANT OTHER NAMES, ...

... a lightweight piece of nothing that is far from being the best that Prokofiev produced.
Meanwhile, apart from the CLASSICAL and the Fifth, they hardly ever acknowledge his symphonies, which I have in my CD collection; not very considerate of them. :x :x :x :x :x
by dulcinea
Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder
Replies: 163
Views: 50067

Re: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder

A writing class received the assignment of composing an story that included RELIGION, ROYALTY, SEX, and MYSTERY.
The student who earned top grade did it with an nine word haiku:
My God,
the queen
is pregnant!
Who did it?
by dulcinea
Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: UnsungMasterworks ...
Replies: 10
Views: 5325

Re: UnsungMasterworks ...

What, am I the only one here who surfs YOUTUBE? :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
by dulcinea
Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: UnsungMasterworks ...
Replies: 10
Views: 5325

Re: UnsungMasterworks ...

Well, my dear, I haven't seen you write positively about 20th century composers very often. Who do you like from that whole century? R Strauss lived until 1949, and wrote some of his best works in the concluding years of his life, so he counts as a 20th century composer. Everybody of the 20th centu...
by dulcinea
Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: UnsungMasterworks ...
Replies: 10
Views: 5325

Re: UnsungMasterworks ...

You're asking for the [nearly] impossible: to rediscover your favorite 19th-century composers in the 20th century. For my part, when I get too much 19th-century romanticism in my music listening life, I go "spoon barf." Why do you insist on finding your aesthetic taste in a century that had no plac...
by dulcinea
Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: UnsungMasterworks ...
Replies: 10
Views: 5325

Re: UnsungMasterworks ...

Today I listened to a symphony by Bloch, and can't say that I enjoyed it; it was technically brilliant--it even had a fugue at the end--, but it had absolutely no melodic content or interest. Yesterday I listened for the first and last time to Tournemire; his music struck me as crushingly monotonous...
by dulcinea
Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: UnsungMasterworks ...
Replies: 10
Views: 5325

UnsungMasterworks ...

... is one of the most interesting contributors to YOUTUBE. He publishes videos of composers who are now obscure, including symphonies by none other than Furtwangler and Bruno Walter. While some pieces by such as Enescu and Raff are interesting enough, the majority I have heard so far strike me as p...
by dulcinea
Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dudamel Op Ed on Venezuela
Replies: 5
Views: 1507

Re: Dudamel Op Ed on Venezuela

'tis truly shameful how the chavistas have profaned the sacred name of Bolivar, just as Hitler profaned Frederick the Great and Bismarck, and Stalin profaned Aleksandr Nevsky. :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x
by dulcinea
Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ODE TO JOY
Replies: 9
Views: 1792

Re: ODE TO JOY

What personal contexts does the Ode have for each of you? One of my most embarrassing memories is that, when I was on the pilgrimage of the Holy Year 1975, myself and others sang the CANCION DE LA ALEGRIA, and the priest who accompanied us DIDN'T RECOGNIZE THE TUNE, ONE OF THE TEN MOST FAMOUS IN TH...
by dulcinea
Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ODE TO JOY
Replies: 9
Views: 1792

Re: ODE TO JOY

What personal contexts does the Ode have for each of you? One of my most embarrassing memories is that, when I was on the pilgrimage of the Holy Year 1975, myself and others sang the CANCION DE LA ALEGRIA, and the priest who accompanied us DIDN'T RECOGNIZE THE TUNE, ONE OF THE TEN MOST FAMOUS IN TH...
by dulcinea
Sat Sep 19, 2015 4:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ODE TO JOY
Replies: 9
Views: 1792

ODE TO JOY

The Ode has been used in many contexts, such as in HELP!, where it is used to calm a restless tiger. What personal contexts does the Ode have for each of you? I myself cherish the memory of a pop song of the end of the 1960s that was a paraphrase of the text and tune: ESCUCHA, HERMANO, LA CANCION DE...
by dulcinea
Sat Sep 19, 2015 4:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: It Started With A Coronation March By Walton
Replies: 4
Views: 1599

It Started With A Coronation March By Walton

How do you rate the music of the Second Elizabethan Era?
The favorite music of the queen is marches.
by dulcinea
Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder
Replies: 163
Views: 50067

Re: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder

An elderly man bursts into a priest's study and says, " I've got to tell you this. I'm 90 years old and for the seventy years I've been married I never cheated on my wife. Then this sweet thing moved in next door and since then --wow!" "How long has it been since your last Confession ?" asks the pr...
by dulcinea
Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My Xmas Gift For Ye
Replies: 1
Views: 600

My Xmas Gift For Ye

On September 2014 I sent to Mr. Hill copies of my illustrations so he could show them to you. Could you please show him how to post them in the website? If you like them I will send more for next Christmas.
Many thanks in anticipation, Dulce
by dulcinea
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Urgently Need Legal Advice, Please
Replies: 3
Views: 943

Re: I Urgently Need Legal Advice, Please

I like Len's suggestion. No one here could or should offer you legal advice over this medium, and that would include anyone trained as a lawyer (of which we used to have several). On top of that, this is not the first time we have heard this story from you. The situation has become untenable; it ca...
by dulcinea
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: I Urgently Need Legal Advice, Please
Replies: 3
Views: 943

I Urgently Need Legal Advice, Please

After I had recovered from the shock of my stepfather's death on 10 September 2012, I was overjoyed. At last I was free from the oppression of that fiend who had dedicated his life to ruining mine! Then on 25 January 2013 I discovered that he had reincarnated in his younger daughter: on that dreadfu...
by dulcinea
Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Swan Song-s Of Stravinsky:
Replies: 11
Views: 2457

The Swan Song-s Of Stravinsky:

which Stravinsky would you rate as equivalent to the JUPITER Symphony, THE MAGIC FLUTE, and the Requiem; the London Symphonies, THE CREATION, THE SEASONS, and the last sextet of Masses; and the Choral Symphony and the Missa Solemnis?
by dulcinea
Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Graveyard photos: Russia's great composers
Replies: 14
Views: 8244

Re: Graveyard photos: Russia's great composers

... the next generation, the so-called "Silver Age," with many of them having witnessed the Revolution. Many of these stones are much more modest and the last of them presents an opportunity for a little quiz of possible interest to Len: http://i754.photobucket.com/albums/xx185/myquesta/Cemetery%20...
by dulcinea
Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Per Favore! !Por Favor! Pretty Please With Sugar On It!
Replies: 20
Views: 2573

Re: Per Favore! !Por Favor! Pretty Please With Sugar On It!

One of the delights of YOUTUBE is reading the frank and spontaneous exchange of opinions that accompanies each video. In a post to a setting of the Requiem, a poster says that he made a friend listen to that piece, and then guess who its author was; the friend guessed Mozart. It was the Requiem in c...
by dulcinea
Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Per Favore! !Por Favor! Pretty Please With Sugar On It!
Replies: 20
Views: 2573

Re: Per Favore! !Por Favor! Pretty Please With Sugar On It!

Is there a website for a music station that takes particular interest in choral music?
I particularly appreciate choral music with soloists who add color to what could easily become a monotonous sound.
by dulcinea
Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Per Favore! !Por Favor! Pretty Please With Sugar On It!
Replies: 20
Views: 2573

Per Favore! !Por Favor! Pretty Please With Sugar On It!

The weasels only play two kinds of choral music: very boring contemporary a cappella pieces that would drive Palestrina and Victoria to drink, and Baroque pieces at the 1000-1400 hours Baroque show on Sundays. Other than Youtube, which I peruse every day, where would you recommend a passionate lover...
by dulcinea
Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: French Chamber Music
Replies: 18
Views: 8192

Re: French Chamber Music

What about Milhaud?
The weasels pretend to admire him for his productiveness and success as a teacher, but all they play of him are trivial little pieces that are monumentally forgettable. :( :( :( :( :( :x :x :x :x :x
by dulcinea
Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: cato in utica
Replies: 2
Views: 816

Re: cato in utica

The mustelids should be reminded that more than half of the music of AV is NOT concerti.
by dulcinea
Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: French Chamber Music
Replies: 18
Views: 8192

French Chamber Music

Today's 7PM Masterpiece was the string quartet in F that is Ravel's most famous example of chamber music. It's a pleasant work, but I doubt that it deserves comparison with those of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Bartok. As you have already guessed: which French composers wrote truly outstanding quar...
by dulcinea
Tue Aug 11, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's In A Name? A Heck Of A Lot!
Replies: 11
Views: 2690

Re: What's In A Name? A Heck Of A Lot!

Interesting topic. Salinen=Solomon? Who knows? My own name, Brosseau not uncommon in Québc, is archaic and meant something like "person who lives in the wooded or brushy area." It is a peasant name, as one might expect of an immigrant line. So what about Quijano, the Lorenzo being obvious? :) Quija...
by dulcinea
Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's In A Name? A Heck Of A Lot!
Replies: 11
Views: 2690

Re: What's In A Name? A Heck Of A Lot!

Esa means ASA, king of Judah, not exactly as famous a biblical character as Peter. It would have been ideal to name him for David, the composer of the Psalms.
by dulcinea
Sat Aug 08, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's In A Name? A Heck Of A Lot!
Replies: 11
Views: 2690

Re: What's In A Name? A Heck Of A Lot!

Salonen is a Finnish surname and is fairly common in Finland. The name means "old forest", deriving from the Old Finnish word "Salo." Some proper names can be translated with engines such as "Google translate" because they are also used as common names (e.g., Smith, Carter, Baker). Most of the time...
by dulcinea
Sat Aug 08, 2015 7:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's In A Name? A Heck Of A Lot!
Replies: 11
Views: 2690

What's In A Name? A Heck Of A Lot!

I am so fascinated by words that every day I read my RAE and Webster's dictionaries in order to learn new words. The most intriguing of words are, of course, proper names; I would love to find a place in Google or WIKI that translates names into English and, hopefully, Spanish. Have you ever wondere...
by dulcinea
Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: PATHETIQUE Symphony, Opus 74
Replies: 9
Views: 2490

Re: PATHETIQUE Symphony, Opus 74

In one of his early appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin addressed the audience before conducting the Pathetique. Among other observations, he reminded the audience that the third movement, despite its big finish, is not the final movement. His intent was to forestall a...
by dulcinea
Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: PATHETIQUE Symphony, Opus 74
Replies: 9
Views: 2490

Re: PATHETIQUE Symphony, Opus 74

In one of his early appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin addressed the audience before conducting the Pathetique. Among other observations, he reminded the audience that the third movement, despite its big finish, is not the final movement. His intent was to forestall a...
by dulcinea
Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY
Replies: 15
Views: 4445

Re: ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY

Well, I've got wall stacks full of CDs of pop, classic rock, vocals, country....not to mention a little comedy & novelty. Makes me wonder how I'll keep it all now that I've got a move coming up one of these months. (And then there're all those records and cassettes and DVDs to ponder!) Myself, I gr...
by dulcinea
Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: PATHETIQUE Symphony, Opus 74
Replies: 9
Views: 2490

PATHETIQUE Symphony, Opus 74

Quite frequently the Allegro Molto inspires such enthusiasm in the audience that they forget concert protocol and applaud before the orchestra can get on to the Adagio. Has there ever been a case of the public getting so overjoyed with the third movement that the conductor decides to end the perform...
by dulcinea
Sat Aug 01, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY
Replies: 15
Views: 4445

Re: ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY

I still like the music I listened to in my teens and 20's, including (but not limited to) the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Santana and many others. I wouldn't go to a rock concert (hurts my ears, among other negatives) but my car radio is occasionally tuned to a "classic" rock or "oldies" st...
by dulcinea
Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY
Replies: 15
Views: 4445

Re: ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY

John F wrote:I've never cared for popular music, and '50s rock 'n' roll least of all - mind-deadening stuff.
Mind murdering is a fit way to describe the mush-ic of those castrati trios of the 1950s.
by dulcinea
Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY
Replies: 15
Views: 4445

ROCK AND ROLL IS HERE TO STAY

I have deduced that the oldest among you are my contemporaries: late 1940s to early 1950s. That means that you grew up together with rock and roll. What was your experience with that musical phenomenon? When I was born, pop music in Puerto Rico was at a very low ebb. With a very few bright spots, su...
by dulcinea
Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder
Replies: 163
Views: 50067

Re: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder

Improvement on a joke of Al Jaffee. A businessman is sitting at the desk of his office. The desk has a plate with his name: Zoroastro Zorobabel Sorozabal. The door bears his name: Zoroastro Zorobabel Sorozabal. There is even his portrait on the wall, with a nameplate that clearly says: Zoroastro Zor...
by dulcinea
Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Really Got Me Obsessed With Haydn
Replies: 2
Views: 1155

What Really Got Me Obsessed With Haydn

It started in 1971 with the Surprise Symphony and its funny slow movement, the Trumpet Concerto, THE CREATION, and the PAUKENMESSE. The latter motivated me to listen to all the Mass settings of FJH, finally arriving at the MISSA CELLENSIS, of which the University of Puerto Rico had a print from DEUT...
by dulcinea
Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder
Replies: 163
Views: 50067

Re: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder

A representative of Hasbro and other games' companies is drumming up business. At a retirement home, he sets his attention on a gentleman who, from the beginning, warns him that he is not interested. Since that is a common response, the representative is undeterred. He starts by proposing card games...
by dulcinea
Sat Jul 11, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Puerto Rican debt becomes unmanageable
Replies: 11
Views: 2853

Re: Puerto Rican debt becomes unmanageable

The result of the Greek referendum today reminds us that when they are seriously in debt people are not particularly rational. It looks like Greece is being led by a populist leftist whose only strategy is to dare Europe not to bail them out, like a tenant who has not paid rent in six months dares ...