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by dulcinea
Thu May 18, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Curse Of Tone Deafness
Replies: 10
Views: 8134

Re: The Curse Of Tone Deafness

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: ??? The WIKI article on AMUSIA lists Pope Francis and Alphonso XIII along with Charles Darwin, John Dewey, US Grant, Theodore Roosevelt and WB Yeats as fellow sufferers of this ailment.
by dulcinea
Thu May 18, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Impact Of The Man From Votkinsk
Replies: 2
Views: 1748

The Impact Of The Man From Votkinsk

My first Prokofiev was the Disney cartoon of PETER AND THE WOLF; my second was the CLASSICAL SYMPHONY, courtesy of TIME-LIFE LIBRARY OF MUSIC. At that time I could not judge whether SP had accurately imitated Haydn because all I knew of FJH was the SURPRISE SYMPHONY and the Trumpet Concerto. Now tha...
by dulcinea
Tue May 16, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Curse Of Tone Deafness
Replies: 10
Views: 8134

The Curse Of Tone Deafness

The canonization of the two siblings of Fatima on 13 May was a grand occassion, what with all the people who attended the open air ceremony. :D Only one thing marred the event: the fact that HH Pope Francis is totally tone deaf and cannot tell the difference between, say, Schubert and Snoop Doggy Do...
by dulcinea
Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 17
Views: 12059

Re: THE STING

You have heard of Scott Joplin and ragtime, right?
by dulcinea
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE STING
Replies: 17
Views: 12059

THE STING

When I went with my family to watch Roy Hill's movie I was interested in the plot; I was not particularly concerned with the music. However, when the first notes of THE ENTERTAINER started, my hair stood up, my eyes popped out, and my blood ran up and down, and I and everybody else in the theatre st...
by dulcinea
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Every Time MUSIC CHOICE Identifies Grieg ...
Replies: 5
Views: 4533

Every Time MUSIC CHOICE Identifies Grieg ...

... as the BEST KNOWN Norwegian composer, I cringe, because that is an snide dig at the fact that Grieg is the ONLY Norwegian composer known to practically everybody--except the regular listeners of MC, who get to listen to Johan Halvorsen, who is entertaining enough, but definitely not the Sibelius...
by dulcinea
Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Top Problem Facing Lovers Of Musical Theatre:
Replies: 22
Views: 4951

Re: The Top Problem Facing Lovers Of Musical Theatre:

maestrob wrote:Then, I take it, you admire Donizetti's operas on the three queens, but not his Lucia di Lammermoor? Just asking.......
LUCIA has a great score, even though its Sextet has been used too often in Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies cartoons.
by dulcinea
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Top Problem Facing Lovers Of Musical Theatre:
Replies: 22
Views: 4951

Re: The Top Problem Facing Lovers Of Musical Theatre:

There is no better playwright than REALITY; only REALITY can get away with stories and characters that, if fictional, no one would believe them. It is because of Jeffrey Dahmer that the public accepts a character as outlandish and grotesque as Hannibal Lecter. If I could commission operas, I would r...
by dulcinea
Mon Feb 13, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Top Problem Facing Lovers Of Musical Theatre:
Replies: 22
Views: 4951

The Top Problem Facing Lovers Of Musical Theatre:

how do you explain to a neophyte the appeal of operas, operettas, musicals and ballets whose plots now seem silly, if not indeed outright ridiculous. EL TROVADOR=IL TROVATORE and LA FUERZA DEL SINO=LA FORZA DEL DESTINO have not aged well at all; if Verdi had not set those plays to music, they would ...
by dulcinea
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Question About Protocol:
Replies: 5
Views: 1716

Re: A Question About Protocol:

So what? President Eisenhower did not go to London for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth - in fact, I believe no American president has ever attended the coronation or funeral of an English monarch. Nations decide such matters not according to some ironclad rule of protocol but to serve the purpose...
by dulcinea
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Question About Protocol:
Replies: 5
Views: 1716

A Question About Protocol:

why doesn't the POTUS represent the USA at the state occasions of foreign countries? Heads of state, heads of government, members of royal families, and diplomats all outrank the VPOTUS, which means, for example, that it would be disrespectful to the USA's most steadfast ally to send the Veep to rep...
by dulcinea
Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump Win Triggers Cornell Cry-In, Play-Doh Sessions
Replies: 15
Views: 5120

Re: Trump Win Triggers Cornell Cry-In, Play-Doh Sessions

Naturally, the Journal would like to belittle liberally-oriented students as essentially children. Actually, for many twenty-somethings, Bernie Sanders rather than Hillary Clinton was their pied piper. But I can identify with their distress. Since Tuesday, I've had a strange feeling that this isn't...
by dulcinea
Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's This 100 Days' Jive???!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1484

Re: What's This 100 Days' Jive???!!!

Why do incoming US Presidents have to pretend that their country is in the middle of a Great Depression, and that they are reincarnations of Frank Rosenfeld? That's Roosevelt, unless you're being deliberately antisemitic. The point is that a new president has the most influence in Congress (if his ...
by dulcinea
Tue Dec 27, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's This 100 Days' Jive???!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1484

Re: What's This 100 Days' Jive???!!!

Why do incoming US Presidents have to pretend that their country is in the middle of a Great Depression, and that they are reincarnations of Frank Rosenfeld? That's Roosevelt, unless you're being deliberately antisemitic. The point is that a new president has the most influence in Congress (if his ...
by dulcinea
Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What's This 100 Days' Jive???!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1484

What's This 100 Days' Jive???!!!

Why do incoming US Presidents have to pretend that their country is in the middle of a Great Depression, and that they are reincarnations of Frank Rosenfeld?
I remember one POTUS--Carter?--being criticized for not paying obeisance to this meaningless superstitious ritual.
by dulcinea
Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Sanders Got One Of The Electoral Votes Of Clinton; ...
Replies: 1
Views: 1001

Sanders Got One Of The Electoral Votes Of Clinton; ...

... that naturally leads to the question of how the election might have turned out if the VT Senator had been the Democratic nominee. Incidentally, why is Mrs. C referred to by her first name, as if she were on a first name basis with all the 300 million inhabitants of the USA? Nobody refers to Obam...
by dulcinea
Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: AUS ITALIEN Played On MUSIC CHOICE On 10/XII/2016
Replies: 6
Views: 2574

Re: AUS ITALIEN Played On MUSIC CHOICE On 10/XII/2016

Mario Lanza had a big hit with an English translation that was not very accurate, and Pavarotti wowed his public with a stirring rendition of the original verse.
by dulcinea
Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Boult: Complete Elgar 19 CDs from Warner Classics
Replies: 6
Views: 2080

Re: Boult: Complete Elgar 19 CDs from Warner Classics

Do any of these collections include the completed 3rd Symphony and the 6th POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE, please?
by dulcinea
Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: AUS ITALIEN Played On MUSIC CHOICE On 10/XII/2016
Replies: 6
Views: 2574

AUS ITALIEN Played On MUSIC CHOICE On 10/XII/2016

How did Strauss commit the embarrassing faux pas of mistaking FUNI CULI FUNI CULA for an old folk song in the public domain, when in fact its authors were still very much alive and entitled to copyright money for the unauthorized use of their ditty?
by dulcinea
Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:40 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

One of the DID YOU KNOW? Beethoven trivia that MUSIC CHOICE displays on its CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES channel is THE FATHER OF BEETHOVEN WAS THE SON OF A COURT MUSICIAN.
That is the same as saying THE FATHER OF ELIZABETH II WAS THE SON OF A KING.
by dulcinea
Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: I First Heard The 1st, 2d, and 3d Symphonies Of CH ...
Replies: 7
Views: 3652

I First Heard The 1st, 2d, and 3d Symphonies Of CH ...

... in a 1970s collection that also included the MANFRED and the four Suites. That is all very charming music, every bit as agreeable as the 4th, the 5th, and the 6th Symphonies, so why were they neglected for so long? And, as long as we speak about the Giant from Votkinsk, which composers would you...
by dulcinea
Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE JUGGLER OF OUR LADY
Replies: 8
Views: 2856

Re: THE JUGGLER OF OUR LADY

Merci beaucoup for all your replies; I'll certainly try to get the MASSENET EDITION. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
by dulcinea
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: THE JUGGLER OF OUR LADY
Replies: 8
Views: 2856

THE JUGGLER OF OUR LADY

This opera used to be featured on the WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA roll of 50 most performed operas, but it has been out of circulation for quite a while. Is there at least a good recording that you would recommend, please?
by dulcinea
Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What Musicians Of The Past Would You Like To Meet?
Replies: 2
Views: 1604

What Musicians Of The Past Would You Like To Meet?

I would try to console Saint-Saens for the loss of his sons, and if possible try to reconcile him with his wife. On a more cheerful note, I would like to meet the Haydn brothers, and seek FJH's advice on how to attract the attention of a patron as knowledgeable as Prince Nicholas the Magnificent. It...
by dulcinea
Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Suppose Assad Won The Syrian War;
Replies: 2
Views: 1045

Re: Suppose Assad Won The Syrian War;

The problem with your solution is that it won't happen. Russia wants Assad to continue ruling Syria and is joining him in bombing the Syrian rebels while mostly leaving the Islamic State alone. Since no other Arab states have taken the rebels' part militarily, and the U.S. isn't going to unless the...
by dulcinea
Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Suppose Assad Won The Syrian War;
Replies: 2
Views: 1045

Suppose Assad Won The Syrian War;

what would he have accomplished? A country in ruins, and a citizenry so outraged and hungry for revenge that he would never have a moment of peace. If he asked my advice, I would urge him to leave Syria while he still can, and go under witness protection in Russia, as far away from the Arab world as...
by dulcinea
Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...
Replies: 52
Views: 23170

Re: My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...

It truly grieves me that even an innocent question about which choral work brings a smile to your face and tears of joy to your eyes is a cause for acrimony. :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( If acrimony is so well desired, I'll omit my original next question: which musicians would you like to meet if y...
by dulcinea
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...
Replies: 52
Views: 23170

My Favorite Choral Piece Is The ...

... HARMONIEMESSE, whose Kyrie I love so much that I always listen to it twice before moving on to the Gloria. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Which choral pieces are your favorites, please?
by dulcinea
Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...
Replies: 20
Views: 4024

Re: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...

"The Emperor Jones" was quite a success at the Metropolitan Opera with Lawrence Tibbett giving an astonishing performance in the title role. RCA Victor even recorded him in "Standin' in de Need of Prayer." But it has been very rarely revived and hasn't yet been recorded. http://www.cantabile-subito...
by dulcinea
Mon May 30, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...
Replies: 20
Views: 4024

Re: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...

An opera was made of MOURNING BECOMES ELEKTRA that was not successful; besides the musical based on AH, WILDERNESS, have other composers done versions of the plays of O'Neill and Williams?
by dulcinea
Sun May 29, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...
Replies: 20
Views: 4024

Re: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...

Now all that remains is to choose who will write the music for a miniseries of the whole book; whom would you propose? :D :D :D :D :D
by dulcinea
Sun May 29, 2016 12:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...
Replies: 20
Views: 4024

Re: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...

John F wrote:Rachmaninoff, "The Bells."
THE RHYMING AND THE CHIMING OF THE BELLS!: a very appropriate and logical choice.
by dulcinea
Sun May 29, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...
Replies: 20
Views: 4024

Re: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...

dulcinea wrote:Isn't there a musical version by Weber (?) of the Exemplary Novel LA GITANILLA=THE LITTLE GYPSY GIRL?
A ballet called PRECIOSA?
Also, have any of Poe's works ever been set to music?
by dulcinea
Sat May 28, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...
Replies: 20
Views: 4024

Re: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...

Isn't there a musical version by Weber (?) of the Exemplary Novel LA GITANILLA=THE LITTLE GYPSY GIRL?
by dulcinea
Sat May 28, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...
Replies: 20
Views: 4024

Shakespeare Is A Favorite Of Composers; ...

what other authors have received wide musical attention? For example, besides MAN OF LA MANCHA, the ballet based on the wedding feast of Camacho, and the operas by Telemann and Massenet, what music has been written about Cervantes? (and not only about DON Q!)
by dulcinea
Thu May 26, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There Is No Doubt That Stalin Was Not A Normal Man;
Replies: 12
Views: 2939

Re: There Is No Doubt That Stalin Was Not A Normal Man;

:) Curious about this, I've read some more and I was wrong - sorry, dulcinea and jbuck919. It is impossible to continue to argue ... that Franklin Roosevelt was merely naïve about the true nature of Stalinism during the Yalta Conference of February 1945, whereas Churchill was much more nuanced and ...
by dulcinea
Mon May 23, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There Is No Doubt That Stalin Was Not A Normal Man;
Replies: 12
Views: 2939

Re: There Is No Doubt That Stalin Was Not A Normal Man;

8.7 million Russian soldiers were killed in combat during World War II. Do you wish they had been American or English instead? I assume that you are not glad that they took the place of American and Commonwealth soldiers. They were fighting for Stalin, which means that they were sacrificing themsel...
by dulcinea
Mon May 23, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There Is No Doubt That Stalin Was Not A Normal Man;
Replies: 12
Views: 2939

Re: There Is No Doubt That Stalin Was Not A Normal Man;

You seem to forget that the U.S., the U.K. and Soviet Russia were allies fighting against Germany and Italy. It was the Soviet Union that suffered the greatest casualties and, by turning back Germany's invasion of Russia, made at least as great a contribution to winning the war as the other nations...
by dulcinea
Mon May 23, 2016 7:00 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There Is No Doubt That Stalin Was Not A Normal Man;
Replies: 12
Views: 2939

Re: There Is No Doubt That Stalin Was Not A Normal Man;

FDR and Churchill had very close contact with S; how come such knowledgeable shrewd politicians were deceived by such a barbaric charlatan, whom they even nicknamed Uncle Joe, a nickname the easily offended S regarded as an insult?
by dulcinea
Sun May 22, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: There Is No Doubt That Stalin Was Not A Normal Man;
Replies: 12
Views: 2939

There Is No Doubt That Stalin Was Not A Normal Man;

certainly someone who was always ready to detect a potential enemy in everybody he met had a very bad case of paranoia.
Would you say that the Gory Seminarian from Gori had Antisocial Personality Disorder, among other possible ailments?
by dulcinea
Sun May 22, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 9860

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

As far as I am concerned, there is nothing in 19th century religious works to equal the sublimity of the three Bruckner masses and his Te Deum . His numerous a cappella motets an d the 150th Psalm for orchestra and chorus are also wonderful . You need to get the recordings of these by the great Bru...
by dulcinea
Tue May 17, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 9860

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

As I remember, Weinrich and Helmut Walcha embarked concurrently on complete Bach recordings, and I believe both of them made it, though I don't know who finished first. Indeed, according to the Wikipedia article on Walcha, he recorded the complete Bach a second time, for stereo. Back then, I believ...
by dulcinea
Mon May 16, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 9860

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

jserraglio wrote:This one? Haven't heard it yet.

I heard it on PBS two decades ago, and have only a faint memory of how it sounded.
by dulcinea
Mon May 16, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 9860

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

How do you rate that Requiem Mass which Verdi wrote in collaboration with other composers, each participant assigned one section of the text?
by dulcinea
Sun May 15, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 9860

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

People with good intentions have an uncanny knack for wreaking unholy Hell. Ah, the voice of experience. ;) My mother's life was utterly ruined by people of good (???) intentions who talked her into a career as a teacher--a profession for which she was totally unsuited--, and into marriage with my ...
by dulcinea
Sun May 15, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 9860

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

People with good intentions have an uncanny knack for wreaking unholy Hell. Ah, the voice of experience. ;) My mother's life was utterly ruined by people of good (???) intentions who talked her into a career as a teacher--a profession for which she was totally unsuited--, and into marriage with my ...
by dulcinea
Sun May 15, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 9860

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

I am probably the only one here who understands the reference to Perosi. There is a universe of, well, crap that was written by Catholic composers in the 19th and earlier 20th century. It dominated ordinary parish liturgical music up to the time of Vatican II. After that. other kinds of crap took o...
by dulcinea
Sun May 15, 2016 9:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 9860

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

I am probably the only one here who understands the reference to Perosi. There is a universe of, well, crap that was written by Catholic composers in the 19th and earlier 20th century. It dominated ordinary parish liturgical music up to the time of Vatican II. After that. other kinds of crap took o...
by dulcinea
Sat May 14, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 9860

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

John F wrote:What on earth can you be talking about?
The reason why sacred art in general, and sacred music in particular, are so interesting to me. Once I had a dream of a Mass composed by me; it really surprised me to realize that JM Haydn had had such an impact on my imagination.
by dulcinea
Sat May 14, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century
Replies: 43
Views: 9860

Re: Tell Me About Sacred Music Of The 19th Century

Faure wrote his masterpiece for fun, not the Lord. Exactly. If she's looking for works by men of faith, good luck. Only Bach among the important composers would qualify in a dogmatic sense, and he remains a mystery for doltish adherence to dark orthodoxy in the middle of the shining glory of the En...