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by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 1245

Re: Hamlet

I am aware that Hamlet, the longest play ever written, is a conflation of sources, but it does work that way. I would not know what to cut for it to make sense in a modern performance. Give me that man that is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him in my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of heart, as ...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 1245

Re: Hamlet

OK I have it, and I'm still laughing myself silly over it. To be, or not to be, Ay there's the point, To Die, to sleep, is that all? Aye all: No, to sleep, to dream, aye marry there it goes, For in that dream of death, when we awake, And borne before an everlasting Judge, From whence no passenger ev...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 27
Views: 2844

Re: "Paradise Lost"

I know the film well; a drama teacher of mine from a theatre school I attended in 1970, Gillian Owen, was in a minor role as one of Marilyn's friends in that film. Olivier intensely disliked Marilyn Monroe and I think it shows in the film! And Paula Strasberg nearly drove him insane. Marilyn Monroe...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata
Replies: 6
Views: 713

Re: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata

Here is another Heilig, by Mendelssohn. Though Mark and others here undoubtedly know it, it is not commonly known. This performance is not perfect, but I could not find a better one on YouTube. I've sung it twice in my life, and in fact it is one of the reasons I have perfect German singing pronunci...
by jbuck919
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: andrew lloyd webber school of rock
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: andrew lloyd webber school of rock

John he may have a formula but it works for Sue and myself-we've seen phantom of the opera twice now over the years and really enjoyed it. This schoolof rock was quite imaginative and the kids energy was just a pleasure to watch. Len I saw the movie version of Phantom when I was in Germany, and I t...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: andrew lloyd webber school of rock
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: andrew lloyd webber school of rock

I'm not the only one here who detests Andrew Lloyd Webber. Chalkie calls him "Lord Ugly." (His father, BTW, Lloyd Webber, was a famous organist.) He is largely responsible for turning the whole business of musicals in the rock/pop direction. He has a formula, in which each of his musicals has one ba...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Noel Coward's Present Laughter
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: Noel Coward's Present Laughter

Interesting thing about Noel Coward. He was flamboyantly homosexual, but also a very good actor. You would never guess his basic orientation from his performance in the classy WW II propaganda movie In Which We Serve . Irrelevantly, I note that this is the post that took me past 26,000. Actually, I ...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 1432

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

The ISIS-inspired car attack in New York City was horrible. So is the more recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. And that was Christian-on-Christian crime. Seems like neither Islam nor Christianity has much claim on being a "religion of peace". These attacks happen with such regularity you ...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 1245

Re: Hamlet

The First Quarto is the short "Hamlet." (Also the most corrupt text: "To be, or not to be, I there's the point.") I've seen a performance of the uncut standard version and it ran about 4 1/2 hours at a pretty fast pace. Of course singing plus the orchestral bits take far longer than speaking the pl...
by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Prodigies
Replies: 17
Views: 973

Re: Prodigies

There will never be another Mozart. All the greatest composers were prodigies, but that was then and this is now. Prodigious talent is even rarer than absolute pitch. I don't even know where they would go these days to avoid total frustration.

by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata
Replies: 6
Views: 713

Re: CPE Bach Heilig Cantata

It is not that difficult a subject. Bach improvised a three-voice fugue on it for Frederick the Great, already an incredible accomplishment. Then he went home and wrote the greatest keyboard fugue of all time.

by jbuck919
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 2145

Re: The Reformation

Newton did mathematics and banned religion from the academy but in practice he also devoted an inordinate amount of time to theology and alchemy. Responding only to this part of your post, you are correct. Newton was a piece of work in many ways. His famous remark to Robert Hooke, "If I have seen f...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 1432

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

Can we just call a truce here please? We're talking about four valuable members. They should not be at one another's throats over something like this.
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 1432

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

I did not know where Chalkie lives, and am sorry for suffering endured at 9/11. But I strongly disagree that no one who lives in New York can be guilty of parochialism. A lot of New Yorkers - I do not accuse Chalkie of this - consider New York the centre of the universe and pay little attention to ...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 947

Re: World Series Games 7

But wait! There's more... You've got me pondering, Jbuck, as I try to avoid working. Baseball is the only team sport you follow. Is it not the case that baseball (like cricket) is only half a team sport because it is essentially a series of individual contests between two people (pitcher and batter...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 2145

Re: The Reformation

Look, guys, I taught in a Catholic school for ten years. I endured Mass on a regular basis. The local custom was open communion. I once saw a Jewish boy receive, which even I admit is just plain wrong. If the cardinal had been there (and he did visit the school a couple of times), he would have drop...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 1245

Re: Hamlet

barney wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:57 pm
Yes, it is indeed a lovely setting, and one which I did not know, so thank you.
The Gondwana Choir is an Australian group.
Yes, I thought you would appreciate that. :)
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 27
Views: 2844

Re: "Paradise Lost"

A director can get at least a passable performance out of an "actor" who can hardly act at all. Cf. Marilyn Monroe in "Some Like It Hot." I mean, all a movie actor has to do is "act" for a few seconds at a time, giving the director what he needs to create a performance that the actor never actually...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 20
Views: 1124

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

That's really interesting, John. I knew none of that. So what of the great Masses by the great composers - were the relevant sections also to be intoned? Obviously they were also to be sung? You remind me of how little I know of Catholic practice as it is actually performed - I'm an adult convert t...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 20
Views: 1124

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

I think you are missing my point, Len. By all means enjoy it if that's what you enjoy, and I have admitted that I like Puccini's operas (very much in fact), but this was not a high point in his compositional career. It may not have been his high point but as you say I can still derive much pleasure...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 2145

Re: The Reformation

It is very nice that the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church and the Roman Catholic Church in Germany now get along very well, a fact of which I have some personal experience, but all of this is an ingenious evasion of what is still an essential difference between them. If the two denominations want to ge...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 1432

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

Obviously a terrible event. But why should we respond to IS attacks in New York more than in Paris, Berlin, London, Kabul or Baghdad? And why is it worse than one deranged person shooting several hundred people in Las Vegas? There seems one essential feature here: New York is where Chalkie lives. I...
by jbuck919
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 947

Re: World Series Games 7

But wait! There's more... You've got me pondering, Jbuck, as I try to avoid working. Baseball is the only team sport you follow. Is it not the case that baseball (like cricket) is only half a team sport because it is essentially a series of individual contests between two people (pitcher and batter...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 20
Views: 1124

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

Puccini's Missa di Gloria, a perfectly awful work. Don't even bother with the YouTube unless you want to die from boredom. Thanks, I wasn't familiar with this work-started listening-wonderful-I'll be back to listen to the whole thing! Regards, Len I think you are missing my point, Len. By all means...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Hamlet
Replies: 23
Views: 1245

Re: Hamlet

Very interesting, but to my mind a musical setting of the greatest play ever written could be nothing other than a travesty. I can forgive Macbeth or even Othello because the operas are so great, but Hamlet? No, I'm just as happy I have never heard any of these. (I'm also reminded of an Anna Russel ...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 2145

Re: The Reformation

Yet the Roman Catholic Church has adopted many precepts of the Reformation, even if it came to them very late. I am thinking of such very important developments as the Mass in the vernacular from Vatican II, when the Church engaged in a new way. It no longer sells indulgences, either. I'm not sure ...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 20
Views: 1124

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

Hmm, upon first listening to the Puccini Messa di Gloria , I was entranced with some of the vocal numbers and, of course, had to have it on records immediately. I was much younger then and taken with works by major composers that were a bit off their norm. One performance featured a soloist who had...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 947

Re: World Series Games 7

More evidence to me of American insanity! :D Not least the arrogance of calling it the world series. Solipsism gone mad. The soccer world cup actually is a world event, it's just that Americans are not very good at it. And they're not much interested in things they don't win. Very interested in the...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Met's week: a stupid review
Replies: 20
Views: 1124

Re: The Met's week: a stupid review

I have a Puccini story. Don't know if I ever told it here. When I was in Germany, I visited a friend in Munich. Incredibly, she had taught at the same high school as I did in Maryland, and then moved back home. I wanted to go to a concert with her in this very musical city (she was very musical hers...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 1432

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

I apologize for being so humorless, but I cannot and will not take lightly being accused of countenancing murder. My reaction to the attack in NYC Is none of anybody else's business; furthermore, I resent being lumped together with ISIS fellow travelers simply because I choose to keep my feelings p...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 1432

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

OK let's lighten this up a bit. At Academic Bowl, we always go over the questions in a group, because I do make mistakes. One of the coaches had pics of his kids and said they were dressed as trolls for Halloween. I said, "Were they Russian trolls?" which got a huge laugh.
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 2145

Re: The Reformation

Martin Luther was a very problematic character. He didn't have to do what he did the way he did it. He initiated a series of religious wars of apocalyptic proportions. He has a lot to answer for in the afterlife, if there is such a thing. [Luther’s teaching is a] deadly poison. [We cannot] tolerate...
by jbuck919
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mother of us All Hudson Hall NY
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Mother of us All Hudson Hall NY

Just for the record, the small city of Hudson is not in the Hudson Valley, where I grew up. It is on the river, and has the last major bridge across it (the Rip van Winkle Bridge). It is a nifty town and I would not discourage anyone from visiting there, but it is nearly a two-hour drive for me, and...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Gidon Kremer in New York
Replies: 2
Views: 440

Re: Gidon Kremer in New York

at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. I never even heard of this venue. Regards, Len http://bacnyc.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-8Ot6d2f1wIVUJ7ACh2ecwi7EAAYASAAEgK5RvD_BwE And I never heard of the composer or that piece, though I have now listened to it and like it, and didn't know that Kremer is Latvian (it i...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid
Replies: 30
Views: 1432

Re: ISIS attacks NYC, nobody at CMG bats an eyelid

It is good to hear from you here again, Chalkie. We get a lot of posts about how awful it is from members like jserraglio. I have generally stopped posting that way or commenting because the situation under the current administration is too awful to spend much time contemplating, unless I want to go...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven
Replies: 19
Views: 1160

Re: Bernstein challenged on Beethoven

This was not "historical information," which in today's HIP is obtained from documents and statistics I adore your post, John, which exceeds even your usual erudition, but as a math teacher, let me ask you to be careful about how you use the word statistics. I know of no legitimate use of it in HIP...
by jbuck919
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mark Simon Music in New York
Replies: 9
Views: 1424

Re: Mark Simon Music in New York

Nevertheless, She Persisted has been performed again, this time in Silver Spring, Maryland, and I am able to present a video recording of it. The double bass (replaying a role given to it by Beethoven's 9th symphony) interrupts, rejects and "mansplains" the efforts of the cellos to express themselv...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Series Games 7
Replies: 21
Views: 947

Re: World Series Games 7

It's interesting (to me, anyway) that at Academic Bowl last night there was this poor kid dying to hear the inevitable World Series question. I hadn't gotten three words into it before he buzzed in with Houston Astros. Early buzzing in is essential to playing the game well, but in this case the ques...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 27
Views: 2844

Re: "Paradise Lost"

If you were trying to make a point by claiming that fugue and sonata have "the same form," undercutting my post about the form of the Sirens episode, I don't get it, and I still think you're mistaken. I was not trying to undercut anything. I have never read Ulysses to completion and don't know that...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 2145

Re: The Reformation

Chronology does not equate to causality . . . . . The U.S. has always been a predominantly Protestant country but the law of the land prohibits the establishment of a state religion, so we are officially neutral. In which Protestant countries did the Enlightenment flourish in the 18th century, its ...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 27
Views: 2844

Re: "Paradise Lost"

For the record, a fugue and a sonata-allegro movement have the same form Only in the most general terms. In a fugue, fugal counterpoint is obligatory (duh!), in sonata form not. In sonata form the tonal structure and movement is always definitive in that it defines the form, in fugue I don't think ...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A famous hymn
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Re: A famous hymn

I too am not aware of any hymns in current use with music written by Elgar. I have a vague feeling that someone adapted Nimrod for use, but that is not the same thing. Elgar's vision for religious music was on a grander scale. I suppose you're thinking of Gerontius. What has happened to Nimrod is t...
by jbuck919
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 2145

Re: The Reformation

I'm interested in how the Reformation changed music, as it had been the prerogative of the Catholic church up until Luther. Then came the Counter Reformation and the Council of Trent. Thoughts? Hierarchies have often struggled with music, and the more ornate the more problematic it seemed. Popes ba...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 2145

Re: The Reformation

I'm interested in how the Reformation changed music, as it had been the prerogative of the Catholic church up until Luther. Then came the Counter Reformation and the Council of Trent. Thoughts? You mean aside from the fact that the Council of Trent came very close to banishing Renaissance polyphony...
by jbuck919
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 2145

Re: The Reformation

It is absurd to think that we owe the Enlightenment and modern science to the religious reformers. All they wanted was to have Christianity their own way and not the pope's way. Martin Luther would not have cared about the difference between a black hole and a doughnut hole. The reason we had those ...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Reformation
Replies: 43
Views: 2145

Re: The Reformation

Not all Germans, I'm sure. Bavaria is largely Catholic, and there are many Muslims in Berlin and elsewhere. It might pass in some of the German states, but like Martin Luther King Day in the US, probably not nationwide. I agree in general, having lived in Bavaria for two years. The holidays they ob...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A famous hymn
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Re: A famous hymn

It's not quite clear to me which is Parry and which Elgar. I presume the second is the Elgar, the For All the Saints. I used to sing this at school assembly, when I wasn't skulking behind the bike sheds having a furtive fag (cigarette). The second is Vaughan Williams. To my knowledge, and I've been...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 27
Views: 2844

Re: "Paradise Lost"

I don't want to give the impression that I was an intellectual rebel in college, or thereafter for that matter. And I didn't know until this morning (via the Internet) what critics have said about the Sirens episode, only what Joyce said. Since I do know enough about music to tell the difference be...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A famous hymn
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Re: A famous hymn

This reminds me of All Saints' Day in Vienna when we lived there in 2011. It was a public holiday and we just happened to be catching the No. 6 tram from Margareten to Zentralfriedhof for the last time (unaware of the special nature of the holy day) because we were due back in Australia about 6 wee...
by jbuck919
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A famous hymn
Replies: 8
Views: 579

A famous hymn

Yes, I put this on the right board and you'll see why. Tomorrow is the Feast of All Saints, which is associated with a great and famous hymn, "For All the Saints." Early in the 20th century there was a contest to replace the insipid tune in the old English Hymnal with a better one. Two of the entran...