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by jbuck919
Sun May 08, 2005 7:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Does this make you feel sorry for Lynndie England?
Replies: 11
Views: 2646

Nope. It makes me feel sorry for the author who obviously hasn't learned a thing from the Nuremberg Trials and the concept of individual responsibility for one's acts. The lowest ranking person tried at Nuremeberg was a general. William Calley was a Lieutenant. I realize that those were war crimes ...
by jbuck919
Sun May 08, 2005 7:05 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Does this make you feel sorry for Lynndie England?
Replies: 11
Views: 2646

Nope. It makes me feel sorry for the author who obviously hasn't learned a thing from the Nuremberg Trials and the concept of individual responsibility for one's acts. The lowest ranking person tried at Nuremeberg was a general. William Calley was a Lieutenant. I realize that those were war crimes ...
by jbuck919
Sat May 07, 2005 2:04 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Early American Songs
Replies: 4
Views: 1292

Just yesterday wasn't it that you were talking about high school music meaning mainly your introduction to the Faure Requiem. This current post takes me back because of Billings and his (great fun for kids but otherwise pretty awful) I am the Rose of Sharon, a piece I can still sing in all four part...
by jbuck919
Sat May 07, 2005 1:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Brahms Vier Ernste Gesänge / Serious Songs
Replies: 2
Views: 912

Yes, the Schwanengesaenge of a composer of whom it is almost not an exaggeration to say that music died with him.

Only the text of the last song, "Wenn ich mit Menschen- und Engelzungen redete," is from the New Testament (1 Corinthians 13 to be exact).
by jbuck919
Sat May 07, 2005 9:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Physics of the Scale
Replies: 22
Views: 4426

Wow jbuck that is condescending. If you are trying to teach anyone, you could lose the roll eyes smiley . Cause if I were someone who didn't know what was going on and read that message, I would probably stop at the eye rolling. I am sorry if I gave the wrong impression to a newcomer. People who kn...
by jbuck919
Sat May 07, 2005 7:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Physics of the Scale
Replies: 22
Views: 4426

Supposedly, if memory serves me right, the sharp 4th comes up more often and sooner in the overtone series. If I am wrong someone please correct me. As I posted before, the first seven unique (ignoring octaves) notes of the overtone series spell the Lydian Dominant scale - 024679A if we use the bas...
by jbuck919
Sat May 07, 2005 5:06 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Hissing and Spitting Corner
Replies: 23
Views: 4859

Ralph wrote:I am NOT a geriatric poster. :cry:
Then what made you think I was referring to you? :twisted:
by jbuck919
Sat May 07, 2005 1:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Nietzsche and God-is-Dead
Replies: 33
Views: 5249

Philoctetes wrote:Oh, and ta.

I see there is no way to delete my account. So if you could kindly do that. I would be most happy.

So.. ta.
I hope it wasn't something I said.
by jbuck919
Sat May 07, 2005 12:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Nietzsche and God-is-Dead
Replies: 33
Views: 5249

I was thinking more Thomas J. J. Altheizer and William Hamilton, Radical Theology. I've always thought of Nietzcshe's views about god as more desperate than serious. I would say rather that his expression was rhetorical. He would not have felt the purely philosophic need to affirm what to him was a...
by jbuck919
Fri May 06, 2005 11:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Hissing and Spitting Corner
Replies: 23
Views: 4859

First, before Corlyss and Lance gear themselves up for another round, Michel is not the next Eric Anderson. Nothing he ever posted on GMG ever put me off, though I certainly did not agree with everything he said. Second, I don't think that the recent influx of GMG posters here has anything to do wit...
by jbuck919
Fri May 06, 2005 10:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Political insults à la canadienne
Replies: 2
Views: 1087

I hadn't known about the Canadian parliament, but I remember as a boy how shocked I was (and I still am) that our staid British brethren maintain such a circus and call it government. I still wonder how our own Congress keeps up its admirable facade of civility (was it specifically in response to ho...
by jbuck919
Fri May 06, 2005 3:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Physics of the Scale
Replies: 22
Views: 4426

Which is nonsense? As far as the Lydian Dominant scale (Lydian with a flat 7) it is often listed in Jazz scale catalogs as the overtone scale as the tones best approximate the series of partials for any given note. I am not claiming that this scale is somehow more "natural" than others, but some do...
by jbuck919
Fri May 06, 2005 3:20 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Physics of the Scale
Replies: 22
Views: 4426

A major scale with a raised 4th and flattened 7th is often purported to be the most "natural" as it most closely resembles the overtone series. As far as the Lydian Chromatic concept, I always understood it to be simply based on extended harmonies and avoiding the minor ninth in a Major 11th chord ...
by jbuck919
Fri May 06, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Physics of the Scale
Replies: 22
Views: 4426

What do you all think of George Russell's Lydian Chromatic concept (in general that the fourth note of the scale, sharpened, is more "natural" than the natural fourth. So for C Major: C D E F# G A B Instead of: C D E F G A B I think that if it's true then, as an ensrhinement of the tritone, it make...
by jbuck919
Fri May 06, 2005 12:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Could George W. Bush Be Right?
Replies: 27
Views: 5266

Yep, we already did enough for Germany. :lol: I assume I should take that as a comparison and not a jab, since I am, in case you didn't know, American. I'm reminded of the movie The Mouse That Roared in which a country goes to war with the US just to reap the benefits when it is defeated. I guess I...
by jbuck919
Fri May 06, 2005 11:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Could George W. Bush Be Right?
Replies: 27
Views: 5266

When you ask "could Bush be right"?, what are you asking if he is right about? If the question is, will the Mid-East be better off because the US went into Iraq and removed Saddam, I think the answer is yes. Moreover, since I think that part of the reason for the rise in Islamic fundamentalism has ...
by jbuck919
Wed May 04, 2005 3:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: All right, what would you miss?
Replies: 19
Views: 4246

Ralph wrote:Anything I would miss I just don't leave or give up. I teach a seven-week summer course and I do miss that unavoidable gap between mid-July and late August when I have no classes.
Undoubtedly you need the money. :wink:
I'm very boring. :)
So was Bach. By their fruits shall you know them.
by jbuck919
Wed May 04, 2005 3:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: All right, what would you miss?
Replies: 19
Views: 4246

Peanuts roasted and salted in their shells. I can't think of anything else. Aren't you the one who keeps talking about living somewhere besides the US? Forgive me if I'm wrong. FLy over here sometime during the school year. We'll have a chat. I mentioned it a few times. You may be confusing him wit...
by jbuck919
Wed May 04, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: All right, what would you miss?
Replies: 19
Views: 4246

Haydnseek wrote:Peanuts roasted and salted in their shells. I can't think of anything else.
Aren't you the one who keeps talking about living somewhere besides the US? Forgive me if I'm wrong. FLy over here sometime during the school year. We'll have a chat.
by jbuck919
Wed May 04, 2005 1:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: All right, what would you miss?
Replies: 19
Views: 4246

You, if you aren't going to be connected while you're gone. Do try to drop in occasionally. How sweet of you. :oops: There's a computer everywhere. Last year I drove my mother crazy by spending so much time online, even though I was paying for it. Without that access, I would never have this job.
by jbuck919
Wed May 04, 2005 1:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Coming Soon-The Confirmation Battle That Matters!
Replies: 17
Views: 3782

I think it might be worth pointing out that the most important liberal justice of modern times, William Brennan, who is famous for giving Earl Warren the nickname "Superchief," predicted (correctly) that Rehnquist would be a fine chief justice as a leader of the court. I don't love the idea of Clare...
by jbuck919
Wed May 04, 2005 12:41 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: All right, what would you miss?
Replies: 19
Views: 4246

All right, what would you miss?

It's only six weeks till school is out. Then I linger a bit longer to wrap things up (a department chair has to leave things in a ready state for the fall) and make a significant tourist trip to Berlin, and then I'm off for my six week vacation back in the States. I'll have my home base with my moth...
by jbuck919
Wed May 04, 2005 9:51 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Physics of the Scale
Replies: 22
Views: 4426

Thanks, Mark. I realize that does not exactly support my position that variations from equal temperament are more trouble than they can possibly be worth, but I would still post that excerpt over on the pipe organ list--if it had not now grown to something like ten pages of posts on this topic alone...
by jbuck919
Tue May 03, 2005 2:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: "World Premieres?" Who Cares?
Replies: 22
Views: 3997

Do let me know when you have the slightest idea how anything like art can arise out of any popular "musical" idiom. Do you think jazz is not art? And I question the premise of your last sentence, which implies that we're trying to convert an audience of Philistines. The point is to nourish the need...
by jbuck919
Tue May 03, 2005 1:54 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: "World Premieres?" Who Cares?
Replies: 22
Views: 3997

Do let me know when you have the slightest idea how anything like art can arise out of any popular "musical" idiom. You didn't mean that really, did you? The list of "classical" works arising out of folk songs and popular dances is very long indeed. Oh, I wasn't referring to an earlier era. Diegobu...
by jbuck919
Tue May 03, 2005 1:29 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: "World Premieres?" Who Cares?
Replies: 22
Views: 3997

I think that unless someone redefines music beyond recognition with regard to its Western tradition, we've had all the great composers we're ever going to have (not the same as saying all the good ones). The question is, how do we make room for modern creativity in the creation of music in the clas...
by jbuck919
Tue May 03, 2005 1:13 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Supreme Court to Review Military Recruiting Campus Issue
Replies: 11
Views: 2598

I think we might want to throw in, in case anyone is in doubt, that the military justice system is a very worthy context in which to practice law. Everyone I have know who is associated with JAG has had wonderful things to say about it. That is definitely not the issue here.
by jbuck919
Tue May 03, 2005 11:07 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: "World Premieres?" Who Cares?
Replies: 22
Views: 3997

Underlying the thinking in this article is the assumption that a new generation of great composers whose works will endure could be or eventually will be discovered and that the world premiere game is hindering this process. I do not agree with that assumption. I think that unless someone redefines ...
by jbuck919
Tue May 03, 2005 7:38 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Supreme Court to Review Military Recruiting Campus Issue
Replies: 11
Views: 2598

At an annual meeting, the issue of the Solomon Amendment was debated and a very large majority of schools agreed that compliance was unavoidable because the loss of funds would directly cripple teaching and student opportunities, So the body voted for a requirement that schools that allow military ...
by jbuck919
Tue May 03, 2005 6:45 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: North Korea Plans to set off Super EMP Bomb
Replies: 41
Views: 5846

Ralph wrote:It's illegal to set off an EMP bomb in New York State.
Probably wouldn't be a problem in Utah, though.
by jbuck919
Mon May 02, 2005 8:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: As the UN sinks slowly in the west . . .
Replies: 9
Views: 2109

Re: As the UN sinks slowly in the west . . .

they have decided to ally themselves with North Korea in demanding that the US give up its nuclear arsenal as a "show of good faith." What do you expect of an organization that has diplomatic immunity to New York's stringent no-smoking laws? We have to keep the UN. Can you imagine the nightmare if ...
by jbuck919
Mon May 02, 2005 8:06 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Forget Avian Flu, Organ Leprosy Threatens to Invade U.S.
Replies: 13
Views: 2794

Surely you don't mean you're suffering from organ leprosy too? :shock: It must be very nasty... :oops: ***** Yes, especially when I'm in Avery Fisher Hall where there is no organ. I can live with major concert halls (not to mention opera houses) not having an organ, as long as they resign themselve...
by jbuck919
Mon May 02, 2005 7:45 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Lance ... testing from a different computer!
Replies: 11
Views: 2711

MaestroDJS wrote:
Ralph wrote:There will be two men coming to see you at about 11PM.
Messenger: "There's a man outside wants to see you with a black moustache."
Groucho Marx: "Tell him I've got one."
-- The Cocoanuts, 1929
And at the hour I am up typing this (insomnia), I should be shooting an elephant in my pajamas.
by jbuck919
Mon May 02, 2005 7:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Crazy Person Pat Robertson's Latest
Replies: 18
Views: 4282

Well Robertson is right, to be fair, that the Supreme Court activists have taken America away from the past consensus that Separate But Equal is constitutional, that women's rights are whatever a state desires them to be and that criminal defendants have few real protections from often overzealous ...
by jbuck919
Mon May 02, 2005 7:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Supreme Court to Review Military Recruiting Campus Issue
Replies: 11
Views: 2598

Re: Supreme Court to Review Military Recruiting Campus Issue

A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit disagreed. It voted 2-1 to bar enforcement of the Solomon Amendment pending a full trial because of a "reasonable likelihood" the law would be found unconstitutional. In its decision, the 3rd Circuit cited a 2000 Supreme Court ruling that allowed the Boy Scout...
by jbuck919
Mon May 02, 2005 7:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Physics of the Scale
Replies: 22
Views: 4426

Someone recently pointed out to me that Bach's well tempering is not equal tempering. I wonder about that (tell me, if anyone knows) .... I don't absolutely know, but I vaguely recall liner notes indicating that well tempering was not strictly equal, so that different keys did not yield [ the same,...
by jbuck919
Mon May 02, 2005 12:16 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bayreuth, by gosh (from your correspondent in Bamberg)
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

Did Levine conduct at Bayreuth? Oh yeah. He's been a regular for a while now. I vaguely remember hearing that Parsifal is his specialty. I also discovered that this is a "Ringless" year. It seems that productions of the Ring last five years and then are retired. They then take a year off while the ...
by jbuck919
Mon May 02, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Laura “Diller” Bush
Replies: 9
Views: 2125

Ralph wrote:Mrs. Bush's monologue was an incredibly effective launching point by the Christian Right to position her to run against Hillary in '08. I may not like the prospect but, wow, did it show political savvy. :D
Fortunately New York can import its senators but not its voters.
by jbuck919
Mon May 02, 2005 10:13 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bayreuth, by gosh (from your correspondent in Bamberg)
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

To answer two questions, there is no gift shop (I'm not kidding), and yes, we saw the "other" opera house. I checked their concert schedule when I first got here and was quite disappointed. You'd think one the the last remaining 18th century theatres would have all sorts of things going on. (It was ...
by jbuck919
Sun May 01, 2005 2:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Good news about declining domestic violence in UK
Replies: 3
Views: 1327

There are a lot of questionable things about the chart. Do you mean the fact that the two statistics do not diverge until 1997 and then do so emphatically? Is there some kind of gun control thing going on here?
by jbuck919
Sun May 01, 2005 12:00 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: The Physics of the Scale
Replies: 22
Views: 4426

The pipe organ list comes back to the topic of tuning again and again as though equal temperament was still open to question. It is some sort of fundamentalist thing based on the notion that if old keyboard instruments were once tuned differently (and with an organ, once you choose your basic tuning...
by jbuck919
Sun May 01, 2005 11:46 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: Chretien's Legacy: A Conservative Government for Canada
Replies: 8
Views: 2097

I'd be a lot happier if the strategic planm for Canada contained in the Articles of Confederation materials actually came to pass. It is astonishing how much of history depends upon what happened militarily in a single day. It is so hard for us to imagine how great matters were decided in such a po...
by jbuck919
Sun May 01, 2005 10:32 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: What was Bush thinking?
Replies: 14
Views: 3064

Have you seen Fahrenheit 9-11?
by jbuck919
Sun May 01, 2005 9:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: NYC a Leader in Innovative Adult Education
Replies: 2
Views: 1093

Re: NYC a Leader in Innovative Adult Education

Ralph wrote:During a short break for bagels and coffee....
This is undoubtedly the key to the success of the program, as well as New York's general superiority in most matters.
by jbuck919
Sun May 01, 2005 5:29 am
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Bayreuth, by gosh (from your correspondent in Bamberg)
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

Bayreuth, by gosh (from your correspondent in Bamberg)

I almost put this on the concert review board with the title 4'33'' in Bayreuth (meaning of course that I did not get to hear anything there). Yes, I finally made the 30-mile drive due east and toured both the opera houses there. It took the prompting of a friend to get me to do it. (Then she insist...
by jbuck919
Sat Apr 30, 2005 5:30 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: I who never like to bother with going to concerts
Replies: 7
Views: 1870

Re: I who never like to bother with going to concerts

have just bought my first ever ticket to a live in the flesh baseball game! I'm going to see the Salt Lake Stingers, a AAA club for the Anaheim Angels. I have wanted to see AAA ball for years. The one time I managed to get myself to a game in Stafford county Va., it was rained out. We don't get muc...
by jbuck919
Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:48 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: First the Vatican organist, now this
Replies: 7
Views: 2376

I wonder how many US visitors to St Peter's recognise Neo Eboracum in the floor... For those who don't get it or were afraid to ask, Neo Eboracum is Latin for New York. In a flight of whimsy that still makes no sense to me, the floor of the Basilica of St. Peter's is adorned with the limit marks of...
by jbuck919
Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Heartbreak of the Shallow Bench
Replies: 15
Views: 4159

Generally, New Yorkers don't like carpetbaggers. The late Senator Buckley was a conspicuous exception but I don't think Weld can be sold here. Er, there have been a couple of other carpetbagger senators. Robert Kennedy, as Werner points out, and, um, the current one of the distaff side. Still, the ...
by jbuck919
Fri Apr 29, 2005 2:28 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Classical Music Chatterbox March-August 05
Topic: Need help finding some suitable music
Replies: 2
Views: 1136

I am probably the only poster here who as played the organ for a number of weddings that approximates his age times ten. You have not given us quite enough information to go on. Please pm me and I will employ the Socratic method by way of offering what I can. And if you love classical music, stay wi...
by jbuck919
Fri Apr 29, 2005 2:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED Corner Pub March-August 05
Topic: The Heartbreak of the Shallow Bench
Replies: 15
Views: 4159

Does anybody know why Rudi nixed the job? Rudolph Giuliani is not a well man. His illness, reported at the time as prostate cancer (and I have no reason to think it is anything else) is what kept him from running again for mayor of New York. Every time I seem to be saying things that must be obviou...