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Post by Ralph » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:51 pm

Werner wrote:Okay, gentelemen - ready for the next "meetup?"
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I certainly am.
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Post by Lance » Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:35 pm

Okay - where's WERNER? Hopefully he will coordinate things in the great fashion he did for Meet-Up No. 1. We shall try to tie down a MONTH, first.
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Post by Werner » Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:23 am

I'm here!
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Post by karlhenning » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:22 am

Depending on timing, I'm there.

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Post by Lance » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:24 pm

Great! It's nice to see your happy, smiling face, Werner. Where do we begin. Do you want to take a POLL on the MONTH first, then we can tie it down to a weekend that is convenient for most everyone. We shall talk on the telephone!
Werner wrote:I'm here!
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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by HoustonDavid » Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:58 pm

Lance, back to the topic of CMG members and personalities. Great stuff and most interesting. I know many of your sign-on names from previous years of posting and find your personal details thoughtful and provoking, so I'll get us back on subject with a personal portrait of myself.

I am male, of course – David is one of the oldest names in recorded history and is only “changed” occasionally to suit a more feminine persuasion. My sign-on name is HoustonDavid because I live there and my friends (and lady friend) call me David. I was once a “Dave”, but age has matured me into a “David”.

I’m sure there is more than one Houston, but I live in the Texas one which the natives (I am only a recent émigré) have nicknamed the “Bayou City” because we have lots of bayous (what a coincidence!).

I studied piano and clarinet as a youngster and studied voice with my mother who was a wonderful singer and a life-long director of musical choirs, large and small. I have sung in such (amateur) groups for most of my adult life, although the pipes have lost their range and (sadly) quality as I reach my 70’s.

My mother’s family were some of the founding members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in the early part of the last century (woodwinds). My father’s family consisted of his adopted mother, who was a gifted violinist in the Seattle area, playing past her 90th birthday!! and my grandfather who made violins and violas and sea-going sailboats Now we call that multi-tasking, then it was scrambling for a living.

As some of you might remember, I joined CMG back in 2004-2005 (don’t remember now). I was quite active for a couple of years, then got too busy with work and family. I tried reenlisting back in 2006 but got bogged down with a complex cataloging project for my 800+ DVDs and 1200 or so CDs (small by some CMG member standards). My CDs are evenly divided between Classical (including Opera) and practically everything else, especially Jazz.

I worked as a technical writer in the nuclear power, then information technology fields for the last 35 years and retired a couple of years ago to live near my two sons here in Houston. I also have a daughter in British Columbia, Canada.

Since it is Veterans Week, I must mention a four-year hitch in the U.S. Marine Corps as an intelligence analyst (yes, I know it is an oxymoron). I joined voluntarily in 1959 and became former (never ex) shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis and the beginning of the Vietnam War, in 1963. I am proud to have been part of both and salute all of my fellow veterans who served their country in “interesting times.”
"May You be born in interesting (maybe confusing?) times" - Chinese Proverb (or Curse)

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Post by Lance » Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:03 am

Dear David (can we call you that?), first of all a big FAT welcome back to CMG. You have given us a good view of you and your life thus far and I hope you have many more wonderful years and can enjoy music all the rest of your years. By today's standards, nearing 70 is not considered "old" any longer. Music is the best medicine in the world for just about anything. (Of course, don't give up on any doctors you might be seeing!) We are looking forward to your participation. You have a substantial collection of 1200 CDs (probably ever-growing) and 800 DVDs. It sounds as though you are a true lover and collector of great music.

That said, I think you will enjoy visiting CMG on a regular basis. I should forewarn you that we also have our Corner Pub and unless you wear underwear made of thick IRON, you should not enter those doors. We seem to endure a lot of aggravation there. Our Pub is for any subjects other than classical music, i.e. politics, religion (two subjects most consider "no-nos,") ice cream, food, the price of eggs, the economy, etc., et al. We also have a new forum for films and movies. And if you take in concerts/recitals, you can relate your thoughts about them in that forum, not to mention fine comraderie (for the most part). It's all FREE. All we ask is for friendly participation.

You are a VET, and are to be thanked for your duties in keeping America the great nation we are, so THANK YOU for your time and efforts on your fellow American's behalf. It is YOU we salute. Please enjoy your time on CMG to the fullest and don't be afraid to post - often!
HoustonDavid wrote:Lance, back to the topic of CMG members and personalities. Great stuff and most interesting. I know many of your sign-on names from previous years of posting and find your personal details thoughtful and provoking, so I'll get us back on subject with a personal portrait of myself.

I am male, of course – David is one of the oldest names in recorded history and is only “changed” occasionally to suit a more feminine persuasion. My sign-on name is HoustonDavid because I live there and my friends (and lady friend) call me David. I was once a “Dave”, but age has matured me into a “David”.

I’m sure there is more than one Houston, but I live in the Texas one which the natives (I am only a recent émigré) have nicknamed the “Bayou City” because we have lots of bayous (what a coincidence!).

I studied piano and clarinet as a youngster and studied voice with my mother who was a wonderful singer and a life-long director of musical choirs, large and small. I have sung in such (amateur) groups for most of my adult life, although the pipes have lost their range and (sadly) quality as I reach my 70’s.

My mother’s family were some of the founding members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in the early part of the last century (woodwinds). My father’s family consisted of his adopted mother, who was a gifted violinist in the Seattle area, playing past her 90th birthday!! and my grandfather who made violins and violas and sea-going sailboats Now we call that multi-tasking, then it was scrambling for a living.

As some of you might remember, I joined CMG back in 2004-2005 (don’t remember now). I was quite active for a couple of years, then got too busy with work and family. I tried reenlisting back in 2006 but got bogged down with a complex cataloging project for my 800+ DVDs and 1200 or so CDs (small by some CMG member standards). My CDs are evenly divided between Classical (including Opera) and practically everything else, especially Jazz.

I worked as a technical writer in the nuclear power, then information technology fields for the last 35 years and retired a couple of years ago to live near my two sons here in Houston. I also have a daughter in British Columbia, Canada.

Since it is Veterans Week, I must mention a four-year hitch in the U.S. Marine Corps as an intelligence analyst (yes, I know it is an oxymoron). I joined voluntarily in 1959 and became former (never ex) shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis and the beginning of the Vietnam War, in 1963. I am proud to have been part of both and salute all of my fellow veterans who served their country in “interesting times.”
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Post by HoustonDavid » Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:37 pm

Lance:

Thank you for the hearty "Welcome Aboard", I'm certainly glad to be back again. The term "Leatherneck" refers to the high-neck collar made of leather fronted with cloth appliques worn as part of the original Marine uniform (as well as the uniforms of other services). It seems to have stuck as a nickname for the Marines. It will probably stand me in good stead when I venture into the wild and wooly realms of the "Corner Pub".

Actually, I've been there in the past and have "hung around" there fairly regularly, so I know what I'm getting into. Love the give and take and some of the rather sharp jabs, but not the bickering. Glad you stepped into the swirling negativity around our absent Corlyss. She and I exchanged Christmas greetings a few years ago; I will not forget the pictures of the Christmas snow around her home in Utah. Hope she comes back soon as a contributor.

Thanks again for your welcome.
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Post by Kuhlau » Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:00 pm

Hi David

A welcome also from me (another returning member, after an absence of about three years). :)

Just wanted to say that your signature is one of my all-time favourite proverbs. I'm not Chinese, but I've found myself using this saying on folks who've proved frustratingly disagreeable. :lol:

Look forward to chatting with you, sir.

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Post by HoustonDavid » Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:39 pm

Thank You Friedrich (if I can use the familiar):

That proverb is particularly apropos of us “older” folk who started out in the Depression, lived through World War II and Korea, participated in Vietnam and the Cold War, suffered through McCarthy (and Bush 2), switched from Frank Sinatra to Elvis, watched in horror as Jack, Bobby, and Martin died, and saw the first man elected President based not on the color of his skin but on the quality of his character. Maybe now, we too have seen the mountaintop. Chicago sure felt that way Tuesday night. “Interesting times…”

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Post by living_stradivarius » Tue Nov 11, 2008 6:43 am

Lance wrote:[I should forewarn you that we also have our Corner Pub and unless you wear underwear made of thick IRON, you should not enter those doors.
I have an extra pair. Any takers? :lol:
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Post by Lance » Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:44 pm

Are they AT LEAST size 60? :lol:
living_stradivarius wrote:
Lance wrote:[I should forewarn you that we also have our Corner Pub and unless you wear underwear made of thick IRON, you should not enter those doors.
I have an extra pair. Any takers? :lol:
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Post by absinthe » Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:50 am

As I've said elsewhere, the Corner Pub isn't a place I'd enjoy a drink. To someone looking for a little conviviality and friendly chatting I imagine it's a bit like entering a pub in Glasgow while wearing a 3-piece business suit but being barefooted and broken glass all over the floor. However, it's worth sticking one's head round the door on occasion (and being ready to duck) if only for entertainment. The usual customers are so very serious and vehement. A lightening of the mood is a tough mission, a sin in itself you'd think! Humour in this pub will get you on people's ignore lists.

So armour is definitely the choice unless you can run.



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Post by living_stradivarius » Thu Nov 13, 2008 8:43 am

Lance wrote:Are they AT LEAST size 60? :lol:

Lance, your confidence alone provides more than sufficient protection. :lol:
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Post by Madame » Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:14 am

Lance wrote:My, my - people are really curious about this thread. We've had 571 hits on this thread and only a little more than a 10% response rate as of 1:15 a.m. EDT, October 14th, 2008. That's not a very good showing. Please admit that you're reading these responses and are already feeling a closer connection to your fellow CMGers who have responded. We are even finding out who is male and female, and we're getting real names to call our friends here. So, please join in if you haven't already! And thanks to those who have contributed.
Lance, you're starting to sound like a carnival barker with ticker tape :) :)

So, when are YOU going to contribute? <if you already have and I missed it, I'm ducking right out of here>

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Post by Werner » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:36 am

What can I say?
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Post by HoustonDavid » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:54 am

Madame:

Perhaps he is waiting for you. In the days of good manners, it was always "ladies first".
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Post by Istvan » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:57 am

I am as my name indicates. My age I prefer to forget. I started the piano at six and lasted two years. "I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I do play with great feeling." Apart from all the standards, though not adventuring much past Britten, I love Hungarian Folk music (no, not what they play in restaurants). Franz Liszt is the most fascinating musical personality for me. I enjoy visiting the former homes of composers and/or their graves. I was very glad when the CD came on the scene as I hated all the problems with clicking LPs and sticking cassettes with their awful sound.
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Post by karlhenning » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:16 am

Welcome, István!

Cheers,
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Post by Madame » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:41 am

HoustonDavid wrote:Madame:

Perhaps he is waiting for you. In the days of good manners, it was always "ladies first".
<hanging my head and digging my toe in the dirt> well ... ok :wink:

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Post by Madame » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:24 am

• are male or female Female
• What do your friends call you? Colleen
• what country you reside in USA
• study music -Not formally, I took two class piano lessons in college, I practiced playing hymns and worked on one classical piece (Schubert's Serenade), then my mom sold my piano :) I hope to take some voice lessons to improve my breathing and strengthen my 'bluesy' voice.
• are a performing/practicing musician Does Karaoke count?
• collect records [CDs or LPs] -- I have about 500 CD's, don't buy many nowadays
• are a composer or teacher No
• anything else you might like us to know about you
I grew up in the greater Seattle area and wouldn't live anywhere else. I had a career in corporate accounting and finance, but probably would have been happier in the medical field. I have two grown children. I love quiet, working on my computer art, daydreaming, puttering around. I also like to visit with good friends, but I'm not crazy about large social gatherings, noisy chatter, purposeless meetings, I'd rather stay home. I don't drive far or often -- my 2001 Camry only has 35,000 miles. I enjoy community and professional theatre, special symphonies (P.D.Q. Bach at Seattle Philharmonic, for example), pinochle, an occasional foreign film, rousing guitar music (Duane Eddy, for example) and favorite artists like Bobby Darin and Nana Mouskouri. My all-time favorite classical piece is Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto (Emperor) -- I've listened to it so many times that, had I stayed with my piano lessons, I probably could play it without a score. :wink: I eat simply, but like going out occasionally for Greek, Japanese, or Dim Sum. I hate: liver & onions, lamb, lima beans, olives, raw onion, marinara sauce; I love: garlic, sauerkraut, jicama, watermelon, spaghetti sauce made the right way <g>, baby carrots. I loved to dance at one time, but have back and leg problems that keep me from getting too rambunctious :) Two years ago I had the thrill of taking a hot air balloon flight with a special friend, I'll never forget it.

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Post by Chalkperson » Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:06 pm

What a wonderful post Colleen...love the culinary dislikes...I too went up in a Hot Air Balloon, I cannot qute describe the peaceful and serene experience, or the thud that happens when you land, of course you can never know quite where you are going to land either... :D
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Post by Seán » Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:37 pm

A lovely post Colleen, I feel like I know ya. :wink:
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Post by HoustonDavid » Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:59 pm

Colleen:

Thank you for a most interesting bio. I was born and raised in Port Townsend (across Puget Sound from Seattle for you east coast denizens and other non-residents) and lived in Seattle during much of the War. My mother’s parents had a lovely home on Boylston Avenue across from Seward Elementary School. I went to 1st Grade there during the War and remember the Air Raid Drills. Of course, the I-5 rolls right through there now. Grandmother had to sell it for eminent domain. Last time I drove I-5 the red bricks of Seward were still there as was Seward Park where my father played tennis. You have interesting tastes in food and music (love P.D.Q. Bach – must add him to my collection, but is he classical or popular or just plain funny?).

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Post by Madame » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:39 am

David: When anyone says Seward, I automatically think of the south end of Seattle and when you said Boylston, I REALLY got confused, I knew it was a north end street and that neighborhood was chewed up by I-5. So, in my sleuthing, I ran across this article about Seward Elementary you might enjoy: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?Di ... le_Id=3244 .

I lived downtown 1961-62 while the World's Fair hubbub was underway, and there was no freeway, but I liked the city a lot better then. After work I'd change clothes and walk around, clear down to 2nd & Pike (unthinkable today), stop for a French dip sandwich at this cool eatery on 4th & Pine (seating was in a huge square around the cooking area), wander back up to 5th and window shop, sometimes go the library, sometimes to the USO (I was a member). Do you remember when the Red Arrow reserve unit from Wisconsin was called up and sent to Fort Lewis? We did a special party for them, Gov. Gaylord Nelson arranged for a big wheel of Wisconsin cheese to be shipped out, we had a drawing for a free phone call home, a whole lot of other things -- 4 showed up. Didn't stop to think most of them were married and hardly interested in a USO bash :)

I LOVE Port Townsend, I'd like to live at the beach side and never leave!

As to P.D.Q. -- he's irreverently classical, definitely funny, extremely popular. I was crying at times, I was laughing so hard, as were most people in the audience. The performance was held in the Great Hall (former sanctuary) at the Town Hall, once the Christian Scientist church, on 8th and Seneca. I think a live performance is best -- you might like this DVD:
P.D.Q. Bach in Houston - We Have a Problem! (2006), available new for around $10 through Amazon Marketplace.

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Post by HoustonDavid » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:26 pm

Colleen:

Loved that Stan Boreson clip, which everyone should check out even if you don't know who he is, especially if you're "of a certain age". Didn't know he was still kicking and apparently still married to the same lady!! For you out-of-towners, Boreson was a Seattle local children's programmer in the early days of television who had a quiescent (drugged?) Bassett Hound who slept on top of his piano through the entire show. I learned from that that Bassett Hounds are naturally lazy, which is the exact opposite of their nature, much to my cousin's regret many years later.
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Post by barney » Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:30 am

I not only went up in a hot air balloon, I've been paragliding (that's towed from a speed boat, not hang-gliding for which I doubt I'd have the nerve) and bungee jumping. With that death-defying leap I showed that I was a macho superhero with the requisite iron underwear to visit the corner pub, which someday I intend to do. But I get enough insults on my own blog to fancy more for the sake of it.

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Post by Kuhlau » Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:14 am

barney wrote:But I get enough insults on my own blog to fancy more for the sake of it.
And the URL is ... ?

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Post by mnmleung » Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:40 pm

Male, 43 years of age, living in Brisbane, Australia.
My friends call me Ming. Well, they used to call me Mark, but a few years ago, there were 6 people called Mark on our project at work. I thought I'd use my Chinese name instead.

I play the piano for our local church. 7am service on a Sunday. I accompany my wife and her friends at the odd concert / function. I also sang at some local choirs but this year, we have a little boy. I find him far more fun than rehearsals, I'm afraid.

I collected LPs from secondhand stores and have some CDs also. I record our concerts, rehearsals and some radio broadcast using MDs. I would like to know how to "centralise" all this and iTunes and be able to listen in various parts of the house. Need to google and ask questions, I guess.

I have only done some stand-in teaching for my own teacher years ago. There is one person who would like lessons from me recently. We'll see in the new year. He is a very enthusiast doctor and I would rather he went to my own teacher, K, because K is so much more experienced in teaching and performing...

I learned some Russian language while I was at university in the UK, studying mathematics. I have forgotten most of it but am excited every time someone brings a Russian piece for me to accompany.

I have lately joined a group of camera collectors. I am the baby of the group, have the smallest number of gear. I enjoy taking photos with older film cameras. The group is aptly called Cameraholics.

Plants do not survive anywhere near me. I love eating seafood and fruit. Actually, make it most food ...

Ming
Ming, Brisbane, Australia : )

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Post by karlhenning » Sun Dec 28, 2008 8:10 pm

Welcome, Ming!

Cheers,
~Karl

PS/ Sorry to hear that about the plants!
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Post by Richard Mullany » Sat Jan 03, 2009 6:19 pm

Male, 81,Smoky Mountains,CD's, about 3000, mostly the core repertoire plus a bit of fluff like cd's of old acoustic records, and now because of that 81 years old part I can't recall the other questions. I'm also afraid that I am become an old windbag so I guess I am done. I love this forum for its diversity and I am part of an old group who went through several forums that faiiled and we washed up on these shores

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Post by Werner » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:00 pm

Windbag my eye, Richard! Us octagenarians must stick together!
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Post by Richard Mullany » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:17 am

I never dreamed I'd be around this long Werner or I would have altered my personality a long time ago.
Yesterday I was listening to Handels Concerti Grosssi Opus six.
I fell into a reverie about how many hours I had spent doing just what I was doing then; listening, all atwitter because I enjoyed music so much that every day was spent playing a record or two, in another world. And that activity began when I was a pre teen; I had an old wind up Victrola and a lot of scratchy records. I wonder what I could have been doing besides that, out and about perhaps, mingling with the throngs. BUt, like Barry noted in another thread, I just never could get into standing around acting interested in something that was boring the pants off me.
So a life spent somewhat aloof from follopwing or leading, I listened to music, read anything I could find, tore things apart to see how they worked or wandered the rural area we lived in with my dog, Boots. I have never found being alone with myself unnerving. I spend weeks without seeing anyone when my wife is busy; besides when I'm alone I can play my music loud.
Well, see what I mean about being an old gasbag? I think I'll go
listen to the third cd of the the Handel Opus six.

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Post by ChrisX » Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:11 pm

• are male or female?

Male

• What do your friends call you?

My full name is Christian but most people and friends call me Chris

• what country you reside in

the Netherlands

• study music - if so what instrument

No studying but I do play: orchestral percussion (mostly untuned) as part of a wind orchestra and as a member of a percussion ensemble.

• collect records [CDs or LPs]

Cd's definetely, I appreciate the art of LP covers but love the ease of use of Cd's. Loathe downloads, love to have a physical product in my hands.

• anything else you might like us to know about you

Well, I am 39 years, single, have a nice job at a company where I am responsible for almost the entire invoicing of the company and ever since I was a small kid I am fascinated by music. As someone who was born in 1970 musically I am a child of the 80s but my initial interests went back to the 70s under a bit of influence of my older brothers record collection. From very early on I did have a fascination for the more out-there musics and as such dived headlong into the music of Mike Oldfield, Pink Floyd, Genesis, King Crimson, Yes etc. (i.e. what we nowadays call the progressive rock movement of the 70s and their offshoots) but also the electronic / synth pioneers from the 70s: Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream. In the early 90s I discovered that the prog rock movement wasn't dead at all but alive and kicking all over the world albeit more 'underground' and released through a plethora of independent record labels. I got involved with local radioshow covering that music, forged friendships with people within that scene and went to hunderds of gigs (and still do when time permits). Together with a very good friend of mine we actually ended up going to concerts in the UK and even to various festivals in the US.

From very early on I did seem to have no problem with music that wasn't structured in what was deemed the normal way (i.e. the popsongs of the day) so it wasn't a surprise for me that I would gravitate to classical music at some point. One of the first recordings that really touched me was a recording of Dvorak's 9th Symphony under the baton of Ferenc Fricsay. And although I have heard several recordings since then, that one is the only one that does it for me (and I am glad it is still available as part of DG's Original series.... bought it just a few days ago and am eagerly awaiting its arrival since I was able to sell an earlier incarnation on cd for quite a nice price).

So, what classical music do I listen to then mostly? Well, I have a huge interest in late 19th century, first-half-of-the 20th century music AND as I am a bit of an Anglophile I have a tendency to gravitate towards that. Malcolm Arnold has been a huge discovery of 2008 for me, Arnold Bax rugged symphonies are also wonderfull. Probably my favourite classical piece is Vaughan William's Tallis Fantasia of which the recording conducted by Barbirolli on EMI is just radiantly magnificent.

When it comes solo instrumental music or chamber music I have discovered that I need an 'artist' that opens up the composer for me. Example: I had heard some Bach over the years (who hasn't at one time heard the Goldberg Variations for instance?) but it was only after I heard a radio broadcast of a performance by Angela Hewitt that Bach's keyboard music truly started to speak to me. Yes, it is played on a modern piano but I just can't stand the sound of a harpsichord and her playing just makes total sense both sonically and musically. Another performer that has opened me up in a major way is violinplayer Hilary Hahn. She not only opened the door to violin concertos for me but also to composers like Barber and Schoenberg.

Oh uhm.. one thing: I have a tendency to ramble on a bit :oops:
Chris
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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by Kuhlau » Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:45 pm

ChrisX wrote:So, what classical music do I listen to then mostly? Well, I have a huge interest in late 19th century, first-half-of-the 20th century music AND as I am a bit of an Anglophile I have a tendency to gravitate towards that. Malcolm Arnold has been a huge discovery of 2008 for me, Arnold Bax rugged symphonies are also wonderfull. Probably my favourite classical piece is Vaughan William's Tallis Fantasia of which the recording conducted by Barbirolli on EMI is just radiantly magnificent.
Hi Chris :D

Great introduction. I'm particularly excited to see that you love late 19th/early 20th century music - that's my musical centre of gravity, too. And especially British music (but then, I'm biased, being English :wink: ).

So, you love the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, eh? Then I've got a treat for you.

This is a link to a recording (not commercially available) of that fine work, made by Sir Andrew Davis and the strings of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It was captured in Gloucester Cathedral - the place where the original version had its premiere - and the performance is, for my money, the finest out there. Davis recorded another version some years earlier with the same forces (available on Apex), and while that one is very good and certainly worth owning, this one tops it, IMO.

Enjoy. :)

FK

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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by ChrisX » Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:20 pm

Kuhlau wrote: So, you love the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, eh? Then I've got a treat for you.

This is a a recording (not commercially available) of that fine work, made by Sir Andrew Davis and the strings of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It was captured in Gloucester Cathedral - the place where the original version had its premiere - and the performance is, for my money, the finest out there. Davis recorded another version some years earlier with the same forces (available on Apex), and while that one is very good and certainly worth owning, this one tops it, IMO.

Enjoy. :)

FK
Wow... and enjoying it I do. Thank god I have pretty good speakers connected to my computer. Too bad this one isn't available commercially because it would give the Barbirolli a good run for its money although that still is a very special recording as well.
Why wasn't this Davis / BBC SO recording released especially when it was recorded at Gloucester Cathedral? That in itself would be a major selling point I guess.

[wow, what a gorgeous cello solo was that]
Chris
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Post by Kuhlau » Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:51 pm

Glad you liked it, Chris. :D

Here's the story: the BBC made a television series back in the late 1990s and this recording came as part of that broadcast - so, presumably, there should also be footage of the players at work (it'll be hidden away in the BBC archives, no doubt). The only reason this version ever made it onto CD was because it featured as a freebie on the cover of BBC Music magazine some years ago. But as for a commercial release, this has never happened. And I agree, that's a big shame. So whenever I get the chance to evangelise about this recording and share it with others, I take it. :lol:

Never heard the Barbirolli interpretation, though. What am I missing by way of comparison? :?:

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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by ChrisX » Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:09 pm

Kuhlau wrote:Never heard the Barbirolli interpretation, though. What am I missing by way of comparison? :?:
Oh, I am not so good at that such a thing but here I go: Barbirolli recorded it at Temple Church in London so it is also recorded at a quite acoustically reverbant venue but I bet not as much as Gloucester Cathedral. Nevertheless, the orchestra is also spatially divided but probably not as extreme as in the Davis recording. Have to say though that the Davis recording is extremely well made and inner detail doesn't seem to get lost in the glowing sound. That is also the case with Barbirolli but maybe there is a tad more finer detail audible.
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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by Kuhlau » Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:49 am

ChrisX wrote:
Kuhlau wrote:Never heard the Barbirolli interpretation, though. What am I missing by way of comparison? :?:
Oh, I am not so good at that such a thing but here I go: Barbirolli recorded it at Temple Church in London so it is also recorded at a quite acoustically reverbant venue but I bet not as much as Gloucester Cathedral. Nevertheless, the orchestra is also spatially divided but probably not as extreme as in the Davis recording. Have to say though that the Davis recording is extremely well made and inner detail doesn't seem to get lost in the glowing sound. That is also the case with Barbirolli but maybe there is a tad more finer detail audible.
Thanks for this, Chris. :wink:

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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by Bellelettres » Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:39 am

• are male or female [female]
• sign-on name AND what do your friends call you? [Bellelettres. My friends call me Ann.]
• what country you reside in [USA]
• study music - if so what instrument [piano when I was a child; I stopped playing when I heard my first play]
• are a performing/practicing musician [not unless you count singing around the house]
• collect records [CDs or LPs] [Both, and I'm miffed at one "remastered" CD: the Toscanini "La Boheme." I'm exceedingly disappointed because in remastering, they removed Toscanini's humming along with the arias.]
• are a composer or teacher [No.]
• said anything else you might like us to know about you [I'm losing my hearing, and I now hear music imperfectly. But I've still got it in my head. I regret that I can't hear the new singers. Some years ago, I invited people to my house once a month to hear my opera recordings or theirs. It was a great experience. I had speakers all over the house. At an intemission, one friend stalked into the room from the kitchen and said, "Your cat is sitting on my libretto!"]
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Post by karlhenning » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:05 pm

Delighted that you are part of the forum, Ann!

Cheers,
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Post by Bellelettres » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:37 pm

Thank you, Karl. This is a lively group.
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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by ChrisX » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:46 pm

Bellelettres wrote: • said anything else you might like us to know about you [I'm losing my hearing, and I now hear music imperfectly. But I've still got it in my head. I regret that I can't hear the new singers. Some years ago, I invited people to my house once a month to hear my opera recordings or theirs. It was a great experience. I had speakers all over the house. At an intemission, one friend stalked into the room from the kitchen and said, "Your cat is sitting on my libretto!"]
First things first: welcome. Being a relative newcomer here I can say that this is one of the most civilized, respectful online forums I have encountered. Very knowledgeable people as well and a lot of them very interested in sharing their knowledge.

Sorry to hear about your hearing loss. It is something that I have always been very mindful of (using specialized earplugs when I play or attend pop/rock concerts) so hopefully I won't have those problems in the future. I wouldn't be so sure if I would find live worth living without being able to listen to music.
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Post by Bellelettres » Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:03 pm

Thank you, Chris. I'm finding the group very congenial and interesting. I lurked for a while before I applied to join, so I expected it to be this good.

Before I became unable to hear the tones in music, I would have thought that loss would be devastating. Music has always been a very large part of my life. But now that it's gone, I still have it in a way. It's in my molecules. Voices and instruments are in my molecules.
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Post by ChrisX » Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:11 pm

Bellelettres wrote:Before I became unable to hear the tones in music, I would have thought that loss would be devastating. Music has always been a very large part of my life. But now that it's gone, I still have it in a way. It's in my molecules. Voices and instruments are in my molecules.
Well yeah, almost anyone here might have that as well. There are certain pieces of music that I don't have to hear again from dics because I can literally play them with all the instruments and voices in my head. Simon & Garfunkel's album Bridge Over Troubled Water for instance has been ''stamped" in my head since my childhood and the same can be said of Jeff Wayne's Musical version of The War Of The Worlds. With classical music I think it might be a bit tougher for me because it hasn't been as big a part of musical life so far. However Ferenc Fricsay's recording of Dvorak's 9th Symphony might one of the first candidates.
Chris
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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by kairos » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:57 pm

I am a female and my name is Sharyl. Residence is USA and I am not a musician or composer, simply a music lover. I was born in the windy city of Chicago and spent my childhood years there. I was then transplanted to Phoenix, Arizona for my teen years. That was a bit of a "soul shock" probably akin to relocating from the North Pole to hell. I have spent all of my adult years in the "Never Never Land" of Los Angeles, California. My life's work has been as a kindergarden teacher in a Waldorf school and I am very committed and dedicated to Waldorf philosophy and curriculum. I have a 35 year old son, a 23 year old son and a 21 year old daughter. I enjoy classical music of course, and healthy food (which in my world also includes Ben & Jerry's coffee heath bar crunch ice cream.) Poetry is a love, with Robert Frost, Rilke and e e cummings among my favorites. I am very fond of solitude although I am quite happy to be in the company of a good friend strolling through botanical gardens. I appreciate the beauty and practicality of the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 1900s, including Greene & Greene architecture and also that of Frank Lloyd Wright. I am slightly addicted to fine fountain pens, dip pens, beautiful paper and lovely colors of bottled ink. And in closing I just want to say that it has been a pleasure reading the shared information in this thread of some of the other CMG board members. It is a pleasure being a part of this little virtual village.

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Post by Madame » Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:05 am

kairos wrote:I am a female and my name is Sharyl. Residence is USA and I am not a musician or composer, simply a music lover. I was born in the windy city of Chicago and spent my childhood years there. I was then transplanted to Phoenix, Arizona for my teen years. That was a bit of a "soul shock" probably akin to relocating from the North Pole to hell. I have spent all of my adult years in the "Never Never Land" of Los Angeles, California. My life's work has been as a kindergarden teacher in a Waldorf school and I am very committed and dedicated to Waldorf philosophy and curriculum. I have a 35 year old son, a 23 year old son and a 21 year old daughter. I enjoy classical music of course, and healthy food (which in my world also includes Ben & Jerry's coffee heath bar crunch ice cream.) Poetry is a love, with Robert Frost, Rilke and e e cummings among my favorites. I am very fond of solitude although I am quite happy to be in the company of a good friend strolling through botanical gardens. I appreciate the beauty and practicality of the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 1900s, including Greene & Greene architecture and also that of Frank Lloyd Wright. I am slightly addicted to fine fountain pens, dip pens, beautiful paper and lovely colors of bottled ink. And in closing I just want to say that it has been a pleasure reading the shared information in this thread of some of the other CMG board members. It is a pleasure being a part of this little virtual village.
Sharyl, a lovely introduction of yourself. If you haven't already, you'll find a soul sister in Corlyss when it comes to fine writing instruments.

When I was in junior high school, we still used fountain pens for our school work, and I experimented with wonderful colors -- bottles of turquoise, purple, green -- which I unfortunately knocked over in my klutziness at times. Penmanship was important to me and my friends, beautiful cursive writing mattered nearly as much as content.

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Post by Chalkperson » Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:55 pm

Madame wrote:Sharyl, a lovely introduction of yourself. If you haven't already, you'll find a soul sister in Corlyss when it comes to fine writing instruments.

When I was in junior high school, we still used fountain pens for our school work, and I experimented with wonderful colors -- bottles of turquoise, purple, green -- which I unfortunately knocked over in my klutziness at times. Penmanship was important to me and my friends, beautiful cursive writing mattered nearly as much as content.
Corlyss has incredible handwriting, she once set me a dictionary and the note that came with it was so beautifully written, I was blown away... :D
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Bbbbut, you're STILL HERE, thankfully! :mrgreen:
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Madame wrote:Sharyl, a lovely introduction of yourself. If you haven't already, you'll find a soul sister in Corlyss when it comes to fine writing instruments.

When I was in junior high school, we still used fountain pens for our school work, and I experimented with wonderful colors -- bottles of turquoise, purple, green -- which I unfortunately knocked over in my klutziness at times. Penmanship was important to me and my friends, beautiful cursive writing mattered nearly as much as content.
Corlyss has incredible handwriting, she once set me a dictionary and the note that came with it was so beautifully written, I was blown away ... :D
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Re: About CMG's contributors!

Post by kairos » Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:35 pm

Madame wrote:
kairos wrote:I am a female and my name is Sharyl. Residence is USA and I am not a musician or composer, simply a music lover. I was born in the windy city of Chicago and spent my childhood years there. I was then transplanted to Phoenix, Arizona for my teen years. That was a bit of a "soul shock" probably akin to relocating from the North Pole to hell. I have spent all of my adult years in the "Never Never Land" of Los Angeles, California. My life's work has been as a kindergarden teacher in a Waldorf school and I am very committed and dedicated to Waldorf philosophy and curriculum. I have a 35 year old son, a 23 year old son and a 21 year old daughter. I enjoy classical music of course, and healthy food (which in my world also includes Ben & Jerry's coffee heath bar crunch ice cream.) Poetry is a love, with Robert Frost, Rilke and e e cummings among my favorites. I am very fond of solitude although I am quite happy to be in the company of a good friend strolling through botanical gardens. I appreciate the beauty and practicality of the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 1900s, including Greene & Greene architecture and also that of Frank Lloyd Wright. I am slightly addicted to fine fountain pens, dip pens, beautiful paper and lovely colors of bottled ink. And in closing I just want to say that it has been a pleasure reading the shared information in this thread of some of the other CMG board members. It is a pleasure being a part of this little virtual village.
Sharyl, a lovely introduction of yourself. If you haven't already, you'll find a soul sister in Corlyss when it comes to fine writing instruments.

When I was in junior high school, we still used fountain pens for our school work, and I experimented with wonderful colors -- bottles of turquoise, purple, green -- which I unfortunately knocked over in my klutziness at times. Penmanship was important to me and my friends, beautiful cursive writing mattered nearly as much as content.
Thank you Colleen, During my elementary school years in Chicago, penmanship was still one of the subjects taught and was listed on the report cards to receive a grade. In this time of junk mail filling the mailbox and emailing on the computer (which does have its place), I think it is still such a pleasure to find a beautifully hand-written note or letter in the mailbox, or included with a gift, as Chalkperson mentioned.

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