• A valediction and farewell: a third return we certainly shouldn't do?

    I have a host of reasons to retire, sadly, from the section -- my perilous health has a lot to do with it -- but the hard truth is that compared with times of yore our section has collapsed of late. In those times of yore the community favoured me with I.Jones' job -- fools they -- and when I did return later you have all been very generous in... show more
    I have a host of reasons to retire, sadly, from the section -- my perilous health has a lot to do with it -- but the hard truth is that compared with times of yore our section has collapsed of late. In those times of yore the community favoured me with I.Jones' job -- fools they -- and when I did return later you have all been very generous in the value you put upon my contributions. For the last year I have begun to repeat myself for the Qs have begun to repeat themselves. I cannot dress fact up in drag or other fancilful costume to make it palatable. Then I must go. All colleagues on the board : you know my mailbox. My thanks for the most dazzling madness on this board -- this goes way back -- to Bearcat, guitargadfly, Mamianka, and for the most substantively provocaive threads my dear Lynndramsop, and to all TCs for their kindness. Petr has brightened my life in myriad respects, and we'll just carry on: codgers. We're good at that.. :-) I need to leave for my own good after long service; like all longstanding contributors, if you want to keep this section honest, how are you going to do that? I'm glad I did what I did: take my leave openly, as an act of choice. I did not want to steal into the night. I was not prepared for the astonishing generosity I have been made to read with so much kindness the way it has been offered. I know I will The 'new interface' seems to have a few problems: 7/8ths of my permitted characters seem to have disappeared :-(
    9 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • Debussy 151st ... specific music for the occasion?

    It's Claude's birthday. I'm playing Le Mer right now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlR9rDJME... Aside from Carnival of the Animals, Suite Bergamasque (especially Clair de Lune) and Arabesque No. 1 what are some favorites?
    It's Claude's birthday. I'm playing Le Mer right now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlR9rDJME... Aside from Carnival of the Animals, Suite Bergamasque (especially Clair de Lune) and Arabesque No. 1 what are some favorites?
    7 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • What is not in the public's interest to know?

    this question is inspired by healthy fur's post about bradley manning's case: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AtXiS5ejYBE_izZxklFv_okgBgx.;_ylv=3?qid=20130603223104AAvOrBQ how is "public interest" defined? who gets to decide what is in our interest? does it sometimes serve to cover up some rather shady goings... show more
    this question is inspired by healthy fur's post about bradley manning's case: http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/ind... how is "public interest" defined? who gets to decide what is in our interest? does it sometimes serve to cover up some rather shady goings on? surely, there is a public interest in freedom of information and of expression too, so, how do we strike a balance between human rights and protecting national (or global) security? i'd be glad if you would care to share your thoughts on the matter :) thank you so much for your considered responses so far, i appreciate it :) yes mtr, it was brought up a fair bit in relation to journalism/the media, when we were going through the leveson inquiry (link below). http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov... interesting perspective canron, especially in light of this article i was perusing not so many moons ago, you know, the one about news consumption being not so good for one's health. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/apr... i must admit, i am trying to cut down and to go for the more analytical coverage (but it's not easy).
    6 answers · Law & Ethics · 6 years ago
  • What do you think about composer Eric Whitacre?

    I've listened to some of his music, especially his choral pieces and I can say that I enjoyed them very much. I even joined his Virtual Choir 2.0 as a soprano for 'Sleep.' I'm asking because as much as I am a huge fan of classical music, I am far from being knowledgeable and so not in the position to judge about composition and... show more
    I've listened to some of his music, especially his choral pieces and I can say that I enjoyed them very much. I even joined his Virtual Choir 2.0 as a soprano for 'Sleep.' I'm asking because as much as I am a huge fan of classical music, I am far from being knowledgeable and so not in the position to judge about composition and structure and stuff. I would like to hear from people who "know," as they say. Would've provided YT links but can't do that very well on my phone right now, so please just type in his name on YT search or his website ericwhitacre.com, there should be plenty of samples on the site. I look forward to hearing from you :) Thanks a lot!
    5 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • U.S.A./World's, Best "Acoustics": OPERA-HOUSE and/or SYMPHONY HALL?

    I responded to the following "Answers" question, link; my response was about having heard Margaret Truman sing (former President Harry S. Truman's daughter-?) : http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;… And it got me to thinking: from strictly an acoustical point of view, which of all the opera-houses and/or symphony halls in the... show more
    I responded to the following "Answers" question, link; my response was about having heard Margaret Truman sing (former President Harry S. Truman's daughter-?) : http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;... And it got me to thinking: from strictly an acoustical point of view, which of all the opera-houses and/or symphony halls in the U.S.A., and/or from a global perspective are the best, most renowned, in your opinion. Even though YOU may not have experienced a live performance in any, still please feel free to venture an opinion. I myself have not really attended live performances in very many of them. ONLY: Kiel Auditorium (terrible) and Symphony Hall in St.Louis, Mo. (fair to.....not good) / San Francisco Opera (fair) and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco (nothing to rave about) / Mormon Tabernacle St.Lake City, Utah (INCREDIBLE - GREAT) / some Hall in Louisville, Kentucky - sorry, can't recall the name, nor much of the performance; the best I can do and if my memory serves me correctly, is that it was conducted by William Steinberg with the Israeli Philharmonic. Steinberg was one of those conductors famous for conducting a measure ahead of the score (know it has a distinct identity, but can't recall it). I'm hoping against hope that perhaps someone might have attended a performance at the famous Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Germany; where only Richard Wagner's operas are performed, and the orchestra pit is uniquely located completely out of sight under the stage. So, in your opinion(s).......? Thanks very much, Alberich @@@ "swanning": NO, that is not what I'm saying - recommend you re-read my question more carefully I have never been abroad, to Europe (or anywhere else - only across the border to Juarez, Mexico when I was in the military, and to Toronto, Canada to attend a Kaiser-Frazer 'meet', many, many years ago). And it's almost a 'given', that CM/opera, etc. is much closer to the hearts of the Europeans, than to the major portion of the population here in the U.S; and consequently, they would invest more in the research and building of any kind of music hall, etc. @@@@ Just wanted everyone to know that I gave no one a TD.
    7 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • Awful piece by a famous composer?

    I think Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 is horrible. This piece is only amazing for the first few minutes. After that it gets totally annoying and intolerable. What a disaster.
    I think Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 is horrible. This piece is only amazing for the first few minutes. After that it gets totally annoying and intolerable. What a disaster.
    10 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • Which cadenza for his 3rd Piano Concerto did Rachmaninoff truly prefer?

    I have got conflicting information on this. On one hand, wikipedia tells me Rachmaninoff preferred the Ossia cadenza and always performed it in concert, but during studio recordings played the other cadenza because he didn't get on with the recording engineer. On the other hand, I see some people saying that he played the shorter cadenza because... show more
    I have got conflicting information on this. On one hand, wikipedia tells me Rachmaninoff preferred the Ossia cadenza and always performed it in concert, but during studio recordings played the other cadenza because he didn't get on with the recording engineer. On the other hand, I see some people saying that he played the shorter cadenza because he felt the Ossia was too grand and it felt like an early ending. This is supposedly also why Horowitz never played the Ossia even though he probably could. I would like to think Rachmaninoff played the Ossia, since I like it much better and imagining how it would sound with him at the piano is like music porn. But right now I don't have any reliable references and either possibility seems equally believable to me, so could someone please help me out, preferably with links to reliable sources? Thanks a bunch.
    2 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • Did the sonata form have a single inventor?

    I had been under the impression that the Classical Era sonata form, with two subjects in related keys exposed, developed, and recapitulated, had arisen spontaneously. But someone on this forum recently attributed that brain child largely to "Bach's son." I assume that the contributor was referring to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. If... show more
    I had been under the impression that the Classical Era sonata form, with two subjects in related keys exposed, developed, and recapitulated, had arisen spontaneously. But someone on this forum recently attributed that brain child largely to "Bach's son." I assume that the contributor was referring to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. If this is true, could someone please supply details on this? I once listened to a sonata by CPE and sneared at it because the development section was only 12 measures long. If that was a pioneer work in the form, then perhaps I should have considered the context.
    3 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • Classical musicans (pianists) who studied something else at university?

    Hi, everybody. I am talking more about classical concert pianists in this question. Are there any concert pianists who studied something other than music or piano performance at univeristy? Being one myself, and studying mathematics, I would just like to know if there have been any others; purely for curiosity. Also, what about composers?... show more
    Hi, everybody. I am talking more about classical concert pianists in this question. Are there any concert pianists who studied something other than music or piano performance at univeristy? Being one myself, and studying mathematics, I would just like to know if there have been any others; purely for curiosity. Also, what about composers? For example, Tchaikovsky (Even though he was forced into it) Again, this is all just purely curiosity ^^ Thank you all for your knowledge Best Regards, Xander
    6 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • I need help! What is this classical piece called?

    I've been trying to find a piece that sounds like a serenade of some sort.? But I know it's not Franz Josef Haydn's serenade. I have a excerpt of the sheet music and is hoping that someone out there will be able to read the notes and recognize the... show more
    I've been trying to find a piece that sounds like a serenade of some sort.? But I know it's not Franz Josef Haydn's serenade. I have a excerpt of the sheet music and is hoping that someone out there will be able to read the notes and recognize the piece: http://forums.about.com/n/docs/docDownlo... This piece is often played by flutes or violinists and is very beautiful! If someone could help me out, that would be great. Thanks in advance! Oops! Apparently the link above doesn't work. Try this one: http://oi47.tinypic.com/2w3z8f5.jpg
    2 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • Managing large music and video libraries?

    I have a large music and video library. I am studying classical music therefor I have many versions of the same piece by different artists. My directory structure is important and looks something like this: Bach-BWV142-Name of interpreter-prelude.mp3 What I need is software that will help me manage and search for music without destroying my... show more
    I have a large music and video library. I am studying classical music therefor I have many versions of the same piece by different artists. My directory structure is important and looks something like this: Bach-BWV142-Name of interpreter-prelude.mp3 What I need is software that will help me manage and search for music without destroying my directory structure. I tried Media Monkey but it organizes by album and I end up with an endless list of albums with just one track. itunes is equally unsuitable as it will actually reorganize everything in a different way. Any suggestions?
    1 answer · Classical · 6 years ago
  • What do you think of this piece?

    The title is "Sabbath Dance", it's mine. It's inspired to a scene of Goethe's Faust: the witches' sabbath of Walpurgis Night. Thank you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfnK4OpuWus Thank you all for your suggestions, I'll keep them in mind in my future works. To Del: you're right, I am "only" 20 years old... show more
    The title is "Sabbath Dance", it's mine. It's inspired to a scene of Goethe's Faust: the witches' sabbath of Walpurgis Night. Thank you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfnK4OpuW... Thank you all for your suggestions, I'll keep them in mind in my future works. To Del: you're right, I am "only" 20 years old and I've grown up with Verdi's music since I was 5. He's my "myth" and I think that his influence emerges in this piece. Anyway you're right too when you say that I must find my style and I've noticed that it has changed a lot from my first compositions, so, let's see what will happen in the future! Thank also to Raymond, it's not very common to find here on Answers some users who devote themselves to answer a question of an unknown composer who posts one of his pieces. Thank ypu again! PS Sorry for my probable mistakes but I'm Italian! ;)
    3 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • Do you know this music?

    In this YouTube video documentary about Detroit there is a beautiful piece of music playing when the seek bar reaches 12:09 Do you know this piece of music? http://youtu.be/1hhJ_49leBw Thank you XOXOXO Shelly
    In this YouTube video documentary about Detroit there is a beautiful piece of music playing when the seek bar reaches 12:09 Do you know this piece of music? http://youtu.be/1hhJ_49leBw Thank you XOXOXO Shelly
    2 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • Senses working overtime #4. Know any songs about the sense of taste?

    The Jesus And Mary Chain - Taste of Cindy [acoustic] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iT2elPaD... One more question will complete this set. Blues etc for preference but don't hold back. Please post links.
    The Jesus And Mary Chain - Taste of Cindy [acoustic] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iT2elPaD... One more question will complete this set. Blues etc for preference but don't hold back. Please post links.
    9 answers · Blues · 6 years ago
  • Need help finding notes.....................................?

    Can somebody give me the ocarina or kazoo tablature for "Solfegietto" by Carl Phillips and Emmanuel Bach? I'm desperate -- I need it for juries next month. 10 points for best answer!! To Mr. JohnnyCB: You are a bit behind on the new technology, sir. I am referring to the new double ocarina that features a two-octave extension... show more
    Can somebody give me the ocarina or kazoo tablature for "Solfegietto" by Carl Phillips and Emmanuel Bach? I'm desperate -- I need it for juries next month. 10 points for best answer!! To Mr. JohnnyCB: You are a bit behind on the new technology, sir. I am referring to the new double ocarina that features a two-octave extension activated by a pinkie key. This obviates the need for overblowing -- an obvious oversight of the original designers. As for the kazoo, perhaps you are unfamiliar with the new digital models with the new pitch-correction feature and ring modulators, allowing the player to sound an octave lower or higher by dilatation of the left or right nostril. This is the 21st, century, after all. Further comment: To All: The responses to my question are much appreciated. So many wonderful anecdotes and pieces of advice. I cannot possibly pick a best answer, so I will leave it up to the democratic process so wisely included by the fine developers at Y!A.
    7 answers · Classical · 6 years ago
  • Can you name this orchestral work?

    The piece for orchestra contains multiple movements. It is highly chromatic and utilizes a contemporary harmonic language (whole tone scales, clusters). The piece also features xylophone and piano. One slow movement is in e-flat minor and has an ostinato melodic pattern whose "center" is the fifth of the chord. Specifically, the... show more
    The piece for orchestra contains multiple movements. It is highly chromatic and utilizes a contemporary harmonic language (whole tone scales, clusters). The piece also features xylophone and piano. One slow movement is in e-flat minor and has an ostinato melodic pattern whose "center" is the fifth of the chord. Specifically, the notes are b-flat, a-flat, b-flat, c-flat; the pattern then repeats. A single, pedal tone e-flat is in the bass as this figure repeats. What is this piece? Thanks. I recognize my "meticulous detail", as you put it, might make me look a tad pretentious - this was not at all my intent. So often will some Yahoo!-er request the title of a piece, providing only the most vague, diffuse details of the work. (e.g. really dark and scary; in a minor key; etc) Rather, I wanted to provide details specific enough so that someone more knowledgeable of repertoire could answer me. P.S. On the slow movement to which I alluded - it's in common time, and the ostinato figure is in quarter notes. Oh, and if you do in fact have an actual answer to my question, I'll be sure to "patronize" you. Thanks.
    2 answers · Classical · 7 years ago