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Offline relm1

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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2018, 07:40:05 AM »
I'm also in California, but in my case about 150 miles away. Even at this distance there is a detectable change in air quality due to the smoke.

This is the otherwise lovely coast of Malibu from Saturday - 30 minutes drive from me. :(


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« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2018, 08:23:58 AM »
Vandermolen,

I've been to Westminster Abbey before but it was some time ago and at that time don't recall seeing his grave (the 'lightbulb moment' hadn't yet occurred ).  I googled the image and saw that Ursula was given a small stone of her own too as she is apparently buried there with him.  I noticed that Stanford and Howells are also near him...will have to revisit the abbey next time I'm in the UK.

Relm 1,

 :(  And, of course, all the traffic is outbound.  Last I heard there were about 300,000 who had evacuated between the various fires?  Any rain predicted in the near future?

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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2018, 10:48:01 AM »
Any rain predicted in the near future?

Rainy season in most of California begins around November. Some rain is predicted late next week in the southern and central coast. If the winds would die down the Southern California fires could probably be brought under control without much further damage. Heavy rain could cause more problems, because coastal land cleared of vegetation is subject to mud slides. That is what happened in Santa Barbara last year.

One problem in California is that some of the most beautiful places, where people aspire to live, are vulnerable to relatively predictable natural disasters.
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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2018, 10:59:29 AM »
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« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2018, 01:14:34 PM »
Yes, I agree:  there are many fine Russian composers too--I particularly enjoy Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich (as I had mentioned earlier)....operas like Boris Godunov are thrilling....and the ballets!

PD

Greetings!

Watch for remarks concerning the lesser-known Russian composers - whose works are not necessarily lower in quality than the better-known composers  ;)  - e.g. Sergei Taneyev, Nicolai and Alexander Tcherepnin, Serge Protopopov, Leo Ornstein, Ivan Wyschnegradsky* Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov.

Other suggestions will soon follow, I am sure!   ;D



* Wyschnegradsky  q.v. is perhaps an acquired taste!   8)
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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2018, 09:39:41 AM »
I will certainly look out for a thread on either Russian composers or the individual ones that you've suggested at some point in time--thanks! :-)

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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2018, 09:56:17 AM »
For a fan of Shostakovich, I'd definitely also suggest Weinberg, his younger colleague & friend whose music was very much influenced by Shostakovich, who was also influenced by Weinberg.
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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2018, 10:05:51 AM »
For a fan of Shostakovich, I'd definitely also suggest Weinberg, his younger colleague & friend whose music was very much influenced by Shostakovich, who was also influenced by Weinberg.

Esp. the pf quintet and the string quartets!
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« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2018, 10:55:46 AM »
Esp. the pf quintet and the string quartets!
Indeed! Although mostly because I don't know Weinberg's symphonies, concertos, piano music, or operas, etc, well enough to comment..
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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2018, 04:04:08 AM »
Hi, Pohjola's Daughter, I missed your intro. Welcome!
There are not too many dames around here, but the guys are mostly OK.
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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #30 on: December 09, 2018, 07:40:58 AM »
Hi, Pohjola's Daughter, I missed your intro. Welcome!
There are not too many dames around here, but the guys are mostly OK.
Janet,  the "zamyra-byrd" (singing-byrd)

I don't think "pohjola's daughter" is a dame.  That is the name of a famous tone poem by Jean Sibelius, "Pohjola's Daughter" based on Finnish myth. 

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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #31 on: December 21, 2018, 11:37:38 AM »
Welcome aboard, and great username! Looking forward to your posts.  :)
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« Reply #32 on: December 21, 2018, 03:32:21 PM »
Hi, Pohjola's Daughter, I missed your intro. Welcome!
There are not too many dames around here, but the guys are mostly OK.
Janet,  the "zamyra-byrd" (singing-byrd)

Hi Janet! 

Apologies for missing your (and the 2-3?) following 'welcomes' too; life has been incredibly busy over the past few months so I haven't had much time (or energy) to catch up on this forum.   :(

Are you a singer (for fun or professionally)?  If so, I am envious!

And, yes, I picked the forum name PD not only because I like Sibelius' music, but was also trying to think of something having to do with a female figure(s).   ;)

Best wishes--and Happy Holidays too,

PD

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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #33 on: December 21, 2018, 03:36:32 PM »
I don't think "pohjola's daughter" is a dame.  That is the name of a famous tone poem by Jean Sibelius, "Pohjola's Daughter" based on Finnish myth.

Hi Relm1,

Yes, you're correct about the tone poem, but ahem, please see my above reply.   :)

Though, alas, I'm not a dame (Dame) in the British sense!   :(

Warm wishes and Merry, Merry!

PD

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« Reply #34 on: December 21, 2018, 03:37:33 PM »
Welcome aboard, and great username! Looking forward to your posts.  :)

Thank you very much Kyjo!

Happy Holidays too,

PD

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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2019, 01:56:23 AM »
Hi Janet! 
Apologies for missing your (and the 2-3?) following 'welcomes' too; life has been incredibly busy over the past few months so I haven't had much time (or energy) to catch up on this forum.   :(
Are you a singer (for fun or professionally)?  If so, I am envious!
And, yes, I picked the forum name PD not only because I like Sibelius' music, but was also trying to think of something having to do with a female figure(s).   ;)
Best wishes--and Happy Holidays too,
PD

Hi PD,

I just noticed your answer to my post a year later (well, not really).
To answer your question about my being a singer, I prefer to say I am an all-around musician.
I taught piano, voice and music history at the Edward Said Conservatory and other institutions.
So maybe I spoke more about music than actually performed it, but practiced a lot both piano and voice and learned violin in high school that I always wanted to take up again.
I did sing some soprano solos in oratorios, Beethoven's "Christ on the Mt. of Olives", for instance.
If I really had to define my musicianship, I would say I am a listener, having started out that way.
Hearing something beautiful gives me the incentive to try and reproduce it.
Musical analysis always fascinated me, so I did pursue that subject on university masters level.
As an adolescent, I wanted to compose music but a conservatory teacher told me my compositions weren't "modern" enough. So I gave that up.
It's good that this was not told to Emily Bear or Alma Deustcher.
That's about it.
Janet
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« Reply #36 on: January 06, 2019, 11:02:28 AM »
Hi PD,

I just noticed your answer to my post a year later (well, not really).
To answer your question about my being a singer, I prefer to say I am an all-around musician.
I taught piano, voice and music history at the Edward Said Conservatory and other institutions.
So maybe I spoke more about music than actually performed it, but practiced a lot both piano and voice and learned violin in high school that I always wanted to take up again.
I did sing some soprano solos in oratorios, Beethoven's "Christ on the Mt. of Olives", for instance.
If I really had to define my musicianship, I would say I am a listener, having started out that way.
Hearing something beautiful gives me the incentive to try and reproduce it.
Musical analysis always fascinated me, so I did pursue that subject on university masters level.
As an adolescent, I wanted to compose music but a conservatory teacher told me my compositions weren't "modern" enough. So I gave that up.
It's good that this was not told to Emily Bear or Alma Deustcher.
That's about it.
Janet

Hi Janet,

Oh, neat!  And impressive!  When asked whether or not I am a musician (after I've voiced an interest in music, etc.), my reply is "I like to say that I clap well". 

And regarding the part of your quote that I highlighted:  I understand you're feeling.  With me, however, well, let's just say that you don't want to be around me when I have a Callas recording on and I have the impulse to sing along with her; the results ain't pretty! 

Best wishes,

PD

p.s.  And your conservatory teacher should have been fired for discouraging you like that!   >:( :(

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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #37 on: January 13, 2019, 08:13:21 AM »
Welcome aboard! Love your screen name! Certainly one of my favorites from Sibelius.
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« Reply #38 on: January 15, 2019, 08:29:01 AM »
Welcome aboard! Love your screen name! Certainly one of my favorites from Sibelius.
Thank you on both accounts!

PD

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Re: Hello to all from the US...
« Reply #39 on: January 31, 2019, 12:20:03 AM »
Hello fellow vinyl enthusiast! Where in California are you? My wife and I live in Pasadena, which I have a soft spot for, but I viscerally hate the rest of SoCal, and I long to be in the Bay Area, or better yet Ireland (whence my ancestors came), or possibly further north in the land of the Hyperboreans. I love that avatar and have had a fascination with the aurora borealis and northern latitudes for many years.

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