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    Quote Originally Posted by violadude View Post
    I haven't really been blown away by anything lately. I hope I'm not becoming jaded.
    No, you are just the typically overloaded college / conservatory music major :-)

    As much as I loved the learning, life after school really is that much more interesting, and your senses become more awake after the cessation of that constant barrage of required listening, practice, recital attendance, assignments, all in history, theory, analysis, writing, and playing.

    As much as many of us going through that were totally hot-wired, we were simultaneously also a kind of hot-wired music student zombie, filling sandbags in the trenches, standing while asleep.

    Hang in there :-)
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    Recently, I've been exploring Dvorak in some depth... as he is almost certainly the most important composer whose work has been underrated in my collection for far too long. I found his 7th Symphony to be especially grand.

    The last work to truly "Blow me away?" It surely must be Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. I must have had the work... recorded by HvK... sealed on my shelves for some 7-10 years... yet never got around to listening to it. When I did... I was absolutely charmed... enthralled... seduced. I played it back to back at least twice more then rushed to my computer to order a couple alternative recordings... all of which I played as soon as they arrived.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clara s View Post
    clara is timeless hahaha

    but not with "il prete rosso"
    Timeless and poetic.

    il musicale prete; come in Tosca; il sacerdote musicale. Hai capito?
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clara s View Post
    clara is timeless hahaha

    but not with "il prete rosso"
    Ha! Ha! I do believe that would have been the type of fetish that other poster was asking about!!!
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Cool Babbitt Jazz

    Quote Originally Posted by aleazk View Post
    Babbitt - All Set:



    Yes, "serial jazz"!.
    This one of the reasons I love this forum. I have never been much of a fan of Babbitt but I now have been introduced to a Babbitt work that blows me away.

    I have yet to learn anything new from the "negative waves" I have read about Babbitt.
    It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious. And I am a very ingenious fellow

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    non capisco

    in Tosca? clarify


    i must feel sleepy

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Ha! Ha! I do believe that would have been the type of fetish that other poster was asking about!!!

    silence in the air

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    Quote Originally Posted by clara s View Post
    non capisco

    in Tosca? clarify


    i must feel sleepy
    Different priest in Tosca; singing priest; both dead; same fetish.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clara s View Post
    they are all very special

    and his works for oboe are quite interesting
    And bassoon..................
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Different priest in Tosca; singing priest; both dead; same fetish.

    the only difference is that Vivaldi was red headed

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    Quote Originally Posted by clara s View Post
    the only difference is that Vivaldi was red headed
    And Vivaldi wrote better music.
    Last edited by hpowders; Jan-28-2014 at 01:35.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    Recently, I've been exploring Dvorak in some depth... as he is almost certainly the most important composer whose work has been underrated in my collection for far too long. I found his 7th Symphony to be especially grand.

    The last work to truly "Blow me away?" It surely must be Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel. I must have had the work... recorded by HvK... sealed on my shelves for some 7-10 years... yet never got around to listening to it. When I did... I was absolutely charmed... enthralled... seduced. I played it back to back at least twice more then rushed to my computer to order a couple alternative recordings... all of which I played as soon as they arrived.
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    I know what'cha mean: I too have an elective affinity for the Dvorak Seventh.

    I especially like the lilting grace of that waltzy part of the first movement-- soooo lovely-- and how it gracefully cascades into a climax; especially Belohlavek's efforts with the Czech Philharmonic on Chandos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I bet he had green eyes, freckles and burned easily in the Italian sun.
    He is a vampire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aleazk View Post
    Babbitt - All Set:

    [video snipped for faster page loading]

    Yes, "serial jazz"!.
    Evidently serial jazz sounds just like bebop or hard bop. Maybe if I could grok this I would finally grasp bebop. It does sound kind of interesting

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    I watched and listened to Peter Grimes, Britten opera, for the first time a couple of months ago. I was blown away.

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