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    I'm a man in my mid fities. I work with bookdesign, typesetting and illustrations. Mostly mathematical and technical literature, books and journals. I'm planning to go back to university next year to study biology.

    I'm divorced, with a daughter living with her mother. An amicable divorce, with friendship and cooperation left intact.

    Moving to new premises gave me the chance to follow my interest in music, and buy the stuff I needed to produce the sound I wanted.

    I listen mostly to classical music, but also a bit of jazz and the odd folk/pop/rock tune. I have a small collection of vinyl, but mostly listen to cd's (incl. sacd's, audio-dvd's). I don't have a TV set, just music from my hifi setup and everything else from internet radio.

    I have joined this forum to learn more about music and composers. And maybe to find friendship and likeminded people. I don't having much of a 'digital life', not being present at any form of social media.

    I like to read, and I like to be outside. Trekking in the forests and mountains. I also enjoy freshwater angling; coarse/specimen. In lakes, and particularly in rivers and streams. I love the lush vegetation that can be found along riverbanks and around small lakes. Along with music, it gives peace of mind.

    I'm planning at trip to Leipzig to visit the Bach museum in august, and then to Freiberg to look at the Silberman organs in Marienkirche. Most likely I will travel by boat to Rostoch, and then using my old bike to get to Leipzig.

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    Hi Don,

    Welcome to TC. I saw your posts relating to your stereo set-up.....nice system. Any period/genre/composers that dominate your listening?

    Joe B

    PS: Going to the Bach museum should be a great trip.
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    Welcome to Talk Classical!
    I am eclectic in my taste in music. Except "Ultra-Modern", Country Music, and Blues."

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    Welcome, and give my regards to Peppone.
    #I♥CD

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    Hello Don Camillo. I want to welcome you to TC and also ask you for your favourite Classical composers... but I'm way more interested in your favourite nature places to go trekking. I've also inherited that hobby from my parents, but lately I've been stuck in my room listening to and rating Opera recordings. If that wasn't a coincidence, I have been also accepted for a Graphic Design post-graduate studies in a private university. Why did you want to study Biology? I mean, how do you handle your current job and CM at the same time? I'm intrigued. Although it's an area I would love to work in, and I've been posting several of my CD designs/recreations in this forum, my few interviewers have warned me that the book publishing area has no future.
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    Welcome. That's quite a decision to go back to studying when you're in your mid-fifties. Respect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe B View Post
    Any period/genre/composers that dominate your listening?
    I work my way upwards, slowly. From italian, german, french and english baroque, through the classical period of Mozart and Beethoven. Right now, it's Schubert that occupies my mind and my ears. I bought Ian Bostridge's "Schubert's Winter journey─Anatomy of an obscession", which I found deeply intriguing. I have quite a few recordings of Schubert's song cycles, and a box set of all his symphonies. I will probably be stuck with Schubert for a long time. But, of course, life without Bach would be meaningless. I don't have a fluid ounce of religiosity floating in my veins, but I am deeply moved by his cantatas. I have the Suzuki and Gardiner cycles, and like them both. Maybe Suzuki a little better. There are lots and lots of music still to be discovered, and I have a bit of everything represented in my CD shelfs. One thing I would like to learn more about, is the chambermusic and smaller ensemble music of the classical and romantic area. I hopefully have many year ahead of me, to complete the journey through the finest art ever made.

    Quote Originally Posted by Art Rock View Post
    Welcome, and give my regards to Peppone.
    I will. He is probably in his workshop, or in the mayors office rewriting the party's program before election day. I will probably have to proofread it. Italy once had the largest communist party outside the Soviet union, and were a political force to reckoned with in the two--three first decades after the war. I love the books by Guarschi, and the french/italian TV productions featuring Fernande and Gino Cervi. Best casting ever.

    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post
    Hello Don Camillo. I want to welcome you to TC and also ask you for your favourite Classical composers... but I'm way more interested in your favourite nature places to go trekking. I've also inherited that hobby from my parents, but lately I've been stuck in my room listening to and rating Opera recordings. If that wasn't a coincidence, I have been also accepted for a Graphic Design post-graduate studies in a private university. Why did you want to study Biology? I mean, how do you handle your current job and CM at the same time? I'm intrigued. Although it's an area I would love to work in, and I've been posting several of my CD designs/recreations in this forum, my few interviewers have warned me that the book publishing area has no future.
    I have lived all my life in Norway. I grew up in Norther Norway, very close to this area:



    So go trekking and/or climbing and/or fishing in the mountains was what we did as kids and youngsters. When I was at university, I used to come back north to work during the summer holidays. The summers were short, but with daylight for 24 hours a day, we could get things done anyway. We went to work, came home in the afternoon, packed our sacks, and off we went. Staying outside the whole night before returning to work the next morning. Then go home to sleep, and the next afternoon we went back to nature. I couldn't have done this today.

    The winters were harsh and cold and long, with very little daylight. In late february/early march the days were slowly getting longer, and we would strap the skis to our backs and carry them for hours and hours to get to top of the chosen mountain, and then ski down. We often started walking at 5 pm in morning. With headlamps, in complete darkness, or in whatever light the moon would lend us. So that we were ready to descend when daylight came. We were down in less than half an hour. But it was a brilliant half an hour, and well worth the effort.

    Today I live in the southern part of Norway, on an island with a fantastic coastline. Inland from where I live is large areas with forrest, and there are freshwater in abundance. It's a very different landscape from what I was used to, but I have learned to love it. And the mountains are not that far away either. I fish with a baited hook, either legering or floatfishing. I use all sorts of baits depending on what species I'm after. Everything from worms to sweetcorn to maggots to bread to cheese to paste to bits of sausage to boiles. It depends on where I am, and on what I expect to catch. The fish are landed, measured (length and and weight), photographed, and then returned to the water.

    I went to uni studying economics. For reasons I can't even remember. What I should have studied was biology and freshwater ecology. So now is the time to do it. I don't have any debts, and I have a wee bit of money stacked away. Together with the journal and the odd book now and then, I get by. With enough spare time to study. At the moment, I use more money that I earn, so another journal would be perfect. We'll se what happens.

    I wouldn't call myself an artist, and I would definately not impress anyone with pencil and paper, but I have designed quite a few books through the years. I'm self taught in this respect, but have found my own design philosophy, where contrast is the main principle. Apart from that I rely on wellproven typographical principles, and the publishing houses are usually ok with what I provide.

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    Hello Don Camillo -like you I am a new member

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    I have tried several times to answer your questions, but my post don't show up. For reasons I can't figure out. I cant't be bothered with this anymore, so this, if it shows, will be my last post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Camillo View Post
    I have tried several times to answer your questions, but my post don't show up. For reasons I can't figure out. I cant't be bothered with this anymore, so this, if it shows, will be my last post.
    Try to contact one of the admins. I also had problems for updating some posts and many members have had problems to log in or enter the Talk Classical site. Don't leave!

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    Like any other site, there have been technical issues but they do get sorted quickly!
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    Welcome to TC, Don. Nice intro post.

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