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  1. Non-Classical Music
    Probably a well-discussed topic, but here's my take: I'm looking at Rock/Pop disks wherein almost every song is interesting enough to justify the long stay on the proverbial island. I propose limiting the collection to ten, so that there will be room on the raft for our classical and other such...
  2. Orchestral Music
    I love the conductor. He throws himself into his work and is literally soaking in sweat at the end, his suit drenched. Scheherazade was a character from the Arabian Nights. The story went that a king named Shahryar, who ruled India and China, had an unfaithful wife and had her executed...
  3. Off Topic Pub
    Has your pet ever caused real trouble? I was inspired to put this up after reading about this cat LINK : The cat managed to get itself stuck up the same tree twice in two days. The whole story is typically British with a mixture of sentiment, council inefficiency and over zealous health and...
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    The British satirical magazine Private Eye has a classical music section written by someone under the pseudonym Pierre O'Boulez. Does anybody know who this is and are the stories he reports accurate?
  5. Opera
    To make a list of all the times Wagner changed old cherished stories to fit his own works would take too long, and I'm not here to argue for or against it. My question is about how purists felt about such changes in Wagner's own time. Were there groups of people who felt Wagner was vandalizing...
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    "On the streets of Vienna in the late 1700's, a beggar approached a small man in a velvet waistcoat and appealed to him for money. The man was overcome with pity for the beggar but when he searched his pockets, he found they were empty. Instead, he led the beggar to a nearby coffee house where...
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    This is a bit of a strange question, but how do you interpret the character of Hamlet, and what music would you use to describe him? I am absolutely no authority whatsoever on the play or Shakespeare in general, but I feel that the underlying theme of Hamlet's story is that suffering inflicted...
  8. Off Topic Pub
    This is a thread for the interesting stories about cricket that you guys find so beguiling. Enjoy! :tiphat:
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