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  1. Yes, I have the habit of cracking my knuckles, although I don't understand why it should be considered a bad habit. I consider my getting arthritis inevitable because it's highly prevalent on both sides of my family. I've heard that cracking knuckles is nothing more than the release of tension in the joints. When explained that way, it sounds much less threatening. What I'm unsure of is whether my habit will cause my arthritis to be more severe than it would be had I not cracked my knuckles. Also, will Cerulean's habit of cracking his/her neck make his/her chances of developing arthritis in the neck greater? [This message has been edited by prok3 (edited 06-17-2001).]
  2. You could send it to Reuning and Sons in Boston.
  3. It is said that Hahn plays with a relatively inexpensive bow. Is this true?
  4. Wow, I know Dr. Heald! DavidK, do you know David Arenz? He played with you on at least one REM album that I know of. He's a really cool guy. Also, do you know Jun-Ching Lin? He's played with REM at a concert or so but I don't know if he's played with you. It's a small world after all! (sorry, try not to have the tune stuck in your head for more than a few hours, otherwise, you may end up like Schumann.) [This message has been edited by prok3 (edited 06-11-2001).]
  5. Brahms wrote this to his publisher in reference to his Piano Quartet in C minor: "You may place a picture on the title page, namely a head- with a pistol pointed at it. This will give you some idea of the music. I shall send you a photograph of myself for the purpose. Blue coat, yellow breeches, and top boots would do well." Supposedly, the attire he cites in the last line of the quote is that of Werther, "Goethe's novelistic hero, who kills himself over a hopeless love for a friend's wife." Also, Brahms is reported to have told Clara Schumann that the second movement of his First Piano Concerto is a portrait of her. I got this information from The Vintage Guide to Classical Music by Jan Swafford. [This message has been edited by prok3 (edited 06-08-2001).]
  6. Very beautiful playing, Roman. I enjoyed it very much!
  7. Oh haha...yeah...sorry about that. Neat music. It makes use of counterpoint. Hints on baroque style and is very catchy. Fun stuff. Thanks, Mu0n.
  8. Mu0n, I'm having trouble finding Taxan. What system was the game originally written for? I've looked under Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Playstation, and Super Nintendo and haven't been able to find it.
  9. Oh yes! Megaman!! I forgot. Yes, I really like the music to that as well. That might be the game I played when I was younger simply because I liked the music-- there was one such game, but I'm having trouble remembering. Yes, Mu0n, I know what you're talking about in reference to the song on Castlevania that sounds sort of like Paganini's 2nd Caprice. I agree. Ironically, I'm trying to learn Paganini's 2nd Caprice right now...haha. Has anyone else heard the orchestral recording of the original main theme from Zelda? It's pretty cool. It was labeled "John Williams- Zelda" when I downloaded it, which confussed me. Did he simply conduct in the recording or did he orchestrate the music? He didn't actually compose the theme at least did he? Thanks for the link to Minibosses, Mu0n. I'm listening to their rendition of Castlevania right now and I'm liking it [This message has been edited by prok3 (edited 06-08-2001).]
  10. I've always thought the stuff very interesting and fun and was wondering if there's a soul out there with a similiar (or differing for conversational value) opinion on the matter. Here's the url of a huge archive of video game music: http://www.vgmusic.com/ My favorites include music from Mario Brothers, Castlevania, and Zelda (yes, very old, but I still love them). Have there been efforts to record music for a video game with an orchestra or with "classical musicians?"
  11. To tell you the truth, I'd have to hear more of him to be able to pick out any quirks in his playing. It was the first time I'd heard him play (he played the Prokofiev Sonata no. 2)and I was so impressed by the level of his technique/ability that I only paid attention to the things I liked. As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed his tone. I found it to be clear and simple and there was a great deal of ring in his playing when I heard him. His intonation is quite good. I'm sure had I listened carefully I would have spotted inconsistencies, but I must say, of all the "prodigies" I've ever heard, I enjoyed his playing the most. I agree that he has the potential for a "Shaham/ Hilary Hahn career." He is a smart, generally personable 14-year-old, so hopefully things will work for him. [This message has been edited by prok3 (edited 06-05-2001).]
  12. Stefan went to ENCORE last summer, so I was able to hear him perform live. He's a great violinist. I enjoyed his simple, pure sound and disagree with the notion that his tone is forced. [This message has been edited by prok3 (edited 06-05-2001).]
  13. Brahms is a sure win. I'd put all my money on him. That massive beard-thing Brahms had going assures his success in my eyes
  14. I became a huge fan of Isserlis after I saw him play the Dvorak concerto with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. You're right, Zoe- his bow arm is incredible. He is an advocate of phrazing with the bow arm according to his interview by the Internet Cello Society: http://www.cello.org/Newsletter/Articles/isserlis.htm I definitely consider him one of the most fabulous musicians and always think it a treat to hear him play (live or recording). By the way, Hilary Hahn has been known to stick around after performances to play in the orchestra. [This message has been edited by prok3 (edited 06-04-2001).]
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