crazy jane

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  1. but this made me feel a lot better
  2. Yesterday morning I listened to "Hello in There" and wept--I knew every word, though I hadn't heard it for so many years. I hate graveyards and old pawn shopsFor they always bring me tearsI can't forgive the way they rob meOf my childhood souvenirs (Add "Souvenirs" to the list)
  3. If you're going to have "The Devil's Violinist," you'd better include "God's Fiddler"
  4. The only definition of a "correct" left hand position I know of is one that allows the greatest relaxation of the hand (no gripping) and affords the player maximum extension (on violin, fingered octaves and tenths). One of the finest and *most relaxed* players with whom I've played chamber music (a former concertmaster of Juilliard and a floor demonstrator for Morel) played with what I call a hitchhiker's thumb: violin neck resting upon the crook of the hand rather than being supported by the thumb, as below. Rather different than Menuhin, I would say, but it certainly works for Perlman and ASM--and look at the freedom of that hand.
  5. Sometimes remarkably beautiful.
  6. This one's for PhilipKT
  7. We are playing Ravel right now, which is all about sound colors or effects. As matesic says, the bow plays a great part in this. There are specific indications in the music, as well: sul tasto, ponticello, legato, tenuto, flautando, marcato, cantabile, au talon--the list goes on and on (in French for Ravel, though). Each effect "colors" the sound. In the left hand, vibrato and portamento contribute to colors. For certain harmonics, both the left hand and the bow placement/speed contribute to the "color." And obviously open strings produce a very different color than stopped ones. And yes, intonation colors sound, as well. Our conductor took the strings through simple scales to achieve a uniform color for each effect Ravel is indicating.
  8. but that's for the violin sonata--?? (the link is "forbidden", btw)
  9. I saw Nathan Milstein in recital in late 1985, when he was 81 years old. He unfortunately broke his arm the following year, or I would have seen him again. His playing was impeccable, particularly on the Chaconne of Bach--which requires both great technique and great stamina (mentally and physically). Tremendous. At intermission, the ladies' room was abuzz with breathless admiration on the part of the many LA Chamber Orchestra violinists who were in attendance.
  10. You are going to have to burn the works of Shakespeare, Chaucer, Swift, and many many others, I'm afraid. The puns and double-entendres are there to express the complex nature of humans. And it is definitely not limited to scatological terms, nor to the realm of low comedy.
  11. I agree—it irks the hell out of me to hear cellists poaching on our very limited repertoire. Go play Villa Lobos or Schubert. You have your own great literature. It is the best because it is the middle voice. I really cannot imagine the first movement with cellos. Or the third. Conversely, I frankly don’t think violists should perform the cello suites. We have Reger unaccompanied suites, which are weird—but great and really suited to our register and temperament. And what next next after Brandenburg? Mozart’s Concertante? (I believe Ma recorded the Bartok viola concerto, which *really* annoys me!)
  12. You seem to think that I am playing fast and loose with language. But "rape" is from the Latin, to seize or take without consent--a very broad term. Even in the 30's, when Faulkner wrote Sanctuary, Popeye's actions were commonly described as rape. And Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock" (1717) has nothing to do with sexual intercourse but everything to do with violation and seizure. You are the one using the word in accordance with your own understanding to try to impugn Ms St. John's claim. And, once again, we will never know since Curtis failed to investigate her original complaint. So believe what you will. It ultimately says much more about you than about Ms St. John.
  13. Who ever said "rape" is penile penetration? Just read Sanctuary for a case in point. Nor is rape an exclusively male capability. But you seem kind of fixated on the issue.