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When I was about 10 my dad pulled out an old LP recording from his Reader's Digest collection of "classical" music.  The man had no musical training, and rarely listened to music, but he was excited to have me listen to this "great recording of some of the neatest music he had ever heard!"

It was Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.  And his eyes lit up when he heard the music and watched my reaction to it as we sat on the floor around that old portable record player.

I was hooked on "real" music from that day.

I can't say that Rite is my favorite, but it was my first.  :-)  


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Brahms 4th Symphony
Beethoven 7th Symphony
Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Brahms Violin Concerto
Brahms Double Concerto
Gershwin An American in Paris
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

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   Posted 7/11/2011 10:51 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
"Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze" reminds me of the question: "who wrote Pachelbel's Canon?"
(I think it was asked in a music history exam of the trombone player, who failed at the question:
"how many symphonies did Beethoven write" when answering:"at least two, no. 5 and no. 9" (true story - I'm told))


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So the trombonist must have been a bass trombone player?
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   Posted 7/11/2011 12:03 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
weeksc said...
When I was about 10 my dad pulled out an old LP recording from his Reader's Digest collection of "classical" music. The man had no musical training, and rarely listened to music, but he was excited to have me listen to this "great recording of some of the neatest music he had ever heard!"

It was Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. And his eyes lit up when he heard the music and watched my reaction to it as we sat on the floor around that old portable record player.

I was hooked on "real" music from that day.

I can't say that Rite is my favorite, but it was my first. :-)


Many of those Reader's Digest recordings were very well planned, with top notch conductors, orchestras and great sound engineering. LP records in good shape fetch good prices in today's collector's market. Fortunately, many of these sets were donated to resale shops like Goodwill or Salvation Army and are relatively easy to find if you frequent these shops.


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   Posted 7/11/2011 12:08 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
The Readers Digest magazine was an embarrassment, though.

Are the recordings abridged? :-)


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   Posted 7/11/2011 12:24 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
In The Netherlands, Reader's Digest was always called 'The Best from Reader's Digest'. This was what was printed on the cover and what you came to expect in doctors' waiting-rooms, etc. If that was the best, we always wondered what they'd done with the rest.


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   Posted 7/11/2011 12:30 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I'm surprised to hear they were in the Netherlands. The magazine was full of bland features from the conservative American heartland: My Most Unforgetable Character, Life in These United States, Humor in Uniform, etc., that I suspect wouldn't sell anywhere else. I guess maybe there was an edition for foreign consumption.


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   Posted 7/11/2011 12:35 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I also grew up listening to the Reader's Digest recordings. I have looked in vain for some digital transcriptions or source material for some of the recordings. Some of the recordings were top notch and it is too bad the master tapes disappeared and have never surfaced for re-issue.


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   Posted 7/11/2011 12:45 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Motet said...
The Readers Digest magazine was an embarrassment, though.

Are the recordings abridged? :-)


No!!

As I stated, they were first class all the way. For example, John Barbirolli conducted a performance of the Sibelius 2nd symphony with the Royal Philharmonic. This recording is often cited as one of the best of this work. I would agree that it's right up there.


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   Posted 7/11/2011 5:20 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
i wish Finale was named after a composer


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   Posted 7/11/2011 5:22 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Vivian Fine?


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   Posted 7/11/2011 5:24 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
(Fine often paired with d'Indy.)


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   Posted 7/11/2011 7:35 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Motet,
Be ashamed. Be very ashamed.



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   Posted 7/11/2011 8:01 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Motet said...
(Fine often paired with d'Indy.)


groan

it took me a while to get (you english-speakers and your mangling of our fair language!)


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   Posted 7/11/2011 10:48 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I'm guessing the British mangle it even more. Rhymes with "Cindy," maybe? Oh, Brian...


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   Posted 7/12/2011 12:37 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Motet said...
I'm guessing the British mangle it even more. Rhymes with "Cindy," maybe? Oh, Brian...


it's actually a bit closer to "dainty".

"-in-" is a very nasal sound in French.


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   Posted 7/12/2011 12:55 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I was speculating that the British rhyme it with Cindy, not the French!

Each syllable stressed about the same, non?


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   Posted 7/12/2011 12:59 AM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
hmmm, as in pretty much every French word, the real accent is on the last syllable. but granted, in this case, the accents are relatively close in weight... still "d'in-DY".
really, the closest I can come to an equivalent in English would be to say "dain-TY" (without actually pronouncing a solid "N" sound... just that nasal quality).

If I were to set his name to music, the 1st syllables of both his 1st name and family name would be on the weak beats of a measure, while the 2nd syllables of both names would be on strong beats.
in 4/4 it would be a pick-up beat, with a rest on the 4th beat

vin-|-CENT, d'in - DY (rest) |


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French is a beautiful language for spoken drama and verse, but it does present problems for singers. For a non-native French speaker, singing a word like 'l'œil' on a long note is not easy.

As for my favourite piece of instrumental music, I'd choose Beethoven's C sharp minor Quartet, Opus 131 first, with Bach's D minor Chaconne for solo violin a very close second.


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   Posted 7/12/2011 3:00 PM (GMT -6)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Les Preludes said...
weeksc said...
When I was about 10 my dad pulled out an old LP recording from his Reader's Digest collection of "classical" music. The man had no musical training, and rarely listened to music, but he was excited to have me listen to this "great recording of some of the neatest music he had ever heard!"

It was Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. And his eyes lit up when he heard the music and watched my reaction to it as we sat on the floor around that old portable record player.

I was hooked on "real" music from that day.

I can't say that Rite is my favorite, but it was my first. :-)


Many of those Reader's Digest recordings were very well planned, with top notch conductors, orchestras and great sound engineering. LP records in good shape fetch good prices in today's collector's market. Fortunately, many of these sets were donated to resale shops like Goodwill or Salvation Army and are relatively easy to find if you frequent these shops.


Les
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