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Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 01-21-2018, 01:34 PM
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Posted By Michael
Ah - but I noticed it's called a "desert island"...

Ah - but I noticed it's called a "desert island" - not a "deserted island". ;)
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 01-21-2018, 12:55 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Michael
Desert Island Discs Yet Again

Apologies for resurrecting this thread but I've just noticed that this is the 75th anniversary of the original "Desert Island Discs" series. BBC Music has again published their list of the top eight...
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 01-17-2018, 06:56 PM
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Posted By Michael
I agree with you about the scherzo, Peter. But I...

I agree with you about the scherzo, Peter. But I am now going to contradict myself (partially) and suggest that the repeat of the exposition section of the last movement could be easily done without....
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 01-17-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By Michael
Don't you dare mess with this movement, Enrique! ...

Don't you dare mess with this movement, Enrique! ;)
Everything about it is right; the repeats of each section are perfectly judged and I have never found it one second too long (allowing for bad...
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 01-16-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By Michael
When I opened it I thought PDG had returned to...

When I opened it I thought PDG had returned to the fold! Then I saw the date.
And the replies from almost 18 years ago! :eek:

Don't do things like that to us, Megan!!! ;)
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-24-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By Michael
Happy Christmas and New Year to all!!!!

Happy Christmas and New Year to all!!!!
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-19-2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 200
Posted By Michael
As long as you can beetroot to yourself. ...

As long as you can beetroot to yourself. :rolleyes:
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-16-2017, 12:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 200
Posted By Michael
Happy Birthday, Beethoven! And happy birthday to...

Happy Birthday, Beethoven!
And happy birthday to Anna, my granddaughter who shares his birthday.

Beethoven: 248 years
Anna: 8 years. (240 to go!) :D
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-16-2017, 12:43 AM
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Views: 200
Posted By Michael
Here is a short humorous item on the...

Here is a short humorous item on the pronunciation of Beethoven which reminded me of one of my visits to Bonn, when I got talking to a local man who spoke excellent English (as opposed to my...
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-15-2017, 03:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 200
Posted By Michael
He'll be two years short of 250 tomorrow!

He'll be two years short of 250 tomorrow!
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-06-2017, 05:53 PM
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Posted By Michael
Very convincing, Lee! I think you've nailed it.

Very convincing, Lee! I think you've nailed it.
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-06-2017, 05:51 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 728
Posted By Michael
Those three would also be my choice of...

Those three would also be my choice of Beethoven's most difficult works (the last movement only in the case of the Hammerklavier).

One other piece that gives me grief is the final movement of the...
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-06-2017, 01:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 728
Posted By Michael
I envy you! I don't dislike it but I really want...

I envy you! I don't dislike it but I really want to love it! :D
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-05-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 728
Posted By Michael
:D Maybe they should be called the Diabolical...

:D
Maybe they should be called the Diabolical Variations!
But was Schnabel criticizing the audience or the work? (I doubt if it was the latter.)
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-05-2017, 01:32 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 728
Posted By Michael
Exactly! Although I really love the Missa...

Exactly! Although I really love the Missa Solemnis, it's not for everyday listening.
But, getting back to the Diabellis, I feel a bit better after reading you and Enrique's posts. So, there's hope...
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-05-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 203
Posted By Michael
Sorry, Quijote - I don't know - I just picked it...

Sorry, Quijote - I don't know - I just picked it up from a news item. There must be a ton of ancient arrangements out there.
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-02-2017, 03:19 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 728
Posted By Michael
The Diabelli Variations. Of all Beethoven's...

The Diabelli Variations.

Of all Beethoven's creations, I find this work the most elusive.
As a non-musician who cannot even read the dots, I have absolutely no problem with Beethoven. I have...
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-01-2017, 11:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 213
Posted By Michael
Nah! I hate my own version. I went to pieces at...

Nah! I hate my own version. I went to pieces at bar 209 - just when I was on the home stretch. I panicked and started playing "Jingle Bells" - which I do quite well.

(Apologies for derailing your...
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 12-01-2017, 06:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 213
Posted By Michael
I'm playing the final movement of the...

I'm playing the final movement of the Hammerklavier sonata.
(On my CD player, by the way).
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 11-20-2017, 01:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 203
Posted By Michael
1816 Arrangement of Beethoven's 7th

Unusual arrangement of the symphony for "viola" quintet. (I don't know why the first movement isn't included and why the instruments aren't all violas!)
And no viola jokes, please! ;)

...
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 10-30-2017, 06:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 219
Posted By Michael
That's the sad thing about this interview. ...

That's the sad thing about this interview. Bernstein seems a little under the weather and he trotted out his original 1960 piece almost by rote - but don't ignore the final sentence where he...
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 10-30-2017, 03:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 219
Posted By Michael
Once again, Bernstein’s intentions in this...

Once again, Bernstein’s intentions in this “diatribe” have been misunderstood – and the fault is partly his own. It originally appeared in a book called “The Joy of Music” which was first published...
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 10-23-2017, 05:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By Michael
:D Good luck with this one!

:D

Good luck with this one!
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 10-22-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By Michael
Philately will get you nowhere. ;)

Philately will get you nowhere. ;)
Forum: Beethoven and Classical Music Discussion 10-22-2017, 07:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By Michael
And they said the CD was dead!

And they said the CD was dead!
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