Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Today and goodbye

Got a dental appointment, not much time this morning.
Lemme see.....what am I reading?
Leonard Bernstein, the Mick Jagger of the fifties.
That's not the title of thr book, it's just a thought I had while reading of his social and public life. The book is by Humphrey Burton
Not the greatest musician, but made up for it with personality.
Read a few pages of Ives lunatic ravings, decided I dont need it. I can get that kind of stuff from the newspaper.
"Essays before a sonata and other writings" edited by Howard Boatwright.
Ives was an insurance salesman, fair game.
George Gershwin, a biography. By Edward Jablonski.
These guys started out younger than I. They also displayed "Talent" whatever that is.
Unless it means "raving looney" in which case Ives qualifies as the most "talented"
Talented enough to be president.
But enough about me, tell me a little about yourself...whoops, look at the time, gotta run.

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Blogger butch said...

Good luck with the Dentist. Christ most of us in our 60's have spent enough on our teeth that we could have got dentures at 20 years old, and could afford a Ferrari now. Add to that the cost of having three stepdaughter like 12 years ago all needing braces and orthodonture work; to the tune of 12 thousands bucks each! We had to mortgage the house to pay those blood sucking dental types. Man!

Leonard Bernstein (IPA pronunciation: ['bɝnstaɪn])[1] (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American conductor, composer, and pianist. He was the first conductor born in the United States of America to receive world-wide acclaim, and is known for both his conducting of the New York Philharmonic, including the acclaimed Young People's Concerts series, and his multiple compositions, including West Side Story, Candide and On the Town. He is known to baby boomers primarily as the first classical music conductor to make many television appearances, all between 1954 and 1989.

Like many married gay men, he loved his wife with a pure devotion. It has been suggested that Bernstein was actually bisexual (an assertion supported by comments Bernstein himself made about not preferring any particular cuisine, musical genre, or form of sex), and it has been alleged that he was conflicted between his devotion to his family and his gay desires, but Arthur Laurents (Bernstein's collaborator in West Side Story), said that Bernstein was simply "a gay man who got married. He wasn't conflicted about it at all. He was just gay." [10] Shelly Rhoades Perle, another friend of Bernstein’s, said that she thought "he required men sexually and women emotionally

Bernstein was very highly regarded as a conductor, composer, and educator, and probably best known to the public as longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, for conducting concerts by many of the world's leading orchestras, and for writing the music for West Side Story. He wrote three symphonies, two operas, five musicals, and numerous other pieces.

Humphrey Burton, CBE, (born 25 March 1931) is a British classical music presenter, broadcaster, director, producer, and biographer of musicians.

Born in 1931 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, he attended The Judd School, Tonbridge before reading music and history at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and joined the BBC in 1955. He directed many programmes and documentaries and was made BBC Television's first Head of Music and Arts 1965-67. He then worked for eight years in commercial television co-founding London Weekend Television, where edited and presented ITV's award-winning arts series Aquarius, the inspiration for the South Bank Show. He returned to the BBC until 1981.

In the 1970s, at the request of Leonard Bernstein, he began an association with the famous composer-conductor, making documentaries and filmed concerts in which Bernstein both conducted and/or offered commentary. These were produced for Unitel. One of them, Beethoven's Birthday: A Celebration in Vienna, was first telecast on CBS and won an Emmy in 1972.

After leaving the BBC he worked in the USA and Europe as director or programme presenter in classical music, opera, ballet, documentaries and music competitions.

He has written biographies of Leonard Bernstein and Yehudi Menuhin.

Ives's second piano sonata, Concord, Mass., 1845, stands among the masterpieces of American music. The Essays Before a Sonata was conceived by Ives as a preface of sorts to the composition. Ives's musings also explore the nature of music, discuss the source of a composer's impulses and inspiration, and offer some biting comments on celebrated masters. The writings in his collection -- now featuring a comprehensive index -- allow readers entry into the brilliant mind that produced some of Americas most innovative musical works.

The history and, above all, the birth and emergence of the Hindemith Music Centre, formerly Chalet de Lacroix, are intimately connected with the American musician couple Helen and Howard Boatwright and with Marius Décombaz, a notary in Vevey.
The owners of the Chalet, the daughters of Victor Lacroix, who were very closely involved with music, made their large house available to musicians of the region as a working site on certain occasions. Courses, concerts, chamber music weekends and much more took place here. Many young music students who are today recognised musicians and successful in the world of music took their first steps into concert life in this house or prepared to do so. The Boatwrights were informed of this by their friend, the singer Hugues Cuenod, who lived in Vevey.
In the summer of 1968 the Boatwrights, both professors at the University of Syracuse, USA, visited Blonay for the first time in order to seek out the grave and final residence of Paul and Gertrud Hindemith. Howard Boatwright had been a pupil and later a university colleague of Hindemith's. Consequently he knew his extraordinary abilities as a teacher and intended to continue Hindemith's pedagogical concerns in summer courses. Twenty further stays in Blonay, in the form of "Summer Academies" at which the Boatwrights' own and other students took part, were to follow this first one. In this inofficial way, their desire to establish Blonay as the European branch office of the University of Syracuse was fulfilled. The first courses of the Boatwrights, carried out together with Hugues Cuenod as singing instructor in 1969, were called Ecole Hindemith. Accordingly the concerts held in the church La Chiésaz in the neighbouring community of St.-Légier were named Concerts Hindemith, and subsequently Journées Paul Hindemith.

George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer. He wrote most of his vocal and theatrical works in collaboration with his elder brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin. George Gershwin composed both for Broadway and for the classical concert hall. He also wrote popular songs with success.

Many of his compositions have been used on television and in numerous films, and many became jazz standards. The jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald recorded many of the Gershwins' songs on her 1959 Gershwin Songbook (arranged by Nelson Riddle). Countless singers and musicians have recorded Gershwin songs, including Bing Crosby, John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Judy Garland, Nina Simone, John Fahey, and Sting.

Edward Jablonski, distinguished biographer of Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin and others, close friend of the Gershwin family, and author of Flying Fortress and other highly acclaimed titles, describes in this video clip the impression Gibbons' Gershwin performances made on him when he first heard him in New York in 1991 and again in 1994 on the occasion of Gibbons' New York debut. Since then Gibbons has appeared almost annually in New York, performing with great success at both the Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall. Gibbons returned to Carnegie Hall for a special Gershwin concert on Saturday February 26th 2005. The event was a memorial, celebrating the life of Edward Jablonski, who sadly died on February 10th 2004. This special Carnegie Hall event was Jack Gibbons' own personal tribute to one of the 20th century's most remarkable writers. Details of Jack's return to Carnegie Hall, New York, on March 3rd 2007 can be found on this web site in the concerts section.

Christ, let's not get into a fuss over a little thing like "Talent". On the list of 10 things one needs to succeed, it shows up at 20th. Just look at my illustrious career as a professional actor. I certainly was "talented", but because I was not gay, and was not well known, I spent a decade doing little chickenshit parts. Talent was never considered. Hell, I was classically trained, but who gave a damn, or even knew the difference?

As to the mental statues of George W. Bush, Jr. or the cruelty of his "handlers", and the greed, and the hubris --well that could be another story entirely, not to be dealt with at this time.

Hope your mouth came out A-OK.


4:11 PM  
Blogger butch said...

I am getting terrible with my typos and misspellings. Perhaps I should slow down. No, that would be both impossible and unacceptable. I think it gives a certain charm to the comments, and to the mystique I have created with my copious responses to your copius postings.

Have you ever nailed down much of a reason that Robin, and several other "friends" of yours, like all the members of the slumlords, do not take their rightful place in the active list of respondants? Your blogsite has a certain vitality, and certainly is challenging to those of us who follow your daily musings. How could any sane person "chose" not to read it, and worse yet "chose" not to respond, or make comments. I mean, I have no problem with the fact that Anonomann is your oldest commenter, one of the "originals" --but he is like IT, the last of his kind. I am fairly new to the blogsite, and even though I make a hell of a splash sometimes, it does get lonely out here in the pool without water wings.

I had forgotten that Bernstein was a fag, or bisexual, or omnisexual, or whatever the hell he was. Somehow I remember him getting into the ring once with Norman Mailer. Of course fags can be tough guys too, so what's my point?

Melva is now heading into Week II on her European vacation. She and the gang headed to Madrid yesterday, and should return to Portugal tomorrow. Sunday, I think,they are heading to a B&B in London for a couple days, and then they wing back here on that 16 hour flight over the pole on August 15. Batching it is not the fun it once was. My dog, Taffy, and my cat, Keezymotto, are just not verbal enough for my needs. I was naughty and I rushed out and bought a new book case for upstairs so that I could move some of my books up, and leave shelf room for more of my movies. Melva did not really want me to do that. She would be happier if I quit collecting movies all together. But where would be the fun in that? And I slunk out to see RESCUE DAWN, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, SUNSHINE, and TRANSFORMERS by myself. The TFC will screen my copy of GO TELL THE SPARTANS tomorrow night at the FIREHOUSE COFFEE CO. in Tacoma, and my copy of THE LOST COMMAND at Wine Styles in Tacoma on Saturday, 8/11. Our third film this month is Gillo Pontecorvo's THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, which holds up extremely well, pounding home the notion that imperialists cannot defeat terrorism with tanks; imagine that.

Thanks to you, sir, I now have 4 Richard Brautigan novels and collections of poems that I cannot seem to find the time to read. Man, I need to retire. I am still busy reading HARRY POTTER VII, up to about page 435 I think. Young Harry is up to ass in troubles in this one, supposedly the "final" installment in the J.K.Rowling lexicon. We'll see. When she spends her millions, and needs more cash, she will probably whip out another one. It is like Sly Stallone with his ROCKY and RAMBO franchises. I forget what film it was in, but some Sci-Fi several years ago, where the protagonist passed a theater marque and it said ROCKY 23 on it. I think last year when Sly gave us ROCKY VI, it is life imitating art.

Hey, when you find the time, or feel motivated to do so, you might put some of your comments, short as they might be, on the tail end of some of our comments, right? That would be cool too.


6:02 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Robin has commented here, see "Weekend" and "Today"
I am presently at the Seattle Library. I am downtown collecting data for the usual Wedensday post.
I am barely awake (not unusual)
Actually, I thought Bernstein was pronounced Boin-steen.
Cecilia, Meredith's Vespa {Italian for "Wasp") is running poorly so I must also make an appointment with the scooter shop to have it's little risotto tuned up or sumpin'
In the meantime;
Do check out "Omnicient Mussel" She rites good
See ya later in the day, when I get back from class.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you have to take "Wasp" (="Wespe" in German; I thought you are a vehicle mechanic (as well as a composer!!) by profession.
-- Anonomann

5:14 PM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

I am a retired mechanic.
Although just today, a few minnitz ago, I got back from rescuing "Cecelia" and it looks as if I'll have to fix the little bugger myself.

8:27 PM  

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