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THEE: >university of Maryland recently ran a sort of marathon on the Orpheus myth. Have you seen the 2 Cocteau films on the subject? Wunnerful, wunnerful.. >They performed extracts from 9 different operas on the story, dating from the first surviving one in 1600, up to ones by Krenek and Milhaud. Some Milhaud is great ("Le Boeuf sur le Toit" & "La Creation du Monde"), most is run-of-the-mill. Of "Les Six" though I'd say he's definitely my fave. I'd be interested in his Orpheus opera. >I also wonder if part of my interest in opera has to do with the extent to which it is disdained by "the masses". Well, considering that opera is almost completely designed to reinforce the ruling elites' cultural snobbery I'd have to say that I'm with the masses (almost) on that 1.. Are you familiar w/ Cage's "Europeras"? Maybe I've already mentioned that he may've composed them to "end all opera" or some such? When 1 or more of them were scheduled to premier in an opera house in Europe someone burned the opera house down & the premier was postponed. Cage poo-pooed the arson as a deluded attempt to end opera & called the arsonist a "poor man" or some such implying that he was insane. My sympathies were with the arsonist. >You mentioned Haba and Schoenberg and, as always, your familiarity with "recent" serious music amazes me. I lecture about it at universities & such-like, ya know? I could send you a CD of my lecture - of course it would be missing the live elements that make it more "irritaining" but there's still plenty of info there. You might find it interesting.. >Andre was causing so much trouble that they've cut his schoolweek down to 2 days Oi veh! What a case! Sounds like some especially clever tactics are needed! >Sorry about my clumsy stabs at fitting your music into the "big scheme" of things. No prob. I call some of it "booed usic" & some of it "Low Classical Usic", etc.. ME: calling machiavelli Strange weather here - we've had ferocious thunderstorms three days in a row. They hit like clockwork at 4:30. Will have to give my Naughty Marietta highlights disk a spin in order to keep up with the folks in the provinces. My opera collection is spiked with operetta here and there. I'm no expert, but I think European operetta is much closer to opera, and American operetta is closer to musicals. Anyhow, I have to buy it all on bag days... I'm not real keen on American operetta, but it seems like most of 'em throw in a number where everybody's singing away, and the soprano just *soars* above them all. I like that! Congratulations on landing the Sand Dancers original. Me, I would slice it down to 8.5 x 11 (just kidding.) Do you know the song "Domino"? Just curious. P.S. You're free to stop reading at this point. Here's some padding. I stumbled on this today looking for something else. I had forgotten all about it. I relates to the discussion of copying library materials as a means of backing it up. Robert Trent wrote a dissertation on the 19th C. European repertory for guitar and fortepiano. Matanya is perhaps the biggest force in the world of guitar scholarship. In other matters, he has torn me limb from limb. Newsgroups: rec.music.classical.guitar Subject: Music for guitar and piano - commercial message. Date: Fri Sep 19 09:34:35 1997 >I'm perplexed as to why Robert Trent seemingly objected to Don Sauter's post concerning his work in cataloging, and making available to the public, the Library of Congress' holdings of 19th century guitar/fortepiano works. He states-- > There are at least 400 works for guitar and fortepiano... > One can have these pieces by contacting the Library of > Congress and requesting a work...Most libraries will send > you a photocopy, assuming it is ... public domain ... and > that they have the staffing. >Being in the D.C. area, I just got off the phone with a Library of Congress music librarian staff member who outlined basic principles for publishing their public domain materials. So long as works are in the public domain and in suitable condition to be photocopied, it's o.k. to publish them without seeking further permission. >While I wholeheartedly endorse supporting public libraries, the amount of labor Don put into searching through dusty boxes of uncataloged materials and 'cleaning-up' copies was enormous. And wouldn't it be better (for the preservation of the original) to copy an item 1 time, clean it up and offer it at minimal cost than copy it over again each time someone asked and have a poor copy? This is assuming the staff will make the effort necessary to locate these often obscure pieces--which I doubt. To save trouble, the most likely response of the staff would be --no. >Matanya Ophee: >>And wouldn't it be better (for the preservation of the original) to copy an item 1 time, clean it up and offer it at minimal cost than copy it over again each time someone asked and have a poor copy? >There is one other reason to support Donald Sauter's efforts: the Library of Congres is notorious for losing things. Back in 1980, I found there a copy, at the time unique, of the second volume of the Chopin-Bobrowicz Mazurkas. A few years later, 1986- 87, Robert Kaufman asked me for a copy. Not wanting to circumvent the library, I told him where I got it from and asked him to get it directly from LoC. He went there, and lo and behold, it was no longer there. Stolen? mis-shelved? plain forgottten? who knows! The fact remains that at that point, my xerox copy became the only existing copy of the work, and remained so for many years, until another copy surfaced in the Vahdah Olcott-Bickford Collection at Northridge. There are many other things I got in 1980 from LoC, still listed in their catalogue, but no longer available. Copying and republishing them, whichever way, is a sure way of preserving our heritage. The more the better! THEE: baroque guitar and mpl Thanks for replying to my email. Your responses cleared up a lot of the questions I had. I've actually modified two three quarter size guitars, one tuned aa dD gg bb e' to play Corbetta, Roncalli, de Visee, etc., and one tuned aA dD gg bb e' to play Guerau. I've been using the Corbetta tuning to play Sanz even though I believe he used reentrant basses and an octave on the third course, i.e. aa dd gg' nn e'. I've been using D'Addario light guage classical guitar strings. They have tensions at a=440 between 5-6.5kg, and, since I tune to a=415 the tensions are somewhat less. They are a little flabby, but adequate. One can't be to picky on a budget, I'd be interested in any info your have on Terz strings. Thanks again. I'm sure I'll be visiting your wonderful website again and again. THEE: Re: calling machiavelli >Congratulations on landing the Sand Dancers original. Me, I would slice it down to 8.5 x 11 (just kidding.) Gr-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Talking of Machiavelli . . . I've been working on my houn' dawg song research . . . and, in part, that means politics. After the trip to Columbia, MO, and all the stuff I collected there and have been wading through, I think I finally have a handle on most of the evasive, or downright dirty dealings, at the Democratic convention of 1912. I get involved in practical things, don't I? (Better not answer!) THEE: Re: more mudarra Wow--Mudarra seems to be quite popular suddenly. Does the book titled "The Eight Masterpieces..." insinuate that he only wrote 8 decent compositions?? It's my impression that lutenists have been playing Mudarra more than guitarists have, because of the tuning difference,or perhaps it's simply the early music association. A number of anthologies for lute include works of his. Of course they sound great on guitar, and it's nice he's getting back on the music stands. Did you start a trend with your ascii offerings?? BTW--one Anthony Chalkley in France showed some interest in your tablature postings. He had been trying unsuccessfully to locate Mike Graham to obtain the little program he developed to convert ascii to .tab, so I sent him a copy. He ended up improving the program in some small details to facilitate conversions even more. His recent posting to the lute list follows: "Hi, everybody, "I've just ventured into the world of web-pages, with a retranscription of Donald Sauter's ascii intabulations of the scordature "Nouvelles Dicouvertes" by Frangois Campion - they are available in StringWalker format, so if you want to go back to letters instead of numbers you can - the PDF versions available only give numbers. "They are on http://perso.wanadoo.fr/tony.c/fretful/index.htm "Tony" Apparently Tony converted ascii to .tab, and then ran the tab through StringWalker to create his final product. StringWalker has the useful ability to interconvert different tablature styles: French, Italian, guitar; and, it can read (to some extent) .tab files. I have used SW for just that purpose (conversion), but I always create a .tab file for the finishing. Despite TAB's reputed user-unfriendliness, it gives more control over the final output and, IMHO, makes nicer page. THEE: Re: calling machiavelli I've attended maybe 5 operas and 3 operettas that I recall, averaging out to one about every 6.5 years. Now, musicals I know better . . . and I suspect I darn near have Treemonisha memorized. Although Tulsa has a very good opera company (creatively dubbed "Tulsa Opera") and we have the special once a year gigs such as the Light Opera Company of Oklahoma's festival, with a typical repertoire of 3 operettas per summer, we're pretty dull, stay-at-home folks most of the time. Naughty Marietta was delightful. There's something about soldiers dressed in buckskin comin' through the forest singin' "opera" . . . something ludicrous . . . and really fun. Marietta's poor disguise as a gypsy boy was a hoot, as was the exaggerated reaction when the Louisianans discovered that their esteemed French governor was the nefarious pirate Bras Picque. And the overture was terrific. I kept wondering if it was WC's orchestration but never had a chance to ask. >Congratulations on landing the Sand Dancers original. Me, I would slice it down to 8.5 x 11 (just kidding.) Just bought another ebay piece that is slightly trimmed on the bottom. The lengths people will go to deface a perfectly good piece of music to cram it into a frame appalls me. I don't have the piece yet, but the seller was honest about providing the information. Couldn't resist despite the mutilation; it's a piece WC orchestrated ("When Love Was Young") from the obscure 1906 _Brown of Harvard_. Someday when I retire & have unlimited free time, I'll created one heck of a website of sheet music from old musicals. Even better, I'll figure out how to create sound files of all these orchestrations! How's that for ambition? MO> There is one other reason to support Donald Sauter's efforts: the Library of Congres is notorious for losing things. Back in 1980, I Okay, you're going to inspire me to list my collection pretty soon . . . Even in the little time I spent at the LC, I found a couple of items misfiled and reported them. >2. Safari Duty - This would be similar to Jury Duty. A group of 30 - 50 people would be selected at random to serve. Man, I'd be in trouble! January of 1998 & January of 2000, I was drawn at random (sure, as if I belief that) to serve on jury duty the first week of the spring semester--no excuses allowed! I'm expecting more of the same for January of 2002. Optimistic, aren't I? >The other door would open to let out several starved lions. The people would then be fair game for the lions. The "plot" for the next "reality" TV???? Has someone been reading "The Lady or the Tiger?" >I know that these ideas are somewhat inhumane but I think that they are good ideas for population control and to encourage people to stay healthy and become educated. In essence, to create a stronger human race. Sounds like time to challenge Jonathan Swift's classic "Modest Proposal." THEE: Password I would appreciate your opinion The word is MEANINGFUL, my sister says it's okay to give the word THOUGHTFUL for a hint word. I disagree since they both have FUL. What do you think? THEE: I have a question about Mudarra's "Gallarda" piece, and the style of playing in general. What right-hand fingers do you use to play the quick runs down the scale on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th strings in the 12th measure? The same question applies to the sequence of notes played on the third string in measure 15, and the runs towards the end of the piece (the three measures before the final D chord). I've been doing the two runs in the first half of the piece by quickly alternating thumb and index finger. But would it be more "proper", for example, to use alternating rest-strokes of the index and middle fingers? (I have found this much more difficult to do quickly or gracefully.) Could one use pull-off's or hammer- on's? ME: Subject: Anthoine Carre's baroque guitar book in modern tablature TO: rec.music.classical.guitar http://www.donaldsauter.com/antoine-carre.htm I've worked up the whole of Anthoine Carre's book "Livre de Pieces de Guitarre et de Musique" (approx. 1690?) in modern tablature. There's a bunch of solos; one duo; and a 10-movement suite for two guitars plus melody and bass instruments. I've transcribed the bass part of the big suite for a 3rd guitar. The melody part is expendable, I think, because it duplicates the guitar 1 melody exactly. So, the big suite may work well on 3 guitars, although I haven't road-tested it yet. As always, my claim is that baroque guitar music sounds fine on a modern guitar if you just add a few octave notes above 4th and 5th-string notes. I even provided one tablature with the octave notes added to show how easy this is. And here's a link to the index of all my guitar tablatures: http://www.donaldsauter.com/index.html#tab ME: guitar and computers Here's the story behind why I was interested in seeing the "Witch Behind The Moon" sheet music. "WC" is William Christopher O'Hare the composer/arranger great-grandfather of my internet friend who wrote the following: >We have the Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof" coming up soon. As many times as I've seen the film, I've never seen the stage show. A couple of years ago, Theatre Tulsa--in conjunction with a local children's theatre workshop--staged "The Wizard of Oz". It was delightful and included music not in the film. I've read the 1903 NY Times reviews of the original production, which must have been a hoot. No Toto, but instead a pet cow named Imogene. Couldn't put that one in a basket and ride away on a bike! Nor could the flying monkeys carry it off. I got interested because one of WC's manuscript arrangements sent to me from the Sousa Archives, Univ. of IL, was "Witch Behind the Moon" (a coon song) from the original production. How times have changed! You can see the sheet music (great cover art) on the Lester S. Levy site, Johns Hoplins. Also I think I was right when I called that Tansman work "Cavatina". Cavatina is the name of the whole 4-movement set including Preludio. THEE: proliferating hats Just spotted this in the British Library's online public catalog and thought you'd get a kick outta it. Someone else clearly liked the song title! Title: Here's your hat, what's your hurry. Elizabeth McCracken Author: McCracken. Elizabeth. 1966- Subject: English fiction Publication details: London. Martin Secker & Warburg. 1993 Description: 197p. pbk ISBN: 0436277654. m Shelfmark: H.94/302 ME: Scrabble scoring >I enjoyed your thoughts about "points per play" in Scrabble. Here's a variation that takes into account the value of the letters a player draws. A player who gets big letters has a better chance to score more points. My girlfriend and I keep track of our "Scrabble efficiency rating." Here's how it works. Keep track of the point value of each tile that a player plays. For example, if a player spells the word "them" onto an existing M on the board, he uses 6 points, one for the T, four for the H, and one for the E. Don't count the M, because it was already on the board. At the end of the game we take each player's score (before game-ending points are added or subtracted) and divide by the point value of the tiles that player played. For example, if someone ends with a score of 270 and used tiles totaling 90 points, the efficiency rating would be 3.0. We find that it usually runs between about 2.9 and 3.7 for us. It's a way of measuring how well you do with the points you have to work with. What an interesting idea! But I wonder about the blank - it adds nothing to the points played, but is actually the biggest gun, so to speak, of all the tiles. Of course, in the long run, everyone will get blanks just as often, so the "efficiency rating" will become valid, but in the short run - after one or a few games - I would think the blanks would skew the rating. You and your girlfriend sound like you might like my one-point-per-tile variation. That's a real test of what you can do with the letters in your rack. ME: tablature >Why don';t you use Wayne Cripps's tab program. It will do modern guitar TAB if you use the Spanish tablature option. Are you still planning to publish the LofCongress pieces you discovered? I don't have the computing power to use Wayne Cripp's tab program. At least, I don't think I do. It needs a pdf printer, or something. Anyhow, I would need somebody standing right next to me who is up-to-date on computers to lead me through the steps the first time. In case your suggestion is in response to seeing ascii tab on my site, my response to that is that anybody can see the tab instantly, without having to run a program. I actually run my ascii tab through a simple BASIC program that converts the "-" and "|" into unbroken graphic characters. It looks great. The first tablature program I wrote was all graphic - producing exactly what I wanted. Then when the web came along I developed the ascii tab, and found that it is so close to what I want that I don't bother with the graphic program anymore. I need to have an up-to-date computer friend print me out some tab from Wayne Cripps site. (All the Mudarra tab there was generated from my ascii tab, by the way.) I am curious to see how it handles arrowheads and all of the ornamentation symbols. I also wonder if it will give me numbers-in-the-spaces - which I insist on - rather than lines-through-the-numbers. About the LC pieces: I've never had any plans to publish the solo guitar music I found there. I did prepare 120 pieces for guitar & piano for publication, but the guitar world yawned. My site is not commercial, so I can't be forward about it, but I hope it's clear that anybody who wants copies of what I have can get in touch. David Nadal used a batch of the pieces he got from me in his very nice publication, "Easy Classics For The Guitar". THEE: TO: Newsgroups: rec.puzzles.crosswords Subject: FS: sports crossword puzzles on ebay I'm hoping to get a batch of sports-theme crossword puzzles into the hands of someone who could enjoy them. I don't have the ebay link handy, but you can find the auction easy enough. The title is "41 Crossword Puzzles with SPORTS Themes". Bidding starts at a penny; p&h is one stamp. I think it has a few more days left. Thanks for your attention. THEE: tablature A great many people are now using Wayne's TAB program, and I guess the second most popular is a shareware program called Fronimo. But I do not know what hardware and software is needed for them. Or how to turn their output into *.JPG or *.GIF files that can be read on a web page. THEE: strange dreams I stumbled across your website looking for scrabble word lists and study methods, but found the entire site to be so fascinating that I have yet to finish the scrabble pages. I must say that yours may be the most interesting individual's (non-commercial, amateur) site I have ever seen! On the vanity license plates, my ex-husband always claimed that they really should read "BIG A**HOLE", but I did enjoy reading your collection. My favorite plate was a white Toyota SUV with HI HO AG. I thought that was clever, but mostly I agree with the ex. Your evolution and SETI pages are FAB! Of course you are right to question assumptions, which is what a REAL scientist should do. However, the responses, condescending, angry and downright stupid as they are, clues me to the fact that people have differing objective functions, and not everyone studies science (or anything else for that matter) purely to KNOW, to understand their universe. I have my own amateur pyschology, or classification of personality types, developed over many years of armchair observation. Puzzle people make excellent systems analysts /programmers. I am in the field myself, and when interviewing prospective employees, I always ask them about their hobbies. If I do not hear any kind of puzzle solving, I figger they are in the wrong field, or in it for the wrong reasons, or in any case will not be happy long term doing the work. BTW, some other characteristics in this category are high introspection, low action (the exact opposite of an options trader or portfolio manager), low need for external approval - inner directed, but high need for understanding or "solving". These people think the work is fun in itself! Anyway, back to the dreams. I have been studying dreams for several years, from a variety of perspectives... historical, psychological, religious/spritual, neuroscientific(al?), philosophy of consciousness - which would be philosophical, whatever. It is daunting in that there is so much pseudo-science and cultish dreck to wade through, but there are some gems of insight. Your questions are HIGHLY provocative and stimulating. I am sorry but I don't have time to outline the whole area right now, but I would be happy to write again and share some of my more interesting findings. I would point you to a good website on lucid dreaming... www.lucidity.com. Thanks for putting all that incredible effort into your site. Don't you just love the web? [Used to.] THEE: Question Where in your web sit do I find Fingering for guitar/?? Thanks ME: geetar tape Well, I finally faced up to that rotten guitar tape I recorded. What happened was the guitar trio I play in became active again recently after a couple of years break. (There was a big blow up, can you imagine? Nothing in this world is innocuous enough to keep people from going for each others' throats.) That reminded me that I had a batch of our trio recordings, and I thought, just the thing to copy over the spots on the solo tape that became too torturous. So you can expect a copy soon. I'm afraid the final thing turned out crazy enough that I have to hang on to the master. But the copy sounds pretty good. I don't guarantee it will give you or anyone pleasure, but I doubt there are many recordings anywhere that present such a wide variation in styles of music - not a spectrum, mind you, just the 2 endpoints. (Ok, with a few pieces that fall in the middle somewhere.) Your job flying around the country installing museum exhibits sounds quite fun, actually. Are you employed by a company that does that? When you mentioned the Maryland Science Center, I figured it was something you had dug up for yourself, freelance style. For what it's worth, my experience with science museums, and particularly with demonstrations at science museums, is that I have to struggle mightily to confirm that what I am hearing or reading agrees with what I already know about the subject (i.e., what I have learned and have no reason to doubt.) Makes me wonder what somebody without a science background gets out of it. Visited my folks last night. They have a tv and I watch Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with them. (Only show I see. Always liked quiz shows, but hated Millionaire for its first couple of years. See my review of A View From Saturday on my book reports page.) The contestant had no idea whether some planes can fly 3 times the speed of sound, or 3 times the speed of light. But to win the fast finger question, she was the only one who knew that typewriters predated paper clips. (Actually, I suspect she just closed her eyes and punched the 4 buttons.) I will try to see the Cocteau films on Orpheus. Thanks for the tip. No, never heard of Europeras. (Now I feel bad about disparaging the knowledge of the lady who doesn't know light is real fast.) I'll look into that. Since my opera reference books (like the records) come from bag days at book sales, they're generally not too up-to-date, ha ha. No, didn't know you lectured about music at universities. You keep surprising me. Again, is that freelance-type work, or are you on faculties somewhere? Why aren't you making $70,000/year? Did you study music in college, or just listen and think on your own (my best guess)? Not much to report about my summer break. I call it a "break" presuming the school will have me back next year. The principal told me I was "one of the Seabrook [Elementary] family", but we haven't gotten together to discuss the next school year yet. I've been wrestling with getting organized around the house. I've overflowed most all of my systems for filing papers, books, music and records, and I'm the sort who goes crazy when things aren't organized. Takes all kinds, eh? I had a hundred 13x6x13 cardboard boxes custom-made, and I've made great progress. I can see light at the end of the tunnel, even. ME: Re: baroque guitar and mpl I've only had one set of terz guitar strings, which I've been nursing forever. (The D string broke recently, and I just replaced it with a regular G-string.) The set I have is La Bella TG20 Professinal Terz Guitar. Hope that helps. THEE: Re: baroque guitar and mpl Dear Donald; Thank you for the info on the Terz strings. Hank Cross is building me a real baroque guitar. As a matter of fact, he's building two of them and offering one on the Lute list for $900. Yes, I've been downloading some of the Carre pieces. Thank you so much. I've been playing some Corbetta from La Guitarre Royale, some Guerau from the Poema facsi mile which I got from Tecla, some Roncalli suites, and some Sanz. Thanks again. THEE: geetar tape Egads Donald! It seems like so long since we last corresponded that it's almost like some sort of time warp is bringing ancient conversation suddenly into the present! Anyway, I was just thinking of you recently & wondering if I'd be hearing from you again.. >Your job flying around the country installing museum exhibits sounds like a lot of fun, actually. Are you employed by a company that does that? Yeah, it's called BBH & they're based in San Antonio. At the bottom of this is something I wrote about being in Oklahoma City for the last job I did for them. >When you mentioned the Maryland Science Center, I figured it was something you had dug up for yourself, freelance style. No thanks. That kind of freelance is more work than it's worth. I have most of the freedom of freelance w/o the headaches & responsibilities. >Nope, didn't know you lectured about music at universities. You keep surprising me. Again, is that freelance-type work, or are you on faculties somewhere? Freelance - & I'm 'self-taught'. That gives me some arrogant self-satisfaction, of course. So far, I've only guest lectured at 4 universities (+ 1 private lesson thing): 1 in Baltimore, 2 in Pittsburgh, 2 in Australia. Basically either on experimental music or film. If I do say so, I'm quite good at it BUT I wd HATE it if I had to do it on a regular basis. Anyway, good to read from you. There's a punk band playing in my backyard right now & I'm a bit distracted. I shd be socializing but I feel lousy because I had major projector problems showing an Indian film tonight at the Andy Warhol Museum (I work there as a projectionist & A/V technician) & things got so messed up I had to cancel the screening. It's the 1st time I've ever had to do that. It's trivial in one sense but a big deal to a Mister Responsible like myself. send that thar tape ya varmint! THEE: Re: geetar tape IT HAS ARRIVED! Now you are at the mercy of my harsh critical nature, ha, ha, ha! Just kidding - Listening forward to hearing it. Probably in the next day or 2. It's bound to be different from any other guitar music recordings in my collection. THANKS! THEE: Re: little book Is the Little Book of Music Anecdotes to be found in the Library of Congress? I might like to have a look at it. Thanks. ME: Good question! I'll look into it the next time I'm down there. I'll let you know. I just read Rudolph Bing's 5000 Nights At The Opera and had a few occasions to refer to the "Little Book...", with some very interesting discoveries. Bing relates a first-hand Mary Garden anecdote that's also in the Little Book. The problem is the Little Book was published in 1948 and Bing came to the Met in 1951. Who can figure??? ME: Subject: 39559 to go I have big doubts about Walking On Sunshine being the version I heard. I don't remember it being so fast and clattery. I did a web search and found one reference to a group called DTS (DTs?) who covered it. The guy called it "better than the original" and said it mostly differed in tempo and voice. (Now I've gone and looked for the page again and can't find it.) I see that the Battle of the Garages Vol II was with a batch of other records I had separated out for years to get rid of - more evidence it was something I was dumb enough to buy myself some time ago. If yours is gone and you want it, it's all yours, although I know how much you want more vinyl around the house. You got my curiosity piqued about how many operas are represented in my collection. It had never occurred to me that I had the means to answer that, but I gave it some thought and wrote a little program that can extract opera titles from my data base. It was an interesting exercise, showing that I had given two or more spellings to about 30 titles, in spite of my best efforts at consistency. The current answer is about 441. That includes operetta, plus a few oratorios, musicals and other extended vocal works. My latest 22-record haul added about 8 titles to the list. You have to restore the spaces, although I realize now it wouldn't be hard for me make the program smart enough to leave the spaces in. I could also have had it spit out composers. AcisandGalatea AdrianaLecouvreur Agrippina Aida Akhnaten Alceste Alcina Aleko Alexander'sFeast AlexanderNevsky Alzira AmahlandtheNightVisitors AmeliaGoestotheBall AmoreTraditore Anacreon AndreaChenier AnnaBolena AnnieGetYourGun AntonyandCleopatra Armida ArmidaeRinaldo Armide Aroldo Artaxerxes Atalanta Attila Atys AvaktheHealer AWaltzDream BabesInToyland BallimSavoy Barbe-bleue BeatricediTenda BeatriceetBenedict Belisario Belshazzer BenvenutoCellini Berenice BlauesGras(Bluegrasscantata) BlossomTime Boccaccio BorisGodunov Candide Carmen Carousel Castor&Pollux CavalleriaRusticana Cecilia Cendrillon Cheryomushki ChristlaginTodesbanden Clari Cleopatra&Cesare CoffeeCantata CosiFanTutte CrispinoelaComare Czardasfu"rstin DasLanddesLa"chelns DasRheingold DasSpitzentuchderKo"nigen DerBettelstudent DerEvangelimann DerFavorit DerFliegendeHolla"nder DerFreischu"tz DerGrafvonLuxemburg DerLustigeKrieg DerObersteiger DerRosenkavalier DerSchauspieldirektor DerVetterausDingsda DerVogelha"ndler DerWaffenschmied DerZarewitsch DerZigeunerbaron DesKnabenWunderhorn DettingenteDeum DialoguesdesCarmelites DichterundBauer DidoandAeneas DieDreiPintos DieDubarry DieEntfu"hrungausdemSerail DieFeen DieFledermaus DieGo"tterda"mmerung DieLeichteKavallerie DieLustigenWeibervonWindsor DieLustigeWitwe DieMeistersingervonNu"rnberg DieRosevonStamboul DieScho"pfung DieToteStadt DieUngarischeHochzeit DieWalku"re DieZauberflo"te DieZirkusprinzessin Dinorah DonCarlos DonGiovanni DonnaDiana DonPasquale DonQuichotte DonSebastiano DuetfromthecomicoperaTheBarberofDarmstadt Edgar Eileen EinDeutschesRequiem EinNachtInVenedig EinsteinontheBeach EinsteinontheFritz(PhilipGlassspoof) ElAmorBrujo ElCapitan ElSombrerodeTresPicos Ernani Esclarmonde EteocleePolinice EugeneOnegin Euryanthe Falstaff Faust Fedora Fidelio Flavio Fortunio Fosca FraDiavalo FrancescadaRimini FrancescadaRimini (yes, 2 operas with that name.) FrauLuna Friederike GaiteParisienne GemmadiVergy GenevievedeBrabant GianniSchicchi Giovannad'Arco GirlCrazy GiulioCesare GiulioCesareinEgitto Goyescas Gra"finMaritza Griselda GuillaumeTell H.M.S.Pinafore Ha"nselundGretel Hamlet Herodiade Horrortorio ICapuletiediMontecchi Idomeneo IDueFoscari IfIWereKing IGioiellidellaMadonna IlBarbierediSiviglia IlBarbierediSiviglia/Elisabetta IlCorsaro IlDucad'Alba IlMatrimonioSegreto ILombardi IlPirata IlRePastore IlRitornod'Ulisse IlSignorBruschino IlTabarro IlTrovatore IMasnadieri Iolanthe IPagliacci IphigeniaenTauride IphigeniainAulide IphigeniainBrooklyn(cantata) IPuritani Iris ItHappenedinNordland IZingari Jeanned'Arc Jeptha Joseph Joshua JudasMaccabaeus Khovanshchina KingArthur L'Africaine L'Allegro L'AmicoFritz L'Arlesiana L'AssediodiCorinto L'Elisird'Amore L'EnfantProdigue L'HistoireduSoldat L'HonestanegliaAmore L'Honestanegliamori L'IncoronazionediPoppea L'IngannoFelice L'ItalianainAlgeri L'lledeTulipatan L'Orfeo LaBattagliadiLegnano LaBelleHelene LaBoheme LaCalisto LaCambialediMatrimonio LaCenerentola LaChansondeFortunio LaClemenzadiTito LaConstanzainamor LaDameBlanche LaDamnationdeFaust LaDonnadelLago LadyBeGood LaFanciulladelWest LaFavorita LaFilleduRegiment LaForzadelDestino LaGazzaLadra LaGioconda LaGrande-duchessedeGerolstein LaJuive Lakme LaPerichole LaPietradelParagone LaRondine LaScaladiSeta LaServaPadrona LaSonnambula LastRoseofSummer LaTosca LaTraviata LaVerbenadelaPaloma LaVidaBreve LaVieParisienne LaWally LeCalifedeBagdad LeChevaldeBronze LeCid LeComteOry LeCoqd'Or LeNozzediFigaro LeProphete LeRoid'Ys LesContesd'Hoffmann LesDiamantsdelaCouronne LesHuguenots LeSiegedeCorinthe LesIndesGalantes LesMartyrs LesPatineurs LesPecheursdePerles LesVepresSiciliennes Let'sFakeanOperaor LeToreador LeVilli Libuse LiebesliederWaltzes LindadiChamounix Lodoletta Lohengrin Lorelei Louise LoveoftheThreeOranges LuciadiLammermoor LucreziaBorgia LuisaMiller Lulu Macbeth MadamaButterfly MadamePompadour MademoiselleModiste Manon ManonLescaut MaomettoII MariadiRohan MariaStuarda MarinFaliero Maristella Maritana Martha Mass MassinBMinor Maytime Mefistofele MerryWar Messiah MetamorphosisonaBed-timeTheme Mignon Mireille MissaHilarious MissaSolemnis Mlle.Modiste Mme.Favart Monika Morning MorsetVita MusicInTheAir MyFairLady MyMaryland Nabucco Natoma NaughtyMarietta NixoninChina No (What's this? Turns out to be a truncated No, No, Nanette.) Norma NotreDame NutcrackerSuite Oberon OfTheeISing OGuarani OhKay Oklahoma OrangeBlossoms Orfeo OrfeoedEuridice OrpheeauxEnfers Orpheus Otello Ottone Overture Paganini Pagliacci ParideedElena Parisina Parsifal Patience PeterandtheWolf PeterGrimes PiratesofPenzance PorgyandBess Preciosa PrinceIgor PrincessIda Ptolemy QueenofSpades Radamisto Requiem Rienzi Rigoletto Rinaldo RioRita Roberta RobertoDevereaux RobinAdair Rodelinda RomeoetJuliette Rosalinda Rose-Marie Rosmondad'Inghilterra RobinsonCrusoe [list truncated] ME: sounding better all the time? Here's something from a Disney page about the Fantasia soundtrack, which we had talked about. On rereading, maybe they're saying how great the original recording still sounds, but I'm not sure. Donald Originally mastered on optical nitrate film, the Fantasia soundtrack was transferred in l955 to magnetic tape, then considered the ultimate in state-of-the-art technology. Disney engineers, well aware that nitrate undergoes progressive decay over time -- especially in the fragile sound medium -- regularly remastered Disney soundtracks onto magnetic tape as release schedules brought the films back into the public eye. The original Fantasia sound optical has suffered from degeneration over the years, establishing first-generation magnetic masters in its place. This process has laid the groundwork for periodic remastering with new technology. Interestingly enough, Fantasia was transferred via Class A telephone lines from the Disney Studios to RCA, a superior method of transmission. P.S. Superior to what? Mailing a dvd? THEE: Re: sounding better all the time? Thanks for the dope on "Fantasia." We'll have to give my LP a spin and decide if it possibly could have been recorded in the '30s. Tap. Wish me luck! ME: reminiscing... Hi Kitty [Brazelton], I was a Musica Orbis fan back in the mid-70s in Philadelphia. I enjoyed visiting your website recently and am glad to see you're still going gangbusters, music-wise. I'm pretty sure I had searched the web for Musica Orbis a while back, maybe a couple of years ago, and was disappointed to come up empty-handed. I'm guessing you're a bit of a packrat yourself, but if you want to see my collection of posters, fliers and programs, I'd be happy to lend them to you. I see I have about 10 items, including a Painted Bride poster (8.5 x 11) which I suppose I took off the door for myself after the concert was over. (Why not?) While writing this, I'm quite surprised to notice that my Musica Orbis material has dates from 1974 to 1977. I would have guessed you all were in my life for about 2 years. I was Listener No. 152 for "To The Listeners". When I received it I regretted not acting faster to get the smallest possible number, boo hoo. Nice record, by the way. I've played it occasionally over the years. It took a long time to warm up to a track or two that I considered "too jazzy" or "too funky". Hey, I cut my teeth on '60s British rock. But even if I had never come to dig them, that would have been fine; I don't expect any artist to hit the bull's eye of my personal tastes with every last thing he does. Which reminds me of a very fond Musica Orbis memory which I know I'll never do justice to trying to tell it. At one of the "4 Ways" concerts I was sitting next to a woman. At intermission it came out that this was her first Musica Orbis concert. For me it was probably about the fifth. She asked me what I thought of the show so far. I think I picked up some vibes that she felt she was partaking of something special, but that she hadn't really enjoyed what she heard. It was a set of almost exclusively "harder" and more experimental pieces (if you ask me.) I said something like, "I'm a big Musica Orbis fan, and I've heard about 10 sets in 5 concerts, but, to be honest, that was the least enjoyable one, for me, personally, so far." She breathed a big sigh of relief and exclaimed, "Oh, I'm so glad you said that!" I'm sure I went on a bit about how it was "perfectly ok with me because I've enjoyed so much of what they do, and artists aren't bound to do everything just for me anyway (and who knows, maybe one day I'll come to appreciate it?), but what worries me is that there are people like you who are hearing Musica Orbis for the first time, and developing an opinion based on that one set." Then in the second set Musica Orbis went heavy on the "nicve" and "pretty" and the "fun" things - like acoustic pieces with a dozen instruments going at once. My neighbor was in heaven. I can still picture her enthusiastic applause - hands over her head, big smile on her face. Thanks for coming through on that one! I felt like the music critic of the century. You mentioned various accolades received by Musica Orbis on your website. Didn't Philly station WMMR choose Musica Orbis as the "Best New Band" or maybe "Best Band, period" in 1976 or so? And I don't mean local band, but best of them *all*? I'm sure my memory hasn't made that one up. I have a tape of Musica Orbis playing on WMMR. It sounds pretty good, even though it has some flaws. The left channel is a bit distant, and WMMR had a few level goof-ups, and maybe a song got chopped when I had to turn the reel over. Worst of all, I paused the recorder to save tape while you did the Evergreen "Three teeny operettas" rap. I figured I didn't need to save that, having heard it a few times already. Now, of course, I'd love to hear it again - and I'm kicking myself! (I always had a funny little notion of crossing paths with you one day in a crowd and I would nonchalantly tart to sing to myself, "I went out to get/some cigarettes." I figured that would give you the surprise of your life! But now I've spoilt it, when the opportunity does arise, ha ha.) Since I'm rambling, I thought you as a songwriter might be interested in which lyric is stuck the most in my mind. I have no idea why, but when I bring Musica Orbis and your voice and persona to mind, I hear, "They call me Miss Pirelli, and hush when I walk by. The boys stayed in the boys' room, I had to coax them to comply." This was the case even before starting to work in recent years with elementary school kids. I've never been a "Mr." before and I hate it. What's wrong with first names? Keep up the good work. A few years ago I caught the opera bug and I hope to hear yours some day. ME: mickey mouse stuff Even though this is sort of old hat after talking about it at Hself's, there were some interesting things about the old Fantasia movie in here, so I thought I'd send it on. _________________________________________________________________ Walt Disney Records: Fantasia Soundtrack _________________________________________________________________ "Fantasia is timeless. It may run ten, twenty, thirty years. Fantasia --The New York Times "An earthquake in motion picture history." --Los Angeles Times "The screen's greatest departure since the introduction of sound." --Philadelphia Evening Bulletin "Nothing ever existed like Fantasia. To describe it is impossible. You must see it." --Esquire "Like Snow White, Fantasia marks a milestone in the development of cinema." --New York Herald Tribune "... a new kind of art, and that is the greatest praise one can give an artist." --Emil Ludwig "To my mind, Fantasia is the greatest contribution motion pictures have made within the ten years in which I have been actively engaged in community work for better films. It should be seen by every child and every adult, over and over again." --Educator Martha W. D. Addams "It gave me a sore butt, but I sat through it twice because I paid good money to see it." --Donald Sauter ME: nice guy Here's the Brahms story: Brahms was once reported to have left a party with the words, "If there is anyone here I have forgotten to insult, I apologize." ME: segovia story Here's about the only thing on the web I could find about the Danza Pomposa story. I wish there was some first-hand account. Lorenzo Micheli - 28th April 2001 The first half concluded with Tansmans Cavatina, written for Segovia in 1951. The searching Prelude, with its often unresolved harmonies, led into the rest of the suite. Sarabande introduced a kindly, gentle and reassuring voice; Scherzino, (the joke) parenthesised rhythmic song-dances of childhood in a more ambivalent setting; while the audience was lulled, almost mesmerised, by the undulating Barcarole as the video testifies! Here the suite would have ended, but Segovia was dissatisfied; so the composer wrote the final and perhaps ironically-named Danza Pomposa, in which the previous themes were entwined into a colourful and triumphant celebration. We'll have to take another look to find the earlier themes in the Danza Pomposa. Donald THEE: Re: 39559 to go Dear iz710, Some weeks ago I won an auction for "Washington Times" crossword puzzles from you. However, I have not heard from you. I may be forced to leave negative feedback! Don: Joke! Hmmm, you're not really going to count "My Fair Lady" as an opera, are you? Take care. ME: NAZIS... READ ALL ABOUT EM'!!! You got me curious about von Karajan's nazism. I found this discussion. I'm inclined to believe he wasn't so bad. Also some interesting comments on R. Strauss. Subject: Re: NAZIS! READ ALL ABOUT 'EM..... Newsgroups: rec.music.classical Date: 1998/09/01 Compare that to Herbert von Karajan, who although trying to curry favor with the NAZIs and refusing to comment or accept accountability for his signing party cards, couldn't get their ideology straight, married and refused to divorce a woman classified as jewish, got himself effectively banned from any decent position for the last 5 years of the Reich, hired and promoted black, asian, jewish artists, promoted women in orchestral hiring. Hitler couldn't stand him and Speer said so. There are a lot of opinions floating around, but these are facts. THEE: Re: Question >Where in your web sit do I find Fingering for guitar/?? Thanks The page that describes how to notate fingerings for guitar music is http://www.donaldsauter.com/guitar-fingering-notation.htm It also discusses what I see as the importance of a good fingering notation system. Keep in mind that all of this is independent of any discussion of what good guitar fingerings are, or how to find them. This is just about notating your chosen fingerings so that you can play a piece correctly from the second time onward, as long as you live. THEE: Carnival of Venice comments Just wanted to thank you for posting the tab to the Carnival of Venice variations. I too have the Classical Guitar book with the music, tried in vain years ago to write in some contorted fingerings, and gave up in despair. Even once you figured out the tuning it must've been a lot of work figuring out the tab; and then notating it in ascii. I did notice a possible error in the last few bars of the Finale. (6th,5th,4th, and 3rd from the end) where the music shows a bass arpeggio (E G# B B) but the tab seems to omit the G# and indicate an open 'B' string instead. _________|___________|____________|_0_0____|_0_0____|_0_0____|_0_0____|_0_3_4_0_6_7|_0_11_12____ _________|___________|____________|_0_0_0_4|_0_0_0_4|_0_0_0_4|_0_0_0_4|_0_____0____|_0__________ _________|___________|____________|_0_0_1_1|_0_0_1_1|_0_0_1_1|_0_0_1_1|_0_____0____|_0__________ ___9_7___|_4_-12_2_-9|____________|_____2_2|_____2_2|_____2_2|_____2_2|____________|____________ _7_____10|___________|_5_-12_4_-12|___0_0_0|___0_0_0|___0_0_0|___0_0_0|____________|____________ _________|___________|____________|_0______|_0______|_0______|_0______|_0_____0____|_0__________ Should be _________|___________|____________|_0_0____|_0_0____|_0_0____|_0_0____|_0_3_4_0_6_7|_0_11_12____ _________|___________|____________|_0_0_0_4|_0_0_0_4|_0_0_0_4|_0_0_0_4|_0_____0____|_0__________ _________|___________|____________|_0_0_1_1|_0_0_1_1|_0_0_1_1|_0_0_1_1|_0_____0____|_0__________ ___9_7___|_4_-12_2_-9|____________|_____2_2|_____2_2|_____2_2|_____2_2|____________|____________ _7_____10|___________|_5_-12_4_-12|_____0_0|_____0_0|_____0_0|_____0_0|____________|____________ _________|___________|____________|_0_4____|_0_4____|_0_4____|_0_4____|_0_____0____|_0__________ Also although it's notated correctly I wonder about the 8th measure of var 2 (not counting pick up). I'm still a long way from being able to play it properly but it sounds like the 1st beat should cadence on the E instead of the G# - maybe I'm just not playing and hearing the harmonic on the 4th beat properly. Anyway thank again for taking the time to post it. Without your efforts Ferranti's fine composition would have remained inaccessable to future generations. Kind of like Mendelssohn repopularizing Bach's music! I really enjoyed all your Beatle stuff too!! THEE: I am so delighted to hear that your guitar group is back together again. Nothing like time--the mighty healer. Also happy to know that you found the mysterious, missing manila folder with the articles about Elmer Booze [page turner]. THEE: Subject: Re: dots >It just sank in for the first time, the line in your letter from way back, "Oh, in Pavana #22, check the three dots and see how it plays out for you." >I'm feeling a bit dumb here, but, for the life of me, I can't figure out what those 3 dots mean. I don't recall noticing them before - otherwise I would have flagged them when I was generating my tablature. I guess that's the only place Mudarra put them? I give up, whadda they mean? The three dots are like an inner repeat or coda. The note at the very end of the pavana says "from here to the three dots". To end the piece, go back to the three dots instead of to the repeat sign at bar 17. I guess you could play the whole thing AA BB(dots) Fine. I wanted to make sure I had the three dots in the right place, and I think I got it right, judging from the way it sounds. And dots all dere is. Does it work? ME: don't mind me Whoops! Even before I got around to opening your last email, it hit me that you had told me what the dots were. You had written: >Discovered something interesting in AM22 (pavana for guitarra). There is an instruction at the very end: "De aq(ui) a los tres puntillos." (from here to the three dots). Lo and behold, there are three dots in a triangle configuration under m35 or m36r1! (The chords are 0232 and 5333 in that measure--there appears to be some confusion in the count.) It's like a dal segno, I guess. When I looked into it a second time after rereading your letter, all I could think was that the dots meant some right hand technique or something. That was *after* having already played it and thinking, "Cool! Just like the Baroque guitarists!" Don't know where my head is - I claim I was born with Alzheimer's. Yeah, the da capo sounds perfectly fine to me. And, to be honest, I don't see a problem with the rhythms in that area - although I'm probably missing something else right under my nose. Anyway, now I've had the fun of enjoying your discovery *two* times. Thanks, and sorry for the bother! THEE: Re: don't mind me I'm sure you're not the only one born with Alzheimer's; just ask my family. What are dots? (Just joking--I hope!) ME: Re: little book >Dear Donald, Is the Little Book of Music Anecdotes available in the music section of the Library of Congress? I went down to LC yesterday. Yes, they have it. Just put this on the call slip: ML65.K35 Kaufmann, Helen The little book of music anecdotes ME: scrabble dreams One of the "most interesting non-commercial sites", eh? So there's interesting commercial ones out there, haha? Almost every web search I do I wish I could click a box, "NO COMMERCIAL SITES!" Really, though, the internet is great. It's given me a place to dump my brain. I always figured in the last year of my life I would hire a writer and get everything down and publish up a book and send copies around to a bunch of libraries, a tiny fraction of which might not throw it out. (A book about peanut butter, *and* justice, *and* Family Feud, *and* classical guitar...???) My web site has snared a first grade friend of mine, who has been up to some amazing things in the last few decades. I've recently contacted the singer of the band I followed in my college days, Musica Orbis. I found a hillbilly record my mom has been dying to replace for the last 15 years on ebay... Amazing. About your looking for scrabble word lists, I hope by the time you finish my scrabble page I've at least got you wondering if that's what Scrabble is all about. As far as Scrabble study methods go, I truly recommend the little game I call Bingo Bop, described on the page. I believe the essence of good Scrabble is a feel for what letters to hang onto for the next play, and how many points you are willing to sacrifice now for future payoff. ME: I probably mentioned a while back I was volunteering at a local elementary school. I actually worked at Seabrook elementary school last year and have no reason not to expect to this year. It went very well. I worked with all the 3rd-graders two at a time for about 45 minute sessions all day long. I can't say for sure if I pulled their standardized test scores up - won't know until November. Maryland's MSPAP test is completely, totally insane. I swear it asks 3rd-graders some college level questions - not to mention questions without any good answers at all. Anyhow, I'm sure I helped to make them a stronger batch of 4th-graders. I feel perfectly at ease working with the kids, and they jump out of their seats for a chance to work with me. I was always hoping to avoid returning to a white-collar workplace and I could see doing this for a long time. I really appreciate the principal giving me a shot. ME: Re: Password >I would appreciate your opinion >The word is MEANINGFUL, my sister says it's okay to give the word THOUGHTFUL for a hint word.I disagree since they both have FUL. What do you think? I've been tending to my email, and can't remember if I wrote back to you already. If so, I hope I say the same thing! I have to agree with you, FUL is part of the password, so you can't use it in the clue word. I can sympathise with you sister a little since it seems like an insignificant part of the word, but still, I would rule against it. Keep in mind, I'm not the Password authority - just somebody trying to fix up the rules some to make it more fun - or at least to reduce nasty fights! Have you tried the alternate rules I propose at the bottom of my web page? They've worked well for my family. ME: This is Donald, guitar friend and fellow Justin Holland fan. Hope all is well. ... I remembered that after I sent off a few Holland-related pages last year (March) I didn't hear back. Not a big deal, because it wasn't anything very important, and I know what a burden correspondence is. But I was a little worried maybe I said or did something wrong. I sure didn't mean to - let me know if I did! Otherwise, just accept all my best wishes for your guitar career. And I'm still rooting for your grand idea of a multi-media documentary on the Justin Holland story! ME: banjo Just yesterday I was at the Library of Congress for the first time this summer, and I looked into something that had *never* occurred to me before: banjo and piano music. Turns out they had 6 boxes of such material dating from the 1880s and 1890s. Wow. That's eye-opening. I only found *one* American guitar & piano piece from that era. I suppose the conclusion is that the guitar, when combined with other instruments, was viewed almost exclusively in an accompanying role, something to take the place of the piano if you didn't have one of those. ME: Re: Carnival of Venice comments Thanks for the kind words! I almost never take a look at the number of hits my pages get (it can be kind of devastating!) but I noticed a few months ago that my Carnival of Venice pages had the smallest numbers of all. It was funny - the hits fell off the higher the variation number got, ha ha. Some things you do just because you have to do them, but it's really great if they're appreciated by someone. I will take a look at the error and fix it up as soon as I get a chance. Thanks for double checking me! ME: what is pravda Nothing much to report since the weekend, mostly just waiting for some scoundrel to send me the penny he owes me for a batch of sports crossword puzzles. Can't people read instructions anymore, I ask? That Handel aria album makes for splendid listening. I think you're on to something. Still, you need the complete Henry Purcell and Willibald Christoph Gluck, too. About My Fair Lady, hmmm... My first reaction to your question was a mildly defensive, well, no, it's not an opera, but it shows up by virtue of being cataloged with the rest of my collection of recently acquired records with non-pop screeching. But then I realized that I truly can't give an argument that My Fair Lady is not opera, unless one goes with the most narrow definition of opera that requires continual singing. But then, that makes the Magic Flute and Fidelio and Der Rosenkavalier and tons of other operas not operas. If an opera has talk, it's called a singspiel, so I guess I can safely call My Fair Lady a singspiel and nobody will bat an eye. Or, you could just decrement 441 by 1. Went down to LC yesterday for the fist time this summer... Looking into banjo and piano music from the 1880s and 90s, I was surprised to find a couple of [derogatory] songs by Arthur Godfrey, but it turns out the one we know is off the hook by virtue of being born in 1903. THEE: If you follow It's been a week of work, being tired, and dreaming of burning CDs. The issue I've been wrestling with today is how do I convert MP3s to wavs. Don't ask. It's the last thing I need, another computer fetish. Speaking of which, we should probably do some sort of A-B comparison with the CD I burned for you and some of the originals, just to make sure. I've also been reading the original "Exorcist" this week. It's addictive (also extremely gross in parts). The Beatles are mentioned. I didn't like the movie version of "My Fair Lady," by the way. THEE: Re: loose ends; banjo I did recieve the book, what a wonderful unlooked-for gift! I haven't had time to really get into it yet. I thought it was going to be the copy of "Golden Gems of Music", 1895, that I had won on eBay for $4, which claimed to have "special sections" for guitar and piano, banjo and piano, and guitar and banjo solo, among other things. Before you start salivating too much, the editor was either overambitious or unscrupulous. The only thing that's really there is one tune for mandolin and piano and a truncated theme and variations on I don't remember what by Arling Shaefer (sp?). Big disappointment; however, one piece, "The Origin of Thought" for piano solo by C. H. Northrup (the editor) may be worth the price by itself. Yeah, the guitar and banjo thing is a bit funny, but volume might be the issue. As you say in your web page, pianos can play "piano", but most pianists don't like playing that piano all the time. I need to put you in touch with a guy I met on the web who just went through Matanya Ophee's basement to get some old mandolin and guitar music out. Says he has some 19th. American solos. I'll get you two togetner if you like. My musical life is moving farther to the East these days, and I'm playing more shakuhachi than guitar, but when I get some leisure to really dig in to your book, I'll let you know how it goes. THEE: Re: guitar music Yes, I did recieve the music that you sent. To be honest, I haven't had the chance to spend too much time with it...man, have I got a lot of music to look at! Thanks again for reminding me of the Holland duos. I've had tons of fun with them in the past. Your idea for publishing them sounds interesting. I think that it would be fun to record the guitar versions! [As opposed to the operatic originals. The guitar duos have now been recorded: http://www.donaldsauter.com/justin-holland-guitar.htm#youtube ] ME: mountain o' music Thumbing through the Gale's LC Classes book I noticed the class for banjo & piano. This intrigued me since banjo music is fairly similar to guitar music. I was quite surprised that they had 6 boxes devoted to the class. Compare that with the *one* piece I found of 19th C. American guitar and piano music. That sure says a lot (I'm not exactly sure what) about the different ways they viewed the guitar and the banjo at the turn of the last century. I had a batch of cardboard boxes made to my specs for storing my records. I just couldn't come up with anything off-the-shelf that would do the job right. Most boxes are too big, considering how heavy records are. My boxes are 13 x 6 x 13, which make nice-sized bins, and can also be closed up and used to haul the records, if and when necessary. The boxes also work perfectly with my music collection, which had long since overflowed. Anyhow, after getting all my records filed away, I treated myself to a small record binge - just 23 discs. Among the many winners is a Metropolitan Opera production of La Perichole by Offenbach. Offenbach is fantastic - great music along with some good belly laughs. Perichole is also one of the operas arranged by my guitar hero Justin Holland. Amazingly (to me), the copyright year, 1868, of the guitar edition is the year Perichole had its premiere. >Naughty Marietta was delightful... I kept wondering if it was WC's orchestration but never had a chance to ask. Yer pullin' my leg there, right? >Speaking of finding bargain music, have you ever tried BMG? My guitar friend Norm is always showing me BMG deals. For now I'm still having a great time rooting through grungy old vinyl and shellac (or whatever 78s were made of). Knowing me, I'll probably get into CDs when they become antiques. By the way, I did something to my small CD collection which turned out quite nice. I've always hated the plastic cases. They're bulky and crack if you look at them. So I made CD covers like little album covers out of greeting card envelopes, and tossed out the dumb cases. You wouldn't believe how much more "compact" that is! >Just bought another ebay piece that is slightly trimmed on the bottom. It wun't me! >Someday when I retire & have unlimited free time, I'll created one heck of a website of sheet music from old musicals. Even better, I'll figure out how to create sound files of all these orchestrations! How's that for ambition? Not bad. But why not get rich and buy a radio station and hire an orchestra to play live 24-hours a day? One day I will buy 5 radio stations which will be devoted to formats of good music that aren't played anymore. (With my left-over money I will have excellent English translations made of the complete operettas of Offenbach and get them all produced. And with the remaining money I will buy an ice cream truck and go to a different neighborhood every day and give away free ice cream cones to the kids.) >I won't pay $13 or more for a darn postcard, even of a houn' dawg! I have one of the original b/w cards printed in Springfield as the tune was hitting it's stride. They used to make post cards of songs??? >>Do you know the song "Domino"? Just curious. >Don't think so . . . Name doesn't start any "effects" anyway. Tell me. I knew it for years from a bootleg Beatles record. Just thought it was Paul "sending up" George's song "I Me Mine" during the Get Back sessions. Never had any reason to think otherwise; it never generated any discussion among Beatle scholars. Most bootleg records didn't even get the title right, calling it Da-dee-da, or something. Then I got the shock of my life hearing it issue forth from one of my opera records, though it isn't an opera song, but was interpolated into a "gala" performance of Die Fledermaus. This performance has a hilarious interlude where a lot of guest singers perform at the count's ball, such as Leontyne Price singing "Summertime". (Count: "But Gershwin's not even *born* yet!") Amongst my old scribbles of things to mention in emails to you is "#10". I wonder what that means... THEE: Re: mountain o' music Just to make sure I don't forget to mention it, notice the new e- mail address. I came home to find our ISP had been changed unexpectedly while I was away. Yikes. . . I'm trying to think of all the ramifications of this one, such as all the people I must notify . . . not to mention my ebay ID. Hope there's a way to change my address without changing everything. >I've only been down LC once this summer - just last week, actually. It was a successful trip. I found everything specific I was looking for, including the page 4 you needed. I submitted the last straggler O'Hare call slips, which didn't turn up anything. Whew . . . How do your spell relief? That subject line of yours had me scared for a minute. I sorta need to go back to work before I can afford another mountain of music. ;-) Thanks for the missing page, however. >Thumbing through the Gale's LC Classes book I noticed the class for banjo & piano. What about piano & mandolin? Seems that the ragtime era also frequently used mandolin. >I had a batch of cardboard boxes made to my specs for storing my records. We have oodles of old 33-1/3s (and I have a few 78s) and not a working turn table in sight. How many CD players in the house? God knows, especially if you count those in the 4 computers. Four computers? Yeah, truly. Our 4-year old PC, my 2-year old lap top, and the computers our daughters bought for themselves for college. (They had a subsidy from grandparents.). Can you imagine what it's like trying to connect to the Internet around here this summer? Shucks, I have to get up EARLY in the morning or find a time when they're both at work. >>Naughty Marietta was delightful... I kept wondering if it was WC's orchestration but never had a chance to ask. >Yer pulling my leg there, right? Hey, not altogether. He did a medley overture orchestration, and another rather odd one--"Naughty Marietta Waltzes." The waltz medley arrangements, which he did for several shows, are "odd" because he turns any type of original song into a waltz. Guess it simplified dancing . . . >Knowing me, I'll probably get into CDs when they become antiques. You'd get along great with one of my uncles-in-law, Hself. Except he's like that about clothes. Buys new clothes, even stylish ones, then puts 'em away, unworn, for years. In the meantime, he continues to wear styles from 20+ years ago, hand washing everything. Says nothing ever wears out if one hand washes it. None of this has anything to do with finances. He had a terrific position with the Veterans' Administration for years and stashed away most of his earnings. Didn't even own a car many of those years. >>Just bought another ebay piece that is slightly trimmed on the bottom. >It wun't me! Yeah, yeah, yeah . . . so you say. Seems I recall your wanting to take home some of the copies from the LC so you could cover your goofs with a good trimming job. >Not bad. But why not get rich and buy a radio station and hire an orchestra to play live 24-hours a day? I already know an orchestra that would volunteer. Even have a goodly selection of WC O'Hare already in the repertoire. I suppose that I told you most of the orchs I had before you started to work came from old radio station collections in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The stations had the foresight to donate the music to the University of North Texas rather than trashing it. Seems they knew I'd come along years later . . . >One day I will buy 5 radio stations which will be devoted to formats of good music that aren't played anymore. (With my left- over money I will have excellent English translations made of the complete operettas of Offenbach and get them all produced. And with the remaining money I will buy an ice cream truck and go to a different neighborhood every day and give away free ice cream cones to the kids.) You forgot one thing: what kind of music will the ice cream truck play? AND if you ever get that rich, please let me in on your secret. >They used to make post cards of songs??? Only of smash hits! I have two houn' dawg cards and have seen pics of several more. I was suprised when I found the first one, which I wasn't able to buy. Months later I came across a possible explanation. In 1912, Missouri had an official postcard day, part of an effort to get people to migrate to the state. Towns, businesses, and clubs were encouraged to print cards. People were supposed to buy them and send them to everyone they knew out of state--all on the same day. A newspaper editor, who was smitten with the dawg song, went to Mountain Grove ... and photographed locals and a houn' dawg in appropriate dress and poses. I have one of those cards, but have seen a couple others. Not sure how many poses were printed, but apparently several. The other card I have is a color cartoon. Naturally, both contain a portion of the lyric: "You gotta quit kickin' my dawg aroun'.' THEE: Re: hello! Having a great time with your cd. It's making the rounds; first my friend Hself had it for a week or so, then I played it for my guitar friend Hself in Dale City. He was *very* impressed. Me, I already knew how great you are - although I didn't know you were a pianist and a whistler. Thanks again. ME: that shakespeherian rag, most intelligent, very elegant I guess you would have read it, too, but I saw in USA Today that the editor who made up the George Martin quotes about George Harrison resigned. I got a great book in the mail yesterday, "Ragtime" by Ed Berlin. There are lots of connections with the guitar music I find at the Library of Congress since the ragtime dates are 1896-1916. It was sent anonymously from a dealer, but I suspect my Oklahoma friend researching her great-grandfather is behind it. Funny about our My Fair Lady vs. opera discussion - right after your last email I played my "new" La Perichole by Offenbach, and the liner notes made big My Fair Lady references. "Listen to this version of La Perichole and you will have the feeling that it is in a way the equivalent for its own day of our My Fair Lady... I admire My Fair Lady enormously; it has taste and style and a touching laughter, and its music is apt..." This all from the New York Times music critic, no less. I searched my database and found that I have a mere one My Fair Lady song in my collection - I Could Have Danced All Night sung by Wagner-hollerer Birgit Nilsson. It's on that gala Fledermaus with Domino - did we hear some of it? Then I stumbled on a mention in Opera News of Nilsson often using it as an encore in her recitals. Lots of coincidences... Me, I still don't have the vaguest idea what the My Fair Lady story is. (Another Taming Of The Shrew?) Anyhow, now that these artificial barriers have been smashed, it's safe to reveal my favorite operatic aria: Some Enchanted Evening. ME: ready for american guitar? Just a reminder that I'd be glad to help you with 19th C. American guitarists at LC, whenever you're ready. That would give me an excellent reason to dig into the classes for original guitar music, as opposed to the arrangements, which I've gone over pretty thoroughly. >Also in a couple of months I will be getting back to you regarding 19th century American guitarists. Some of my favorites are Foden and De Janon. ME: thanks (to somebody) You'll never believe what I found in my mailbox yesterday! "Ragtime", by Ed Berlin! I can't imagine who sent it. They must've typed my address by accident (a million monkeys at a million typewriters?), but if they think I'm gonna return it, forget it. It's already undergone a rebinding operation - into 2 volumes actually. The 2nd booklet is all the footnotes so I can have them laid out while I read the chapters. It's also developing big, pink splotches [highlights] on all the pages I look at. Very strange... So cool - the very first page I opened to showed the cover of Patrol Comique, of which I have the guitar transcription. And in the first chapter, Paul Whiteman pops up a couple of times. The book I just finished reading was by Paul Whiteman. Other "pals" of mine popping up are, Zarh Myron Bickford, Virgil Thomson, and Wayne Shirley. Glad to see I wasn't the only one sort of confused about what ragtime is, precisely. Definitely lots of fun in store. When I'm done I'll let you know if Ed addressed my most burning ragtime question.
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