A certain cellist wants a reply to a question of programming: which Haydn pieces to play next month for a children’s concert at the Y?
Fri, Apr 4, 2008 at 11:52 AM
subject Haydn programme??????
Thoughts, please – or else… Medtner for you, my boy.
I’ll wait while the chills run down your spine. To be threatened with Medtner! Don’t the Geneva Conventions apply to me? I’m a citizen! I have rights! Is there a Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Musicians?
I needed a legal opinion. I was Googling away and was sifting through pages and pages on Post-Medtner Traumatic Syndrome when I noticed a small link …
The Artistic Director, consistent with the doctrine of unitary executive, may suspend habeas corpus for children’s concerts and other wartime situations …
I realize this is dark humour (spelling for the cellist in question), and not really funny at all, when you think about it. I am choosing not to think about it?
Maybe we could lighten the mood with a musicological/geological (and inevitably somewhat scatological) tongue twister:
Liszt’s mistress sifts schists.
This courtesy the marvelous Fred Sherry. And if you’re not titillated by that, how about this fabulous interview with Robert Craft in the erudite magazine Arete, courtesy the also marvelous Carol Archer:
Craft In 1911 Stravinsky sent the composer Maurice Delage a nude photograph of himself in profile, with the upwardly mobile nozzle prominently exposed, and during a vacation in his country residence, they were joined by the notoriously homosexual Prince Argutinsky, whose correspondence, still in private hands in Paris, is a major source untapped by Stephen Walsh. Stravinsky’s pride in his [scandalous word indicating male member] is most evident in a note to Diaghilev, responding to a letter from him in a depressed mood: “If I cannot help you with my music, what can I help you with? Despite my admiration for my male member, I am not willing to offer you consolation with it.” (22 February 1922: Biarritz.)
Areté Is “upwardly mobile” a metaphor meaning that his [scandalous word indicating male member] was capable of erection? Or that it was semi-erect, or “fluffed” for the photograph?
Craft Fluffed, I suspect. Tautening at any rate.
New Musicologists, back to your word processors!!! Stravinsky’s entire oeuvre needs to be reinterpreted, pronto, in the light of this blatant nozzle hubris. I expect your dissertations on my desk by May 16, 2008, along with bottles of Hendrick’s Gin, which I will need to get through them; here are some titles to get your juices flowing:
The Mobile Nozzle: A Re-examination of Harmonic Tautening in Middle Period Stravinsky
Fluffing Pergolesi: A Pornographic Paradigm for Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne