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Re: What question would you ask a deceased composer?
lilylady #1735420 08/17/11 09:09 PM
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Dear Liszt - can you add the Heaven movement to your Dante Symphony?? If you went to heck, well you can always boost the Dante symphony and sonatas...


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lilylady #1735426 08/17/11 09:16 PM
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I suppose I could ask Chopin this question: "Can you please visit me every day and let me know if one day you have some other commitment at our normal time?" wink



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I would ask Chopin whether he is/was gay.

and also, I would ask him whether those tasteless two loud chords at the end of his sonata in b flat are really his, and if yes, whether he only added them to tell the public when to start clapping.

... and whether he likes it that they buried part of him in Paris, cut his heart out of his corps and brought that to Poland.

... and whether he likes it that contrary to his wishes his posthumous work was not destroyed. (A.O. that (in his own view) aweful phantasy-impromptu)


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argerichfan #1735628 08/18/11 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by argerichfan
[quote=Ferdinand]To LBV:
It totally saps the forward momentum of the exposition, and repeats a very dramatic and a 'once-in-a-lifetime' introduction which has none of its astounding impact a second time around.

I feel the exact same way about the Chopin Bb minor.



Exactly, the effect would all be gone on the repeat in the Pathetique. And, as you say, in the Chopin it shouldn't be done either, here a case of "the forward momentum being sapped".


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... and whether he likes it that they buried part of him in Paris, cut his heart out of his corps and brought that to Poland.



I think I've read that this was a request of his, or, at least, it was a request of his that his heart were removed from his body for he feared that he would be buried alive (not that an uncommon fear during the 19th century, I believe).


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Originally Posted by Mark_C

I think of all the great composers, Chopin is the one on whom we're the furthest from really knowing 'how it goes.'


Why do you think this?


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I think of all the great composers, Chopin is the one on whom we're the furthest from really knowing 'how it goes.'


Why do you think this?


I think we're so far off of playing how CHopin intended it that he would be considered the worst candidate if he entered the Chopin Competition in Warsaw.

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On the way back from Majorca, where he'd almost died, Chopin wrote to ask one of his friends in Paris to go to his apartment and take a certain packet out of his desk and burn it unopened. I'd ask him what the heck that was all about.

Also to Chopin, "What did you see in George Sand?"

Also to Beethoven, "Who was the Immortal Beloved? Was Karl your nephew or your son?"


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"I would ask Chopin whether he is/was gay."

This to me has about as much interest as asking if he liked hamburgers better than hotdogs (if they had those then)..

I mean it's your dime and all that, but I just don't see the appeal.

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Did you ever believe your music would have such a profound on the world for all time?

I wish there was like a retreat where you could go live for however long you wanted that could somehow mimic the conditions that existed for which the great composers got their inspiration from. smile


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Originally Posted by cardguy
"I would ask Chopin whether he is/was gay."

This to me has about as much interest as asking if he liked hamburgers better than hotdogs (if they had those then).....

Yes indeed -- but I have more of an issue with that next thing he said.... ha

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I would ask him whether those tasteless two loud chords at the end of his sonata in b flat are really his, and if yes, whether he only added them to tell the public when to start clapping.


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I would ask Scriabin to complete and perform the Mysterium.

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I would ask Scriabin to complete and perform the Mysterium.

You do realize, of course, that a performance would have marked the end of the world!

(And, he thought, the beginning of a new and better one, but that's just speculation.) grin

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"What was your musical training like between the ages of 7 and 15?"

This is the one part of composers' lives that we have basically lost. Except for a few tidbits here and there - about Beethoven and Neefe, or Brahms improvising gypsy music in houses of ill-repute, we actually know very, very little about what made them into the giants we recognize today.


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To Schubert: "Can you finish the Unfinished Symphony?"



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Originally Posted by ChopinAddict
To Schubert: "Can you finish the Unfinished Symphony?"
Good one!


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Originally Posted by cardguy
"I would ask Chopin whether he is/was gay."

This to me has about as much interest as asking if he liked hamburgers better than hotdogs (if they had those then)..

I mean it's your dime and all that, but I just don't see the appeal.


I'm in complete agreement!!!! And this too, WHY would you want to know. It would(to me) spoil the wonder of his music to remember every time I played his music that he was gay.

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