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LPO: London Philharmonic Orchestra

That's the one I didn't know!

(How many people do, I wonder..... I have doubts that "LPO" is a well known thing.)

Please, everybody, please tell me it isn't! ha
Everybody involved in classical music or who knows about orchestras in the UK knows what LPO stands for, as well as the ones I mentioned previously. (BTW, I'm not joking.)

And lots, lots more, like ROH (Royal Opera House), and of course the conservatoires RCM, RAM, RNCM, RCS etc.


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I think that Warsaw Concerto was "Dangerous Moonlight"

BTW, who wrote Brahms' Lullaby...

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Not a joke, but a humorous anecdote. Brahms was known to be a "practical jokester". His daily routine was to rise around 5am, have breakfast, and go for a walk in the woods, returning home to start his day of composing.

One morning after returning from his walk, the planned start of his musical activities was disturbed by a knock on the door from a reporter wanting to interview him. Annoyed by the interruption, he insisted that he was the composer's brother. He added that the composer had just left for his walk in the woods, and if the reporter hurries down a particular path, he should be able to catch up.


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Originally Posted by Sweelinck
.....Annoyed by the interruption, he insisted that he was the composer's brother. He added that the composer had just left for his walk in the woods, and if the reporter hurries down a particular path, he should be able to catch up.

You didn't tell the rest of it!

As I understand, it's like this:

".......and the reporter is still out there, presumably getting ever closer....."

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^ I remember being at a table quiz where there was an argument at one table over who wrote Ravel's Bolero.
The answer is, of course, Dudley Moore (in '10').
Reminds me of some funny questions I would add to my biology tests to get my students to loosen up a bit such as: "What color was Napoleon's white horse?" and "Who is buried in Grant's tomb?" Inevitably someone would whine, "How are we supposed to know that? You didn't teach that." I'd lower my chin and stare up at them.
To be fair, these questions can be trick questions. Like: "How long did the Hundred Years War last?" (116 years), or "Which country makes Panama Hats?" (Ecuador)
https://www.et.byu.edu/~tom/jokes/Worlds_Easiest_Quiz.html

We could add: "In which US state is Kansas City, home of the 2020 Super Bowl winning team?" (Missouri)
Or a musical question: "Who wrote the Diabelli Variations?" (Beethoven)

Who wrote the Kreutzer Sonata?

a. Rodolphe Kreutzer
b. Ludwig Van Beethoven
c. Leo Tolstoy
d. Leoš Janáček

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Bagpipes - Definition: An ill wind that no one blows any good.

What do you get if you throw a piano down a mine shaft - A flat minor.

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Originally Posted by Ferdinand
Who wrote the Kreutzer Sonata?

a. Rodolphe Kreutzer
b. Ludwig Van Beethoven
c. Leo Tolstoy
d. Leoš Janáček
In the same spirit:
Who did not write the Goldberg Variations?
1) Johann Goldberg
2) Johann Sebastian Bach
3) George Tabori

1 is correct.

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Who wrote Appassionata?

1) Jilly Cooper
2) Jackie Collins
3) W.A. Mozart

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Why did Bach have so many children?
His organ was baroque.

Oh, poor fellow. What was the problem?
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funniest I ever heard, but may not work in print--

Beethoven's girlfriend is leaving him--he says

"But--but--you can't leave me--you're my inspiration!"

"I inspire YOU? ha-ha-ha HAAA"

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funniest I ever heard, but may not work in print--

Beethoven's girlfriend is leaving him--he says

"But--but--you can't leave me--you're my inspiration!"

"I inspire YOU? ha-ha-ha HAAA"

Works. grin

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True story, from my student days.

In music theory class, the lecture topic was The Bells symphony of Rachmaninov.

Professor: The harmonic technique is rather unusual. It is not modal, strictly speaking...yet it includes certain modal elements. It's hard to put a precise label on it.

(Student raises his hand)

Professor: Yes?

Student: Would it be fair to call it quasi-modal ?

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huh---true stories are allowed? here's mine, not a joke per se--

at conservatory, the first thing they did was a placement test, see where you should start in various classes. In a big auditorium, maybe 200 new students. Outside, heavy construction is going on, with all kinds of noises going on--motors, grinding sounds etc.

well, the ear testing begins with relative pitch discernment. The proctor hits an "a" on the piano. Through the window comes a metallic screech--the same "a". There's a bit of a laugh as we write our answer. Then the proctor hits an "e", and the machines oblige with the same "e". The room breaks up.

true story.

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Originally Posted by rogerzell
funniest I ever heard, but may not work in print--

Beethoven's girlfriend is leaving him--he says

"But--but--you can't leave me--you're my inspiration!"

"I inspire YOU? ha-ha-ha HAAA"

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A violinist and pianist are giving a recital. After the violinist announces the next piece, the pianist turns to him and says, "The Prokofiev is next? I just played the Prokofiev." (Actually it was a cartoon.)

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