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Leo K



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:22 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Nick wrote:
Leo K wrote:
Interlude...

Here I go into a little rambling...

One time I traveled to Aspen, Colorado to attend the famous Aspen
Music Festival. My main objective was to hear Das Lied Von Der Erde
by Mahler (I was able to attend rehearsals). I brought Swafford's
bio on Ives with me to read before concerts. On one occasion this
nice student, named Wynonna, saw the book and laughed and said they
were just talking about Ives during a Beethoven rehearsal. Wynonna
was conducting the Beethoven 4th and somehow a group of her players
was playing another tune at the same time, and someone said it
sounded like Ives.

One time my music theory professor, Kevin Dobbe, took out the score
to the 2nd movement of Ives's Three Places in New England and had me
follow the score with him while blasting the stereo at top volume.
We were both awed at the metric complexity and my professor's
running commentary was illuminating. He was like a kid opening up a
christmas present. Another student came in the room and said, "What
the hell is this? What are you doing?" Professor Dobbe is saying,
"Not now! Wait till this is over!" Dobbe would tell me Ives was also
a great mathmatician, and then he would grab some chalk and draw up
on the chalkboard how Ives would write with six or more different
time signatures at once and etc. If I had been a better student I
could've learnt more! But back then I was quite unfocused!


Leo, I'm sorry I haven't been thanking you enough for this and the Mahler thread. Even though I haven't kept up with the text and music I have been reading off and on. Passages like the above I enjoy reading very much--thanks!


Thanks for the feedback Nick...I'll try to include some personal stories as I write these posts...I'm used to The Mahler Board where personal posts are not even acknowledged, most posters there want just facts and figures and etc...pretty boring.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:21 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Great material on Ives, Leo! Any chance you might be able to post a needledrop of the Kirkpatrick "Concord Sonata" recording? Or direct a fella to a good online source for used "western classical" recordings on vinyl?
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Leo K



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:45 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Greg H wrote:
Great material on Ives, Leo! Any chance you might be able to post a needledrop of the Kirkpatrick "Concord Sonata" recording? Or direct a fella to a good online source for used "western classical" recordings on vinyl?


Thanks Greg!

Funny you should mention the Kirkpatrick Concord...I just bought this vinyl at a used record shop the other day (I just got a new turntable). I love this record and it's nice to have a copy again since I sold my last copy years ago (I'll never do that again).

I don't have the equipment to record a needle drop yet, but have you tried ebay? I think there is a Kirkpatrick currently on sale if I recall. This is where I get alot of records.

I'm glad you're enjoying the thread...I'm currently working on the rest of the 4th Symphony commentary.
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