[f_minor] Fw: Last minute Christmas present?

Pat pzumst at bluewin.ch
Sat Dec 14 17:51:14 MST 2013

Hi all

Thanks to Mary for that suggestion. Since I like bad reviews I will look into it.

But hey kids, so far this year has not seen a chrissie music recommendation thread so I’ll start one. 

Is the season also getting on your nerves ? Too much hype, hypochrisy, lies, more lies and no escape from all the noise and bigottry where everybody wishes you a merry chrissie while you wish they just bugger off and stop pretending they are enjoying themselves right now ?

Well, Anonymous 4 is a female quartet from New York specialized in medieval chant (but not just), their singing is ideal if you want to chill out, pull the plugs, take a break and relax. And they have also recorded a few chrissie-related albums.

Of course the music was meant for religious, er, activities, but it works well as “ambient” music, since the music itself is most beautiful and ideal if you want some peace, quiet and reflection time. I would recommend, if I may, the following two records (with samples):


From: michael macelletti 
Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2013 1:17 AM
To: f minor 
Subject: [f_minor] Fw: Last minute Christmas present?

oops, sorry  about that.   meant to go to my only student who  plays  only bach,  ( it. concerto, goldberg ),  and loves  postings  such as this. 

anyway,     HAPPY HOLIDAYS  !!

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: michael macelletti <mmacelletti at sbcglobal.net>
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. <f_minor at glenngould.org> 
Sent: Saturday, December 14, 2013 7:06 PM
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Last minute Christmas present?

and thanks for the cool scarf !      i do intend to use it.          p.s. i forgot to return the history boys.   next time or i'll drop it in your mailbox when i return. - you are really doing very well with really tough works. good mind, good hands. gotta have both. and you do.     

From: maryellen jensen <maryellenjensen28 at hotmail.com>
To: "f_minor at glenngould.org" <f_minor at glenngould.org> 
Sent: Saturday, December 14, 2013 5:52 PM
Subject: [f_minor] Last minute Christmas present?

For the music lover in the family who already has all the latest box sets, all the latest dvds:

"Lexicon of Musical Invective"
 Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time
by Nicolas Slonimsky

This, on Beethoven's 'Eroica': 
"The Heroic Symphony contains much to admire, but it is difficult to keep up admiration of this kind during three long quarters of an hour. It is infinitely too lengthy ... If this symphony is not by some means abridged, it will soon fall into disuse." - (The Harmonicon, London, April 1829)

This on Debussy's 'L'apres midi d'un faune':
"M. Claude Debussy is unknown so far as the great public is concerned. A Faun's Afternoon was certainly fin-de-siecle enough as a title. As a wit remarked, the next would no doubt be The Five O'Clock of a Nymph! The work itself is a curious fantasie, full of unprecise harmonies and fleeting phrases... There was a large and unimproved opportunity for some beautiful pastoral melodies. But then melodody is not the fashion, of course. - (Musical Courier, New York, October 28, 1895) 

This on Wagner's 'Siegfried': 
"I cannot admit that Siegfried is a great work, unless tediousness is greatness. Not from the first strain of the opening overture to the last crash of sound as the play ends, is there a solitary melody. The story is simply a chaotic mass of triviality and filth. Where it is not silly it is dirty... Any half-hour of it, from first to last, would make you blush, if you had a face on you as hard as a bronze statue, and a moral nature as tough as a section of New York pie-crust." - (Sunday Herald, London, May 30, 1882)

You can just begin to imagine what was written and published about Bartok, Berg, Mahler, Schoenberg, Stravinsky... 

This is a marvellous "all in one" collection of multi-lingual historical music criticism destined for any music lover or anyone curious to know if anyone else 'hates it' as much as they do - but wasn't afraid to say so hahaha.

And you thought the critics were tough on GG? Wait till you read this collection on composers,

available at Amazon and others,




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