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1  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Off-topic bin / English on: July 08, 2022, 06:42:06 pm
Dearest greek, may I say that I most heartily endorse your opinion of the "lower classes" in their seeking mindless merriment: vulgarity I abhor and I will have no truck with levity. Throughout my long and highly distinguished academic career (you can google my thousand-year-old artefacts) I have sought to winnow the wheat from the chaff, invariably finding the former to come from the higher classes. Your posts are so well-informed that I feel we are kindred spirits. I can send you a picture of my latest bit of Anglo-Saxon scrim should you happen to have a penchant for such things - I somehow sense that you do. Perhaps we could exchange notes as to how to improve the forum.

Oh dear, it seems that non-academic souls like many of us have little place here. I can't even spell "ondes martenot" correctly! Anyway, now I have gathered my thoughts I turn to this evening's "donging" session somewhat humbled.
2  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Books about composers and music / Re: Orchestration on: July 07, 2022, 10:17:35 pm
Orchestration, by Cecil Forsyth
https://ulozto.net/file/yYLDTBSbZGzv/orchfors-rar

The password is "again".



This is a very old book. Some of my friends here in Germany play electrical instruments. I think they are in the orchestra now. What would you suggest for our music, which we write on our own!? Many thanks.

There is the onds martinot, I think that's what it is called. I saw one at the Proms once and it was spooky, rather like the Clangers in fact! As to other electricals, I used to enjoy the stylophone - or was that batteries only?
3  Linguistics / Artificial intelligence / Re: Handbook on: July 03, 2022, 11:57:39 am
To what does this appertain? If it's a handbook or Haynes Manual for my ancient Metro (1989) I'm all for exploring, as the steering is a bit wonky and regular clouds of noxious fumes emanate from the exhaust if I push it over 40 mph. I wish the damn thing had artificial intelligence - it could drive itself then and save me the hassle. Alternatively, if it's a handbook for my Kenwood washing machine that would be very useful since I've lost mine and don't know what temperature will get the greasy stains out of my slacks. Many thanks in advance.

 :)
4  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Off-topic bin / Posts not about the topic! on: July 02, 2022, 09:52:21 am
Greek  this is beyond the original intent of this forum   The name of the Forum is the Art-Music Forum   see  also the logo at the top of the page.  If we add language... then lets add automechanics.. how to fix my jeep...  how to cure ED....and how to get well after cancer....etc...

 :D :D :D

...I'd also like to know how to confidently predict the winning lottery numbers by consulting the spirit world, how to turn water into wine and the best way of preventing earthquakes.

Rather makes my ranunculus bulbosus quandary and knitting-pattern swap suggestion pale into insignificance.

 :)
5  Introduction / Suggestions and ideas for improvements to the forum / Members' other interests on: July 01, 2022, 07:42:44 pm
As the remit of the forum is inevitably widening, perhaps other sections might be added relating to members' other interests. One of mine is gardening and I'm suffering from a persistent outbreak of ranunculus bulbosus (St Anthony's turnip) which is playing havoc in my borders. I also enjoy knitting whilst listening to music, so an exchange of patterns might be an interesting topic.

 :)
6  Introduction / Suggestions and ideas for improvements to the forum / Re: The FUTURE of this FORUM on: June 30, 2022, 09:45:14 am
Having watched AMF for years from the sidelines I personally used to enjoy Dundonnel's scholastic approach and Albion's entirely random approach in equal measure. There now seem to be nothing but lists and uploads with no discussion or humour. Still, there's always UC I suppose, always a rib-tickler.

I, for one, agree. The title 'Forum' surely implies 'discussion', of which there now seems to be precious little. It seems more of a blog than a forum.

Now it includes the vast subject of linguistics, is the forum remit becoming too expansive again? I just looked at the subject-board and was quite overwhelmed. Is this now the place to learn where to put an apostrophe or how to write Scheidt in Cyrillic?
7  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) on: June 10, 2022, 03:06:18 pm
And the Diabelli Variations are definitely music to nod off to methinks, but their sheer boredom pales into insignificance compared with Beethoven's other variation sets...

 ::)

Sheer ignorant heresy! I play them frequently and never cease to find delight even as my fingering goes awry.

 >:(
8  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) on: June 10, 2022, 02:21:16 pm
I think Berkeley was pretty inconsistent - there is certainly some lovely stuff including the Four Poems of Saint Teresa, but sometimes the symphonies sit quite static and Nelson is a total bore. What else is in the British and Irish Music Archive? I can't seem to find it.

 ::)
9  Introduction / Suggestions and ideas for improvements to the forum / Re: The FUTURE of this FORUM on: June 09, 2022, 06:50:52 pm
Having watched AMF for years from the sidelines I personally used to enjoy Dundonnel's scholastic approach and Albion's entirely random approach in equal measure. There now seem to be nothing but lists and uploads with not much to promote discussion or humour. Still, there's always UC I suppose, always a rib-tickler.
10  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / String quartets / Re: Reinhold Glière on: June 09, 2022, 05:13:17 pm
Not being a great fan of chamber music, it seems to now be the mainstay of AMF to the detriment of other genres. Perhaps other members welcome this?

 :o
11  MEMBERS' CORNER / Miscellany / Re: Let down by Mediafire on: June 02, 2022, 01:23:12 pm
I had been planning to post a long series of concert videos, the first of which has a size of 300 megabytes. Not too large, but when I tried to upload it to Mediafire it got as far as 110 megabytes and stopped.

Uloz is the most reliable alternative I know, but how would that go down with our members?

Hello! What is Uloz? Reminds me of a washing-powder that was advertised as "Use Less", perhaps they may have beneficially omitted the gap... Where is all this lovely British music? I like quartettes and quintettes. Thank you for giving links to these! Merry May!

 :)

Dear Fanny, send me a personal message for a link to the archive, should you require it. It's always great to see new members interested in such obscure repertoire! I like your rather antiquated spelling...

 :D

I am glad that you got the link. There will be much to explore! What are your particular interests (musical)?
12  MUSIC OF ALL ERAS / Individual composers / Re: John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948) on: June 02, 2022, 01:08:35 pm
John Blackwood McEwen: Solway Symphony (No. 5) in C♯ minor (1911) The London Philharmonic/ Mitchell Chandos

This arrived today! I have listened to this via homemade cdr's & it didn't,exactly,excite me! I'm wondering if having the shiny cd & nice booklet with all the trimmings,will make a difference. It often does!! (Not with Rufinatscha,it didn't! ;D). There are influences readiy audible in the orchestration here! Strauss & Wagner,some impressionism. It all makes for a heady concoction,with some,colourful,,stirring,late romantic style orchestration! The second movement (moonlight) really is gorgeous! Again,what a difference the hard,shiny disc & trimmings make! (Or,maybe it is just a question of birates & Ned Luddite is just c*** at making cdr's?!) Lovely! I will,certainly,look out for Chandos' cd of McEwen's Border Ballads,now! And looking at the list of composition's on McEwen's Wikipedia page,there's plenty more for an enterprising recording label to explore! Whether,it's all worth recording or the scores are extant,I don't know? But this'll do nicely,for now!😊



Hooray, another McEwen fan! Get all three Chandos discs of the major works including Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity and have a listen to the early A minor Symphony which is in the archive (PM me if you don't have the link). McEwen has such a distinctive voice, albeit with the influences you mention (who can exist on a musical island?), that he strikes me as well worth a go - Solway and Grey Galloway are probably the best places to start, but there's much more to explore certainly. As with Potter, Sterndale Bennett, Parry, Mackenzie, etc. he got increasingly bogged-down with administrative duties to the detriment of his own creative time...

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Indeed I am! Stirring stuff! I will certainly look out for the cd of John Blackwood McEwen's Border Ballads. I'm just waiting for one of the Seller's to drop the price! (Around a Fiver!) I've been spending allot of dosh,this last week,on.........shock horror.......paper reference books! :o I've been meaning to stock up for some time! They'll be useful to have around as I don't always want to go cross-eyed looking at this pc screen! (I'm going to look like Ben Turpin!! They'll also be useful if I go offline again,at some point! I'm not to keen on the library now,since the librarian's started SHOUTING TO EACH OTHER! :o  :((Apparently,the church like atmosphere in public libraries puts young people off!!)

I think I'll start with the orchestral works,though!

What a lovely portrait! Can this be the delirious result of surfeited McEwen-addiction? I must investigate...
13  MEMBERS' CORNER / Miscellany / Re: Let down by Mediafire on: May 31, 2022, 08:03:00 pm
I had been planning to post a long series of concert videos, the first of which has a size of 300 megabytes. Not too large, but when I tried to upload it to Mediafire it got as far as 110 megabytes and stopped.

Uloz is the most reliable alternative I know, but how would that go down with our members?

Hello! What is Uloz? Reminds me of a washing-powder that was advertised as "Use Less", perhaps they may have beneficially omitted the gap... Where is all this lovely British music? I like quartettes and quintettes. Thank you for giving links to these! Merry May!

 :)
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