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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:18 am    Post subject: Ghost forum Reply with quote

Tapkaara and I had a mini Brahms-discussion in the "Lurking" thread, no link, you all know where it is. Then I thought of this mini-joke.

What do you call a discussion forum with over a thousand members but no posts?

The Brahms Forum.

My deepest condolences to Brahms-lovers. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poor, poor Brahms!!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great joke, but Tapkaara wasn't it Nadia Boulanger who once remarked Poor, poor Sibelius. But by pure coincidence I put one in for Brahms earlier today on the 'Whats that lurking in your Cd' thread.--kp

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always wondered about Nadia Boulanger. She taught so many of the 20th century's composers...but who was she? She herself was not a composer of any reputation...I suppose her sister LIlli was to some extent. Unless I've mised something painfully obvious, why was she so in demand if she, herself, was no great composer. Seems strange to me.

And for someone like that to make the comment "Poor, poor Sibelius"...well...I rest my case.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, she was an influential teacher in America. Copland and Virgil Thomson come to mind--hey I wonder why they turned out anti-Sibelian? In my view as a composer she was not qualifyed to lick Sibelius's boots--kp Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wasn't she in paris rather than the usa?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Boulanger was in Paris. But I think Pete was getting at that she was so influential to American composers, thus influential to the American musical scene. Ned Rorem commented that she was the most influential musical figure of all time (!) due to the extent of her teaching.

I still don't get how a composer of no real reputation (one of her great accomplishments was winning 2nd place at the Prix de Rome one year) could have been so sought after for budding composers. I mean, composers might as well come and study with me.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The above post by Tapkaara was the 3000th post at the Sibelius Forum!

Congrats to us all!
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