Romantic Composer Comrades were Common. Musical composers are the avant-guard of civilization. Avant-guard defines a group of artists, musicians, or writers working with new and experimental ideas and methods. Without composer comrades, it is doubtful that we would ever know who Franz Schubert was. Composers are vital to a civilization. Yet, they are like babies. They need help. Such was the case with Franz Schubert. He only lived to age 31. Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime, Schubert left behind more than 600 secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of piano and chamber music.
Women out West: Rodeo. Copeland wrote Rodeo in 1942 as a Ballet in One Act. The Ballet Russe of Monte Carlo commissioned choreographer Agnes de Mille to collaborate with Aaron Copeland on the Rodeo project. I found a score arranged for piano. The arrangement is copyrighted by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. It was printed in 1962. It has six principle sections:
- First Episode: Buckaroo Holiday
- Second Episode: Corral Nocturne
- Ranch House Party
- Third Episode: Saturday Night Waltz
- Fourth Episode: Hoe-Down
Women Out West Had to Find Suitable Men!
Basically, throughout the American southwest, the Saturday afternoon rodeo was a tradition. Usually, it was followed by an evening dance at the Ranch House. Copland’s Rodeo uses this basic western concept. As a matter of fact dating between the sexes was problem confronting all American women since early pioneer times. The question has been how to get a suitable man? Most likely, it is still a problem everywhere.
Women Out West Relished the Saturday Evening Dance.
On Saturday evening, after the Rodeo, social time was shared by dancing the square dance. The principle theme of Copland’s Hoe-Down in Rodeo uses a square dance tune called Bonypart. Of course this is a humorous reference to Napoleon Bonaparte.
Agnes de Mille describes the basic concept for choreography: “Throughout the American Southwest, the … dance was a tradition. On the remote ranches, as well as in trading centers and the towns, the “hands” get together to show off their skill in roping, riding, branding and throwing. Often, on the more isolated ranches, the rodeo is done for an audience that consisted only of a handful of fellow-workers and women-folk. Any neighbors that attended often had to do an eighty mile or so run-over to witness the event.”
I, the blogger, also wrote a ballet called The Dance of the Zodiac. It also features the bull, as in the rodeo. Only it appears as the symbol of Taurus. Enjoy this internal link to my own ballet.
Instrumental Versus Vocal – Which One Dominates at any particular time? Secular cultures have greater emphasis on instrumental. Religious cultures emphasized more vocal music. Troubadours and jongleurs elevated the dominance of instrumental music in Medieval times. How did they come about? The oldest mention of the word troubadour as trobadors is found in a 12th-century Occitan text by Cercamon. The sixteenth century Italian historian Giammaria Barbieri was perhaps the first to suggest Arabian influences on the music of the troubadours. With instrumental versus vocal, the former comes out ahead in this case. Later scholars like J.B. Trend have asserted that the poetry of troubadours is connected to Arabic poetry written in Spain.
Exterior of the Troubadour in 2006
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Instrumental Versus Vocal Plays Out
- Instrumental music was given a boost by the Crusades. War and hardship also resulted from the Crusades. But, these Holy Pilgrimages also brought about free flow of ideas to Europe from the Middle East. Author Theodore M. Finney in A History of Music goes so far as to state: …”the development of harmony may sometime need to be rewritten giving much more weight to Eastern influence. Eastern being Arabian influence.”
- Instrumental music, Finney states, was at first fashioned by what he calls “rough people”. This simply means people who did not dwell in towns or villages. They used instruments to accompany their wanderings with their flocks of goats or sheep. . Also, they would play for their own dancing. These activities, in turn, gave rise to instrumental secular music.
Here are two class systems that gave rise to more instrumental music. This system involved the division between Troubadours and Jongleurs. This music was performed by groups of musicians known as troubadours,trouvères, and jongleurs. The troubadours and trouvères were active in France. The troubadours to the south. Trouvères to the north. They were medieval poet musicians that catered to the upper class, or the nobility. Oftgen they were noblemen themselves.
The Jongleurs were often collaborators or assistants of Medieval Troubadours or Minstrels. Jongleurs gained a reputation of itinerant entertainers of Medieval France and in Norman England. Many were deemed to be vagabonds. They wandered from court to court with their music.
Finally, with regards to the featured picture. David Rubinoff is on the left. Fritz Kreisler is on the right. They were royalty of music. We can compare them to the troubadours. Dave made as much as $500,000 annually by performing on the violin and conducting for the Paramount Theaters in New York and Paramount pictures in Hollywood. For some 15 years I was his accompanist and arranger. Enjoy this caricature of a classic jongleur to troubador Rubinoff to realize an exaggerated difference.
Music Prolongs Life of Rubinoff and His Violin – DSO Works
Traditional Employment includes types of people and places. Any new year is a time for reflection: What happened or didn’t happen last year? What might happen this year? Since this new year (2019) is about to begin, I thought I’d reflect on previous jobs. I seem to have a predilection for working with: (1) Successful older people. (2) Spectacular older places. By traditional I refer to: (1) Great places built over 100 years ago. Or, (2) Successful men who, at the time, were old enough to be my grandfather or possibly great-grandfather at the time of employment.
Traditional Employment by Rubinoff and His Violin
I learned the musical craft of arranging and accompanying from Rubinoff. He conducted the Paramount Theater in New York and Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. What a perfectionist! After working for 8 hours during the day, at night he’d change his mind. The next day we did a different 16 bars. Dave’s Stradivarius violin was purchased for $100,000.00 in 1929. He made about $500,000.00 annually in the 1930′ by conducting and performing. It seemed like the “His Violin” was his marriage contract with music.
Traditional Employment at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House
For better than 15 summer seasons I played piano for shows at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in Deposit, New York. The resort was born in 1869. What a wonderful time our family had. Our children literally grew up in the Catskills at Scott’s. Playing many shows as well as our own (with wife, Sharon) were part of my duties. Most recently, the cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maiselle got to experience the same resort.
To the right, Rachel Brosnahan, winner of the award for best actress in a comedy series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, speaks in the press room at the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Jordan Strauss | Invision/AP)
Is Traditional Employment Also in our Future?
My wife and I wrote a new opera comique entitled Patra. It certainly is quite traditional. Our models were Bizet’s Carmen and Bernstein’s West Side Story. We will have a full production workshop in New York at Schroon Lake scheduled for September 2019. This will be with the Seagle Music Colony. The Colony is under the artistic direction of Darren Woods and The American Center for New Works Development. Schroon Lake has quite a cultural history. Here is an internal link to this Schroon Lake’s glorious past. It inspired me to write a poem. Share if you wish.
What’s the best way to acquire rewarding and long term employment?
- Work hard at mastery of your talent or craft.
- Then, work with a well establish person, group of people or company.
- Happy New Year!
Central Pillar and the 3 x 3 Number Square. In the featured picture the corner numbers on the Lo shu are 4,9,3 and 5. Remaining 5 remaining numbers are called the gnomon. These five are 2,7,6,1, and 8. There are three more possible corner/gnomon arrangements. That can be a subject for future blogs. The Tree of Life uses this one arrangement on the central pillar: The upper left corner v. its gnomon. Here are some instructions on how to read and compare the two systems. A vanished civilization knew what you are about to read. They enjoyed a Golden Age until they succumbed to a worldwide cataclysm. Certainly, Plato’s account of Atlantis fits this description. Allusions to this lost culture are found in the survival of ancient measurements. Below are a couple of my internal links.
Central Pillar and its Link to the 3 x 3 Number Square
First, what is a number square? It is found in recreational mathematics and combinatorial design. A magic square filled with distinct positive integers in the range . Each cell contains a different integer. The integers in each row, column and diagonal are equal. Now to compare the two systems:
- On the number square, multiply the numbers of the upper left corner: 4 x 5 x 9 x 3 = 540.
- Multiply the gnomon numbers: 2 x 7 x 6 x 1 x 8 = 672.
Next, look at the central pillar on the Tree of Life:
- Multiply the Central numbers of the four emanations (circles):1 x 6 x 9 x 10 = 540. This duplicates 540 product of the upper left corner of the number square.
- Take the central pillar numbers again. Add them: 1 + 6 + 9 + 10 = 26. Square 26 as 26² = 676. This is not the 672 gnomon product above. However, by rules of gematria, one can be added to each word or factor, in this case- circle, without essentially altering its meaning. We have 4 circles on the central pillar. Thus 672 + 4 = 676. We have congruence again. Gematria is explained in great depth by my favorite author, John Michell. His books are extremely rare and difficult to come by.
Ageless Teacher Pianist Mischa Kottler. Great men, like great wines, improve with age. Mischa, at the time of this picture was 88. He stayed active until age 94. What kept him going? Passion for the piano. As a teacher, he had a slew full of piano competition winners on his record. Even rock n’ roll benefited from his total mastery of the instrument. Gregory Arthur “Greg” Phillinganes (born May 12, 1956) is an American keyboardist, singer-songwriter, and musical director based in Los Angeles, California. A prolific session musician, Phillinganes has contributed keyboard tracks to numerous albums. These included representing a broad array of artists and genres. He has toured with notable artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Toto, served as musical director for Michael Jackson, and has released two solo studio albums.
From Greg Philliganes’ interview in Keyboard Magazine and his Quote of Mischa Kottler
“Sensing that I needed discipline more than anything else, my Mom managed to hook me up with a wonderful teacher named Mischa Kottler. He was a no-nonsense Russian Jewish guy who could crack a pane of glass with one finger. He was a complete badass, and he cooled my attitude out immediately. I studied with him well into my teens.
Ageless Teacher Pianist Visits My Family
Primarily as result of having studied with my ageless teacher pianist Mischa, I too have had a successful and long lasting career. I’ve just begun my 10th year at the Gasparilla Inn on the isle of Boca Grande. There, I play piano for VIP’s from around the world. The most memorable person I played for was former President George H. Bush. Below is an internal link to this event from DSOworks. Also, Sharon Ohrenstein, my wife, and I are bringing a full workshop to the NY stage this coming September. Our original “opera comique” is entitled “Patra”. Look under the “stage” heading on DSOworks.com. We will be working with an incredibly, wonderful, creative team. Workshop will be sponsored by: The American Center for New Works Development.
Three Square Code Structures Stonehenge. Life often offers us the polarity of opposites. Something stands in opposition to something else.
This tiny number square gives rise to the pillar arrangement at Stonehenge. It was used in countless ways by ancient historic and even prehistoric civilizations. Currently we are entering a new age. It will be marked by peace and plenty. This is also known as a Golden Age. The same arrangement that formed the Palestinian cubit and the Egyptian cubit also structured the pillar arrangement at Stonehenge. Some information I quote from my own internal link below:
Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān explains how this number square was divided into various corners and gnomons. I show how the dotted points below were the options that were used for the appropriate Egyptian and Palestinian cubits. It was also used for builiding Stonehenge.
- Multiply the 4 corner numbers: 5 x 7 x 1 x 6 = 210. The Palestinian cubit is 2.107 feet.
- Multiply the remaining five numbers which are called the gnomon: 8 x 3 x 4 x 9 x 2 = 1728. The larger Egyptian cubit is 1.728 feet.
First we must see who gave rise to realizing this division of the square three code in the particular manner that I will present. Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān (Arabic: جابر بن حیان, Persian: جابر بن حیان, often given the nisbahs al-Bariqi, al-Azdi, al-Kufi, al-Tusi or al-Sufi; fl. c. 721 – c. 815), also known by the Latinization Geber, was a polymath: a chemist and alchemist, astronomer and astrologer, engineer, geographer, philosopher, physicist, and pharmacist and physician. Born and educated in Tus, he later traveled to Kufa. He has been described as the father of early chemistry.
Three Square Code Uses Lower Right Corner and its Gnomon for Stonehenge
Numbers in a row are called a sequence. Sequence is also used in music and dance. Stonehenge uses 5,6,7, and 8:
- 5 x 6 = 30. This numbers inner stone circles.
- 7 x 8 = 56. This numbers the outer holes.
Catskill Resort Celebration- my Home Away from Home. The Catskill Mountain Resorts are coming back. It’s possibly starting with Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. I was the Scott’s piano player for some 15 years. Oh boy, are the Catskills coming back! They have just been the background for a wagon load full of prestigious top entertainment industry awards. Some of the list is below, in blue. Immediately below is the Catskill Mountain movie trail from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Catskill Resort Celebration at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House
Als0, below the picture is link to a special interview with one of the stars: Rachel Brosnahan chats with Jimmy Fallon about the latest season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She talks about years ago Scott’s turned down the filming of Dirty Dancing. The clip at Scotts, relatively new posts, have 75,00 views.
Above, Rachel is speaking in the press room at the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards. It is at the Barker Hangar. Date is Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Location is Santa Monica, Calif. (Jordan Strauss | Invision/AP)
More Catskill resort Celebration
Yes miracles still happen. Just when everybody is ready to give the resort up, this happens. Scott’s will be featured in quite a number of episodes this coming year. I have been the piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House over a span of some 15 years. Hard times hit the resort. Bus loads of people from Ontario, Canada stopped coming. This was due to higher taxes and added health insurance costs on group bus tours. A high percentage of their business was Canadian. In addition to to regular fair, Canadians loved the wilderness and seemingly magical feeling of this pristine, clear lake.
More Catskill Resort Celebration
Here is one of my my contributions to Scott’s Oquaga Lake House: As Rubinoff and His Violin’s arranger and accompanist for over 15 years, I brought Rubinoff to the resort. This was in 1984. At age 86 David Rubinoff also performed miracles. This youtube video is the only complete 44 minute+ concert of his in existence.He took America by storm in the 1930’s. Please also enjoy this rare Scott’s video as I (David Ohrenstein) accompany this “legendary” violinist. He plays his Strad. It belonged to the Czars of Russia.
Lost Concert “Rubinoff and His Violin” on Oquaga Lake, 1984 – YouTube
In one of the final years of his life, renowned violinist Dave Rubinoff plays theStradivarius violin for an …
Some of the Awards for this “Marvelous” series:
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Awards Peabody Awards
2018 · Amazon Studios
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
2018 · Rachel Brosnahan
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2018 · Alex Borstein
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
2018 · Cindy Tolan, Meredith Tucker, Jeanie Bacharach
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
2018 · Rachel Brosnahan
Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series
2018 · Rachel Brosnahan
TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy
2018 · Rachel Brosnahan
Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series
Last, but not least for my wife, Sharon, and myself. We wrote an opera comique entitled Patra. It will be showcased on Schroon lake in New York state this coming September of2019. The American Center for New Works Development is sponsoring it under the auspices of the Seagle Music Colony. More details on our website. DSOworks.com. Patra has a banner heading. Exact date to be announced shortly. Don’t miss this event!
Hollywood Nineteen Thirties under Rubinoff’s Baton. I frequently blog about David Rubinoff and His Violin. That’s because I worked with him for over 15 years. My capacity was as his arranger and piano accompanist. The years spanned 1971 to 1986. In 1986 Dave passed away at age 89. He was the very model of musical success. This was especially true in Hollywood during the nineteen thirties. I’ll never forget the spontaneity of his reply when I said to him: “Mr Rubinoff, music has been good to you.” He immediately replied as a matter of factly, “Why, that’s because I’ve been good to music.”
You can now listen to a recent concert that I was honored to perform at with maestro Steven Greenman. Steve performs the Fiddler just as Rubinoff intended it. The Ted Lewis Big Band museum curator and conductor extraordinaire, Joseph Rubin, invited me in from Sarasota to play the concert honoring my friend and mentor, David Rubinoff.
Hollywood Nineteen Thirties
Dave’s wife, Darlene Rubinoff, wrote a book about his life. Dave personally dictated it to her as she tape recorded his voice. Eloquence, sophistication, technical prowess, passion and perfection marked his playing. But most of all he openly conveyed the love he had for his audience. In return his audiences loved loved him. This was to the tune of hundreds of thousands annually in the 1930’s. In this regard I must quote Mr. Rubinoff’s words through his angel of a wife, Darlene Azar Rubinoff:
“I worked every hour of the day and night, driving everyone with no conception of time, being only interested in my music and pleasing the public. My audiences screamed and applauded. They were after me night and day, waiting for me outside the stage door for a glimpse or for an autograph. I seldom refused them. They were the reason for my success. That is why I drove the orchestra and the arrangers so hard. I screamed, I cajoled. I even, on occasion, threw things in order to win my way. The amazing thing was, I was always right when it came to my music.”
Please enjoy the internal link below of the concert I gave with Rubinoff in the Catskills at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. The youtube link is at the end of the blog. It was over 30 years ago. Also, my wife Sharon and I have written a new opera entitled “Patra”. The featured artwork is used by permission from the “From Cairo With Love” art gallery in Cairo, Egypt. It will be premiered in New York on Schroon Lake this coming September. Please read about the details under the “stage”on our front page of DSOworks.com.
Mexican Pyramid Squares the Circle. First. What is “square the circle?” Squaring the circle is a problem proposed by ancient geometers. It is the challenge of constructing a square with the same area as a given circle. You may only use a finite number of steps with compass and straightedge. In 1882, the task was proven to be impossible. This was a consequence of the Lindemann–Weierstrass theorem. But wait a minute. Lindemann and Weierstrass did not consider R. Buckminister Fuller’s theories in conjunction with the Mexican Pyramid of the Sun.
Mexican Pyramid Really Spheres the Circle
So who was R. Buckminster Fuller?
R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER, 1895 – 1983
Hailed as “one of the greatest minds of our times,” R. Buckminster Fuller was renowned for his comprehensive perspective on the world’s problems. For more than five decades, he developed pioneering solutions that reflected his commitment to the potential of innovative design to create technology that does “more with less”. Born in Milton, Massachusetts, on July 12, 1895, Richard Buckminster Fuller belonged to a family noted for producing strong individualists. They were inclined toward activism and public service. Fuller developed an early understanding of nature during family excursions to Bear Island, Maine. He also became familiar with the principles of boat maintenance and construction. Below are a couple of internal links for further information.
Comparing the Mexican Pyramid of the Sun and Fuller’s Formula for Packing of Spheres
Packing of spheres in successive layers falls under a formula. It was discovered by R. Buckminster Fuller. It’s the number of the particular layer being considered, squared x 10 + 2. You can pinpoint how many spheres successivelyen circle a central sphere. Here are the 1st five examples.
- For the 1st layer, 1² x 10 + 2 = 12 spheres.
- The 2nd layer we have 2² x 10 + 2 = 42.
- For the 3rd layer, 3² x 10 + 2 = 92.
- The 4th layer is 4² x 10 + 2 = 162.
- The 5th layer is 5² x 10 + 2 = 252.
Ancients looked at what things had in common by common numbers. This was regardless of unit of measure used. We can thus equate the packing of the 5th layer of spheres with the measure of the Mexican Sun Pyramid. Also, Plato’s Ideal City, in his Republic, had 2520 rings. Is this line of thought just fun? Perhaps. But also, perhaps there is no such thing as mere co-incidence?