Caruso versus McCormack

Caruso versus McCormack which was a better singer?

Caruso versus McCormack which was a better singer

The Greatest Tenor Enrico Caruso (part two) | L'Italo-Americano ...
The Greatest Tenor Enrico Caruso (part two) | L’Italo-Americano …

Caruso and McCormack – What Did they Think of each Other

On December 26, 1900, Enrico Caruso celebrated the Christmas season with his debut at La Scala by performing the part of Rodolfo in Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème with Arturo Toscanini conducting. As his career advanced, he went on to please audiences in Monte Carlo, Warsaw, and Buenos Aires.  He appeared before the Tsar and the Russian aristocracy at the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg as well as the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.  In 1910, a landmark event occurred when he performed live from the stage of the New York Metropolitan Opera House. He honored America with first public radio broadcast to be transmitted in the United States.

John McCormack in the 5000-seat New York Hippodrome c.1915–1916

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A source for this post is The Virtuosi by Harold C. Schonberg. He was the music critic for the New York Times. John McCormack achieved a good measure of fame as an opera singer. He never had the power of Caruso and never cared for such projection. McCormack chose to remain a lyric tenor all his life. His phrases seemed to go on without end. Violinist Jan Kubelik believed he was so great he must have had a Stradivarius in his throat. New York World published a letter of McCormack dated April 14, 1918. I quote below:

 

 

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14 June 1884 Athlone, Ireland Died 16 September 1945 (aged 61) Booterstown, Dublin, Ireland Singer, songwriter

“A great many singers have an idea that the public wants bigness of voice. That is a mistaken notion…. The history of the world’s greatest singers brings not one supreme artist who is not essentially lyric. What the public enjoys most of all is the smooth, pure and beautiful tone in the singing voice.”

Caruso and McCormack – No Contest  as/per Both Tenors

Here is the story that Schonberg relates about an accidental meeting between the two tenors: McCormack says to Caruso: “Well. Rico, how is the world’s greatest tenor today?” To which Caruso replied: “John,  I didn’t know you have turned into a bass.”

Here is an internal link about what I have up to:

In one of the final years of his life, renowned violinist Dave Rubinoff plays the Stradivarius violin for an intimate concert at Scott’s Oquaga Lakehouse in 1984. He is accompanied by pianist, David Ohrenstein. Visit http://dsoworks.com/live-performances… for a behind-the-scenes view from David Ohrenstein of what it was like to work with Rubinoff and His Violin.

 

 

 

 

 

Delayed Performance Due to a Virus

Delayed Performance Due to a Virus named corona. The virus has a solar allusion:

corona (meaning “crown” in Latin derived from Ancient Greek κορώνη (korōnè, “garland, wreath”)) is an aura of plasma.  Many stars share this concept surrounding our Sun. The Sun’s corona extends millions of  miles into outer space. Solar eclipse,  highlights it; but it is also observable with a coronagraph.  Spectroscopy measurements indicate its strong ionization.  Plasma temperature can be in excess of 1000000 kelvin,[1]  That makes it a lot hotter than the surface of the Sun.

Our Delayed Performance was about Cleopatra

Co-incidentally, Cleopatra wore a crown. This, as stated, is the Latin meaning of  “corona”. She was the ruler of Egypt. Cleopatra in turn  reforms Octavian who will wear the crown as the enlightened ruler of Rome. In his transformation, he becomes Augustus Caesar. Our opera is about their  crucial historical meeting.

Delayed performance
Before the corona virus, our new opera was scheduled for March 23, 2020.

Cleopatra seems to have her own timing and her own way. As soon as it rescheduled, we will send out notifications. We are simply waiting for the corona fuss to clear up. Then we will reschedule her with a date and place. We already had a staged reading in New York late last August.  Our poster, pictured above, relates to the Glenridge Performing Arts Center.  Below is a fun internal link. It is about our opera:

Theatrical Phoenix is Beginning to Fly- a Brief History

 

 

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Theatrical Phoenix is Beginning to Fly- a Brief History

A Theatrical Phoenix is Beginning to Fly- a Brief History.  It took wing in New York as a staged reading.  This was at the oldest summer vocal training camp in America: The Seagle Music Colony.  Our singers had won auditions with the New York Metropolitan Opera.  Other prominent opera companies were represented.  Among the people who have tested their work at Seagle have been Stephen Schwartz and Pulitzer Prize winners. Patra is now scheduled in Sarasota.

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Patra, our new opera, will have a concert presentation Monday March 23, 2020. at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center.

We have been  riding on a phoenix for this experience. Our opera, entitled Patra, has “Wings of Song”. This new opus emphasizes the importance of meaningful and healthy relationships between men and women. The show highlights  rulers of two great empires, Rome and Egypt.  For Egypt we have Cleopatra; for Rome, we have Octavian.  He, through Patra’s influence, decides to become the future Augustus Caesar.

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Seagle Music Colony has a theatrical and operatic tradition going back over a century. Our opera, Patra had its New York appearance on this stage on Schroon Lake.

Theatrical Phoenix is  Scheduled for Sarasota

Sarasota is famous for opera.  A marquee, only, from the Sarasota Opera House is pictured below and to the right. .  Our new opera, however, will be presented in concert version at The Glenridge Performing Arts center.  Immediately above/right is a photo of the setting . We will even have a professional “snake” dance. Our dancer also portrays the Egyptian goddess, Aset.

Our first staged concert was at the Westcoast Black Theater in Sarasota

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Sarasota has its own Opera House
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Westcoast Black Theater photo. Sign shows what’s happening there. 

The story of Octavian and Cleopatra has its own thrust. It is an engaging  opera comique.  Sharon, as the  librettist, not only offers a cornucopia of hope in this lifetime; but also gives ancient instructions on how to be reborn to a high position. Make your reservations at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center today. Contact info is on featured picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Musical Duration Dots Abound in Chopin Prelude #3

Musical Duration Dots Abound in Chopin Prelude #3. What do dots do to the duration of notes? In Western musical notation, a dotted note is a note with a small dot written after it. In modern practice, the first dot increases the duration of the basic note by half (the original note with an extra beam) of its original value. This means that a dotted note is equivalent to writing the basic note tied to a note of half the value. For instance, a dotted half note is equivalent to a half note tied to a quarter note. Subsequent dots add progressively halved value.Chopin uses this quite effectively in his Prelude #3. I call his use by the name of pyramided dots.That is because you can make the numbers 1,2, and 3 into a pyramid. See the illustrations below:

Geometric progression and series created by adding successive dots.

On the top treble clef, three dots are used twice:

  • The 1st beat of measure one.
  • Also, the first beat of measure three.

One the second treble/bass staff, two dots are then used twice:

  • On the third beat of the treble.

Single dots are used by Chopin in the 5th and 6th measures.

T3 illustrates the 1,2, and 3 rows of dots made into a “pyramid”.

A triple-dotted note is a note with three dots written after it; its duration is ​1 78 times its basic note value. Use of a triple-dotted note value is not common in the Baroque and Classical periods. It is quite common in the music of Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner, especially in their brass parts.

What Effect do the Musical Duration Dots have on Chopin’s Prelude?

I feel Chopin’s compositions for the piano are highly innovative. My own teacher was Mischa Kottler. He studied with Alfred Cortôt. This was in the 1920’s. In turn Cortôt studied with a pupil of Chopin. I was taught to play a dotted note on the piano with more tone. Then certainly a double dot should be played with more tone.  A triple dotted note should then have tone to the max. Tone, when played on the piano, should always sound pleasing. Ask me for a live demonstration of this Chopin Prelude on the newly refurbished 1924 Steinway Concert Grand at the Gasparilla Inn. I play for there for dining 6 nights weekly. See internal link:

Tenth Year Entertaining on the Steinway at the Gasparilla Inn

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Unthoughtful Editing of Music Seems to be Everywhere

Unthoughtful Editing of Music Seems to be Everywhere. I attended an accelerated high school- Cass Technical High in Detroit. They had some 32 curriculums you could major in. They even kept an airplane in a large room on the 1st floor for an aeronautics technology program. For me, there were two musical courses to choose from: Vocational and Advocational. This remarkable high school was “college prep”. In retrospect, I think many colleges could have been “prep” for Cass Tech High. But alas, things change. Ruins of the high school are pictured below.

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The glory that was Cass Technical High School

Unthoughful Editing of Music- One Typical Example

We had a esprit de corps among the students that was second to none. we discussed countless and varied topics. Nothing was ever off the table for discussion so to say.  Music editing was a hot subject. My fellow students, the class of 1969, had a running joke about musical editors. We all concurred on a musical frustration cycle. It went as follows

  • First you work at becoming a pianist/composer. When that doesn’t quite pan out-
  • Second you try working at becoming a conductor.
  • Finally, when the above two fail, you become an editor.

The point is the editor is out for revenge. He thinks: “If can’t make it as a composer, performer or as a conductor, I’ll be sure that no one else can”. This thought may be either conscious or unconscious but the effect is the same either way. If you follow the editors instructions, your efforts will most likely fall in line with his expectations of failure. Many teachers insist on their students following the editor’s marking.That’s a minor to major tragedy!

 Unthoughtful Editing: My teacher studied with Emil von Sauer in Vienna in the 1920’s

Emil von Sauer was personally taught by Franz Liszt. Liszt accepted several students at the end of his life. Sauer was one of them. He, in turn, edited all the piano works of Johannes Brahms. However, I believe that even Liszt kept fingering secrets from his select piano students. Sauer in turn taught my teacher, Mischa Kottler. Samples of Mischa’s playing anywhere are extremely rare. Below is one that will show you what good fingering can do. Here’s to reviving another lost art!

https://www.youtube.com/www.youtube.com › watch

 

Minute Waltz (Mischa Kottler Version) – YouTube

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Dec 28, 2013 – Uploaded by Joseph Beels

Chopin’s Minute Waltz, with a twist …

Internal link: Changing Standards in Musical Performance are Upon Us.

 

 

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Changing Standards in Musical Performance are Upon Us.

Changing Standards in Musical Performance are Upon Us: Fast, crass, loud and vulgar interpretations of music are fleeing and soon to be gone. Mars and Venus have been used for social comparison. I refer to the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (1992[1]). The author is  John Gray  He had earned degrees in meditation and taken a correspondence course in psychology.

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The author exemplifies by means of its eponymous metaphor: Men and women are from distinct planets—men from Mars and women from Venus. The book has sold more than 15 million copies.[2][3] According to a CNN report, it was the “highest ranked work of non-fiction” of the 1990s. [4] It was 121 weeks on the bestseller list.

Changing Standards are Simply Periodic

So what are some of the changes we can expect in the musical field?

  • Large concert hall and amphitheater concerts will greatly diminish. Smaller, more intimate settings for music will gain the upper hand. This is very much akin to the chamber music recitals that used to grace the wealthy during the classical era.  Often wealthy patrons would employ their own orchestras. Conductor-composer. Joseph Haydn, working for the Austrian Esterhazy family was an archetype example:
Reconsidering the legacy of Haydn, ‘The Father of the Symphony’ PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 14, 2018
Super big and loud is on the way out along with crass and vulgar music. Musical quality along with beauty and detail will return. Here Joseph Haydn is leading a chamber music ensemble.

Repeating a a three or four note phrase dozens of times during a song will find its place in private practice rooms only.

Changing Standards on Multiple Repetition of Notes

This is based on a true story. I worked with Rubinoff and His Violin. He would stand in front of a TV set, watching television,  and practice the opening four notes of any given song maybe one to two hundred times. This was to get precision to to max on the motif he was working on. But this was for practice only! He would never think of making his practice session into a hit song! Today we mostly listen to musical practice sessions with expensive costumes and backgrounds. I ask my reader, how long will that last?

 

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Beautiful Employment with a Lighthouse View

Beautiful Employment with a Lighthouse View in Boca Grande. When beginning a post, I like to define terms:

Beautiful

Rayonnant rose window in Notre Dame de Paris. In Gothic architecturelight was considered the most beautiful revelation of God, which was heralded in its design.

Beauty is the ascription of a property or characteristic to an animalideaobject, person or place that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction. Classical Greek offers a more inclusive definition. The word is  κάλλοςkallos. As an adjective it was καλός, kalos. However, kalos may and is also translated as ″good″ or ″of fine quality. It had a broader meaning than mere physical or material beauty. Similarly, kallos was used differently from the English word beauty in that it first and foremost applied to humans. As such, it came with an erotic connotation.[2]

2. Employment is a relationship between two parties, usually based on a contract where work is paid for, where one party, which may be a corporationfor profitnot-for-profit organizationco-operative or other entity is the employer and the other is the employee.[1]

So Where is My Beautiful Employment?

Pianist David Ohrenstein Will Begin his 11th winter season at the Famous Gasparilla Inn on December 20
Beautiful employment in every sense of the word is to be found by anyone working at the famed Gasparilla Inn. Here I play, in turn, on two incredible Steinway Grand pianos.

 

  • From 6 – 7 pm on the “living room Steinway.” I frequently feature ragtime piano. It was composed by writers as Scott Joplin, Tom Turpin and Lucketh Roberts. As the inn was being built, the music of these wonderful American composers gave birth to the American style of music.  The music fits the living room’s  elaborate and beautiful decor. Then I go into the elaborate, spacious dining room. A 1925 newly rebuilt Steinway concert grand is to be found there. My hours there are from 7 – 9:30 pm six days weekly from Christmas to Easter. It is best to call for reservations.

 

 

Hello Boca Grande

Hello Boca Grande for the Eleventh Year

Hello Boca Grande for my piano employment the 11th straight Year. Click on the Boca Grande nowhere but here box below to see many incredibly beautiful and exotic pictures of the island. There my piano playing services will be in full swing.  Daughter Kathryn Parks worked on this post for Michael Saunders. She works on promotion for this real estate company in Florida and does a beautiful job at that.

Untouched by time, Boca Grande is a classic Florida getaway where pristine beaches, sunny days, and small-town charms create a blissful atmosphere.

 

Hello Boca Grande

It’s impossible not to have fabulous stories when you work at such a place. One of favorites is the evening that two distinguished ladies from London sat and enjoyed their dinner while dining on the table right beside the piano. Fortunately, my piano touch is such that people can enjoy their dinner and still converse while listening to beautiful melodies. My incredible instructor Mischa Kottler, studied in Europe in Paris under Alfred Cortôt in the 1920’s. Cortôt traced his lineage to Frederic Chopin. Then Mischa Kottler went to Vienna and apprenticed under Emil von Sauer. Sauer studied under Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms. Mischa was always emphatic when he would say: ” “Present the melody on a silver platter.” In so doing you can eliminate all the ponderous accompaniment that so many often vulgarly place into their piano playing.

But on with the story: When I got up for a small respite, I walked past the ladies. One said to me, “We enjoyed your playing, especially your Andrew Lloyd Webber selections.”  I replied.”Oh, thank you.” Then the other lady proudly said: “Yes,our assigned seats are in the British House of Lords right next to him!”

Why is this Lineage Important?

Today so much piano playing is electronic. Often accompaniments are provided by the touch of a button. The old school of knowledge is then lost. Happily, at the fabulous Inn the old school is still in full swing. I will be there nightly from Dec 20 until Easter. Please say hello. P.S. if you decide to buy a home there, ask my daughter, Kathryn. I am also a composer. My wife, Sharon, is my lyricist and librettist.  Sharon, and I just work shopped our new opera Patra in New York. Click on the link for more info. Finally, please share this post with friends! Thank you.

PATRA – An Opera Comique performed in two acts, sung in English, written by Sharon and David Ohrenstein about Cleopatra’s final days as ruler of Egypt.

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Musical Leo Does More than Roar!

Musical Leo Centers Around the Key of F major-D minor

Musical Leo Centers Around the Key of F major-D minor. Here are some typical issues that music written in the key of one flat can help cure. This is because Leo rules over the core of the body.

  • Do you feel that you are too timid or shy? Or, is your subdued personality preventing you from a promotion on your job?
  • On the physical side: Do you have poor posture or pains in your back or spine? Are you fearful of possible heart problems?

Here’s the good news: What if you could alleviate any of these problems by relaxing in an arm chair (like Henry VIII below) and  just listening to music. Better yet, do all this free of charge!

Musical Leo
How can music make you feel like a king?

 MUSICAL LEO AS THERAPY

The zodiac has been called the wheel of life and circle of little animals. The English word zodiac derives from zōdiacus. It is  Latinized form of the Ancient Greek zōidiakòs kýklos (ζῳδιακός κύκλος). This word “cycle or circle of little animals”. Zōidion (ζῴδιον) is the diminutive of zōion (ζῷον, “animal”). The name reflects the prominence of animals (and mythological hybrids) among the twelve signs.The key of Leo has one flat. You can see this on the diagram of the Circle of Fifths. One flat is connected to F major and D minor.

Circle of Fifths fits like a glove over the 12 zodiac signs. The key of Leo is set at 11:00 o’clock.

So What Can Music in the Key of Musical Leo do for You?

Mental Health– It develops self assurance. You can become the life of any party and gives you the aura of a great entertainer. Music in this key encourages generosity and a kind, open heart. Its sound allows you to be able to take action whenever needed.

Physical Health- Leo rules the back, spine and heart. They are at the body’s core. Anyone with back pain, posture issues or heart problems would do well to listen to the vibes of music in the key of Leo. To get more background on this issue check out the  internal link below. Classical music is best because it is often identified by key signature. Look on youtube for free examples: Symphony in F or D minor, quartet, sonata, trio etc. Even if you feel no benefit from this advice, at least you will have listened to some great music!

Panacea is Found in Our Civilization’s Music

 

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Panacea is Found in Our Civilization’s Music

Panacea is Found in Our Civilization’s Music. Originally I posted this on our other website: Reviving Antiquity@aol.com, however, I feel it is common to both of these sites. Certainly, in the past many composers of music borrowed from themselves. For example, in music, the BACH motif is a motif.   Its notes are a succession of notes important or characteristic to a piece.  These notes are B flat, A, C, B natural. In German musical nomenclature the note B natural is named H and the B flat named B. It forms Johann Sebastian Bach‘s family name.

So, Here is My Panacea Quote from Reviving Antiquity

Many composers quoted themselves in different works. This is especially true for J.S, Bach. These notes sound his name in music.

Panacea – what is its meaning? In Greek mythology,  she (Greek ΠανάκειαPanakeia) was a goddess of universal remedy. This remarkable entity was the daughter of Asclepius and Epione.  With her sisters each performed a facet of Apollo‘s art:[1]

  • Panacea (the goddess of universal health).
  • Hygieia (“Hygiene”, the goddess/personification of health, cleanliness, and sanitation).
  • Iaso (the goddess of recuperation from illness)
  • Aceso (the goddess of the healing process).
  • Aglæa/Ægle (the goddess of beauty, splendor, glory, magnificence, and adornment).
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    Our featured goddess helping the sick. The Veronese physician J. Gazola created this picture as part of a larger woodcut in 1716.
    Our musical circle of fifths is as good as the Greek goddesses for curing ailments.

    It’s time to cure the ills of mankind. Music, when properly applied, can do just that. Best of all, it’s free. Also the knowledge I write about has the capacity improve the interpretation of music by a searching musician. That analysis is for the future. First notice there are 12 basic key signatures. The bottom three are called “enharmonic.”

  •  C# major is merely another letter name for Db major.
  • F# major is another name for Gb major
  • Cb is another name for B major.

This means there are basically 12 key signatures. I have my reasons for aligning the 12 key signatures with the 12 zodiac signs. Many have done this before me, but I feel my way is most correct. My reasons will be explained over time.

Effecting Panacea

Let’s discuss heart problems. To cure these problems listen to classical music in the key of one flat. That, as you can see from the diagram, is F major and its relative minor of D. Why classical?  Quite often, classical music is defined by its  key signature. i.e. : Symphony in F major, Quartet in D minor, Trio in D minor,  etc. The minor key alleviates the sordid condition. The major maintains good health in the area needed. More will be forthcoming. Keep checking.