Popular Concert With Rubinoff and His Violin. You can read on the program, the Stradivarius violin was insured for $100.000. That was in the 1930’s. Now it’s closer to 2 million. Rubinoff was a superstar in the 1930’s. Circumstances of the Great Depression favored his rise to fame. During difficult times the public needs beauty in the arts. In music this translate to melody. After the good times of the 1920’s the next decade started out with the Great Depression. Times were tough, crass and violent. We could almost draw a parallel to today. The last thing people needed were rough qualities in their entertainment. Rubinoff offered beautiful melody on the violin. The public ate it up. He became a sensation and made a fortune. Rubinoff credits his success in great measure to an American Indian, Will Rogers.
Rubinoff credits Will Rogers for his success.In his biography, Dance of the Russian Peasant, written by his wife Darlene Rubinoff that she wrote from recording Dave, he states, “Will used to give me advice. He was a happy fellow and a pleasure to be near. Will advised me on timing, how to time my gestures, how to get the audience to do my bidding, and how to talk to provoke the appropriate responses
That is the sign of the truest friend. Here is a sample of Will’s kindness. He gave Rubinoff a giant pocket watch. Will had the poem below engraved on its back. Will also included his picture with Dave with the following inscription: “To the greatest fiddler in the world. Your Pal, Will Rogers 1932.” Rubinoff recited it at every single concert. The audience always loved it. Here are some paraphrases from the poem engraved on the watch case.
The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.
Now is the only time we own,
So live, love, toil with a will,
Place no faith in “Tomorrow,”
For the Clock may then be still.
But it gets even better. As a pianist, I invited him to the resort I was playing at. We gave an unforgettable concert together. Listen to it. Share it with friends. Experience American history as it was actually lived by this great American. He talks about his personal friendships Victor Herbert, John Phillip Sousa, President and Mrs Roosevelt, Will Rogers, President Eisenhower, Irving Berlin……I accompanied him at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in Deposit, NY, The youtube video is called “Lost Concert Found” from 1984. You can even hear a thunderstorm in the background.
Music Editor Smoke Screens and How to See Through. Today I have a very special post. My daughter came over. She appears in the featured picture of a Florida Studio Theater Murder Mystery. Her name is Kathryn Parks. She asked me to record an audition song for her. She is an actress. She is the first actress from the left. After I recorded her music, she asked: “So what can I do for you?”. I had no particular music prepared to record. But then I thought, how about a youtube-like piano lesson where I illustrate the frailties of musical editors. I certainly do not play my musical choice perfectly. It was a one-take, one- time spur of the moment type of thing. As a matter of fact, Kathryn was recording it on her telephone. Near the end of the Prelude, a little piece of music is missing. That’s when someone called. She blocked the call. But, it ate up 2 or 3 measures of playing. But nevertheless, in this video I do the following:
Playing the Prelude and Illuminating Music Editor Frailties
Play the Prelude from the Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy. Dance Suites frequently started with a Prelude to settle down the audience. It was not uncommon to seat guests during the actual playing of a prelude. During this time the pianist would give the audience an informal taste of what they could expect the hear.. He would also test the acoustics of the concert room or hall. Here I tested the capabilities of her telephone. Preludes were literally the warm up time for a concert in every sense of the word.
Point to specific places in the music where I think the editor erred.
Graphically show how lots of “busy work” markings does not necessarily mean the editor is competent.
How the editor ignored the rests that Debussy placed in the music. Believe me, a genius like Debussy did not mark the rests out of boredom or hand fatigue.
Last, but not least, show how to see through various types of what I personally believe are erroneous markings. Others may not think so.
Feel totally free to share this post on the music editor with friends. They might find it amusing.
A brief lesson on reading piano music: mis-markings and how to read through them properly. Sampling Debussy's Prelude from the Suite Bergamasque.
Found Egyptian Remen Source is a Simple Number Square. The Egyptian remen of 1.2165 feet is the basis of a long line of ancient measures. Measures are related to the remen by the square root of simple whole numbers. John Michell explores this in great depth in his City of Revelation. It is inChapter 10, The Canon of Measures. The best known are
(1) 1.72 foot Egyptian royal cubit.
(2) The basic 1.2165 foot Egyptian remen.
(3) What is new is my own discovery at Blue Stone Mountain: How the remen ties into the 3 x 3 number square.
Found Egyptian Remen Source is the Multi-Dimensional 3 x 3 Number Square
Most look at the 3 x 3 square and see it surrounded by 8 numbers. I was told to look at the perimeter by single, double and triple numbers. That totals 20 sets of numbers. Then the perimeters totals are 40, 440 and 2220 (see diagram above). Let P1 stand for 40. P2 stand for 440. P3 stand for 2220. We take (P1 ) + (P2) + (P3) ÷ P3 = 1.2162…Quite close to the numbers in feet that comprise the remen of 1.2165. Within 3/10,000 of a foot! The reason for exactly why this 1.2162… feet was taken as 1.2165 feet is a matter for conjecture.
So what about the central number 5 from he number square? We haven’t accounted for it yet. Not only does the perimeter figure into ancient measures, so does central five. This is on 3 levels with the Great Pryramid:
The missing tip is 5 cubits in height.
55 cubits defines the Egyptian Great cubit. It is the basis of measure of the Great Pyramid. Its base is 8 Great Cubits. The truncated height is 5 Great Cubits.
The blue print of the Great Pyramid is formed by two interlocking circles. They are drawn interlocking center to center. This is called the vesica piscis (vessel of the fish). The diameter of each circle is 555 feet. For those who think that this is insignificant or random, consider: George Washington’s Monument in Washington D.C. makes use of the repeated “fives”. It is 555.5 feet tall. File:Vesica piscis.png
Why am I writing this blog? Because I sincerely believe that reactivating the 3 x 3 number square will bring about a new Golden Age of peace and plenty. The 3 x 3 number square shows what sciences and arts of man have in common. What we all share is the key to the Golden Age. Let’s open it together.
Low Living High Thinking Johannes Brahms. I think the featured picture of Brahms portrays his humility and kindness. Johannes Brahms (* 7 May 1833 in Hamburg , † 3. April 1897 in Vienna ) was a German composer , pianist and conductor whose compositions mainly of high romance from the Romantic Era of classical music. In the Romantic period, music became more expressive and emotional, expanding to encompass literary, artistic, and philosophical themes. Famous composers from the second half of the century include Johann Strauss II, Brahms, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and Wagner. Brahms is one of the most important composers of the second half of the 19th century. He was born in Hamburg on May 7, 1833. His masterful of use of counterpoint with beautiful melody are unequaled.
I’ve been practicing the six numbers of opus 118. Very seldom does he change a time signature in any one of these numbers. However, like Chopin, he often changes meter within the context of the music. Thus both Brahms and Chopin would write in 3/4. But the feeling of the beats are 2/4 time. Then, the beat flows back to the designated 3/4 time.
Low Living High Thinking is How the Giant Named Johannes Brahms Grew Up
Young Brahms became the the conductor of a Choral Society in Detmold. He was also Court Pianist and Teacher of the royal family. The post came with free rooms and living expenses. He resided at the Hotel Stadt Frankfort. It was located exactly opposite the castle where he worked. He brought about quite a change in his lifestyle by his own efforts! Also, he could talk about almost any subject. One of his sayings was: : “Whoever wishes to play well must not only practice a great deal, but read many books.” My source is Story-Lives of Master Musicians by Harriette Brower, 1922 Frederick A. Stokes Company, page 306. Now you can see why I chose the featured library picture. And yes, a poor person with character, determination and knowledge can make a tremendous success out of life.
Peaceful Training as per the Oquaga Spirit. With a wave of a wand, I become a poet. I’ve always just been a composer of music. However, at Oquaga Lake I met a spirit. She loves to dictate poetry to me. This happens no where else. The resort is in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. It is 25 miles East of Binghamton, New York. US-17 is the road that skirts the resort. Just drive straight up the slope for about 3.5 miles and you’re there. The Scott family have a huge presence on the lake. I have been in their employment for about 15 non-consecutive years. My first year was 1983. Eventually, the wisdom of the Oquaga Spirit as spoken will be on this site. Here is one of her poems from that summer of ’83. That year she seemed to have preferred mostly iambic pentameter in quatrains. That translates to 5 beats per measure in groups of four lines. Later she used triple meter in rhyme and quatrains. The result of the triple meter is The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. It is available as a product on DSOworks.com.
Training for a subject means following a system for mastery.
In sports that means specific and proven exercises
Diet must be regulated for strength and endurance.
Athletes need to partake of practice situations.
Playing a musical instrument requires training.
Various technical problems need to be overcome.
Tone production and theory are of great assistance.
Rehearsals are necessary to prepare for the concert.
Studying for an exam necessitates a systematic approach.
Facts should be reviewed on a regular basis.
Primary concepts should be learned before the secondary,
Lists of questions and answers are also helpful.
For nations, training for war has become routine.
People, time and resources are channeled into conflict.
Mankind has come to accept war as a fact of life.
We eat, drink, sleep, and go to war.
The way of war goes back to recorded history.
Even now we still send many to the slaughter of battle.
Should you ask: Is there really an alternative?
I would answer with a question, how many train for peace?
Training for peace also require diligence.
Departments of Defense and War have become the norm.
But you ask, isn’t war a part of human nature?
No, we always have a choice between the two?
It seems we’ve fallen in efforts for peaceful training;
Even though we have one such world organization.
Everyone knows of the United Nations in New York.
We can also to help peaceful efforts along:
Anyone can practice peace in daily dealings,
And remember the saying: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Good deeds definitively promote the cause of peace.
Conclusion: Peace is easy going and yet accessible to all.
Two Significant Beethovens include the Grandfather. Most have read of Beethoven’s father. Mostly, about how he was alcoholic and beat his son on his ears. Before turning to drink, the father was a gifted musician. He sang tenor in chorus and in opera. His name was Johann Beethoven. As a result of the father’s drinking, the family lived in abject poverty. His small salary was wasted at the ale-house. With such unfortunate circumstances his oldest son, Ludwig, became the breadwinner of the home.
Two Significant Beethovens Were Originally Dutch as was the Father, of Course
The Beethoven family were singers at the cathedral at Antwerp. The grandfather was also named, Ludwig. In Germany, the grandfather held many important positions in the musical establishment of the Archbishop-Elector of Cologne. He was at first a solo bass singer in the opera and choir. Later he was appointed stage director. Finally he became the musical conductor at the church. He had moved earlier in the 18th century to Bonn on the Rhine.
Some significant chronology on L.v. Beethoven:
At age 11 he was playing viola in the orchestra.
At age 12 he was the assistant organist with the orchestra at the church.
6 months later he was the assistant conductor. His duties included conducting the sub-rehearsals. He arranged the music for the singers and orchestra. Also when an opera did not have a suitable aria for a great singer, he would write one. However, he never received a salary for his work until after 17 years of age. But Beethoven still laid the foundation for financial support. Here’s how:
He made a number of connections at the church. This included a wealthy lady, Frau von Breuning. He taught her son and daughter. He also befriended members of the Vienna aristocracy who were in their university days in Bonn. This included the young Count Waldstein. Beethoven dedicated his Waldstein sonata to him. Finding that the young Beethoven lacked a suitable instrument on which to practice, Waldstein had a fine grand piano sent to Beethoven in his attic room (see picture above). He also befriended Count Lichnowsky and many others. They became life long patrons.
I enjoy blogging about Ludwig van Beethoven for several reasons:
I trace my own teachers back to Beethoven. Here’s how. I studied with Mischa Kottler. Kottler studied with Emil von Sauer. Sauer studied with Liszt. Liszt studied with Czerny. Czerny studied with Beethoven. Many of Beethoven’ s innovations were shown to me by Kottler. These included the principle of the prepared thumb.
I have just finished my 8th yearly season as pianist at the Gasparilla Inn on the isle of Boca Grande. Management had the Steinway concert grand in the dining room rebuilt. I now play it in season. It has the finest Steinway parts. They were ordered directly from Germany.
I also enjoy composing. Here is a sample of my own music entitled El Nino in Sarasota. Oh yes, I am available for piano lessons in Sarasota.
Conclusion: Here is one formula for success for aspiring musicians and composers. It is based on this blog: (1) Get the audience. Be a church or by any other means. (2) Appeal to everyone, even the elite. Young musicians and composers need as much help as possible. I encourage all to be kind to composer/musicians that you believe could have potential. You just might have a great work dedicated to you.
Mind Massage is effected through poetry. This is because as physical massage benefits the body; poetry benefits the mind. In order for this to happen, the poems should be beautiful and uplifting. Numerous articles agree on poetry’s beneficial effects.
Regions of the brain linked to memory showed more activity than the general reading network while reading poetry. The world today is dominated “left-brain tyranny,” focusing on details, logic, and metrics. On the other hand, the right-brain focuses on “context, empathy, and the big picture,” according to the award-winning playwright and creative consultant William Ayot.I believe that poetry is as therapeutic for the mind as massage is for the body. By analogy we say, poetry is the art of massage applied to the mind.
Enter my book of poetry, “The Oquaga Spirit Speaks.” Oquaga Lake is perched almost 2,000 high in the Catskill Mountains. Almost every guest at the Lake House senses an immense spiritual presence around the lake. I became personally acquainted a particular spirit on hikes. In addition to being the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House, I often led daily”walks”. One of my favorites was to the peak of Bluestone Mountain. We would trek up to a mountain top quarry. Slabs and slates such in the picture below were everywhere. All would take home a prized piece of Deposit bluestone. The spirit’s poetry would be added to the hike. Below is her relevant poem:
Mind Massage at Bluestone Mountain
A mountain of magical stone.
A giant wall of rock,
Quarried in antiquity
To build an ancient clock.
Shaped into evolving circles
By which lunar cycles were timed
And with it the arc of the Sun
Was harmonized in rhyme.
This mandala, wrought of Bluestone
A mystery yet it be;
Is called by the name Stonehenge
That so many still flock to see.
On a mountain of such stone dwell I,
Next to Oquaga Lake’s shore.
For the harmonious peace all around
It seems like Stonehenge at its core.
Ragtime Enriches Yes, I Mean Money, lots of it! And yes, it’s time to be happy again. Listen to some Scott Joplin, Charles Lamb, Eubie Blake, Tom Turpin, James Jesse Europe or Luckyeth Roberts. Their music is as entertaining as their names. Eubie Blake said in gracious tribute, “Joplin was the father of us all.” Ragtime is a musical style that enjoyed its peak popularity between 1895 and 1918. Its cardinal trait is its syncopated, or “ragged”, rhythm. The style has its origins in African-American communities like St. Louis years before being published as popular sheet music for piano.
Scott Joplin is unquestionably the father of ragtime.
What brought about the return of ragtime after 1918? The movie called The Sting. The film is noted for its anachronistic use of ragtime, particularly the melody “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin, which was adapted (along with others by Joplin) for the movie by Marvin Hamlisch (and a top-ten chart single for Hamlisch when released as a single from the film’s soundtrack). The film’s success created a resurgence of interest in Joplin’s work.
The Scott family was attracted by the Kissin’ Cuzzins marquee that announced me playing ragtime piano. They own Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in the Catskills. Its been in the family since 1869. The current year was 1983. For my audition I had to play the Pineapple Rag perfectly for the The Scotts. They were so impressed that they invited our entire family up to New York for that summer. That started a long string of about 20 summer seasons in the Catskills. We got to live our lives like as it was in the 1930’s setting of The Sting. It was like we took a time machine to the past. All loved it! It give rise to my book of poetry, The Oquaga Spirit Speaks, available on the product page.
Its holy design is based on the 3 x 3 number square. That is pictured below. All rows total 15. Three vertical ways are 4 + 3 + 8. Then 9 + 5+ 1. Finally, 2 + 7 + 6. The three horizontal ways are: 4 + 9 + 2. Then 3 + 5 + 7. Finally, 8 + 1 + 6. Then, we have the two diagonal ways: 4+5 + 6. Then, 2 + 5 + 8.
However, it also uses a code that has been hidden from the general public for 1000’s of years.
View the square by 3 numbers at the time. Pair them by opposites. Their sum is always 1,110. Example, 492 + 618 = 1,110. Or, 951 + 159 = 1,110. The center becomes 555 average of these two numbers.
Revitalizing our lost Golden Age.
The ancient civilizations looked at this square in every way possible. Our current civilization only looks at it in the simplest way. Examples of simplicity: any row totals 15. Or, opposite numbers equal 10. There are literally countless ways to find treasure in this “grain of mustard seed”.
So Where is the Code for the First Christian Church?
For the answer, look at the featured picture in co-ordination with the 3 x 3 number square. Note the area of the inner circle is 166.5 square megalithic yards. The area of this holy shrine was for the deity for which the church was built. It was more significant the length and width. Now add the numbers of the square three at the time as follows:
Three horizontally: 492 + 357 + 816 = 1665
Three vertically: 438 + 951 + 276 = 1665
The inner sanctum area is 166.5 square megalithic yards. My source is John Michell. His book is City of Revelation published by Ballentine. It is in Chapter 4 entitled “The 12 Hides of Glaston”. p.46. The circular inner sanctum is in plain view. It was number that was important- not the unit of measure. The square of 3 comes with numbers. Not prescribed units of measure. Numbers even took precedence over decimal points. This proves beyond doubt the use of the “grain of mustard seed”.
My addition to ancient knowledge is in applying the 3 x 3 square. This was gleamed on Oquaga Lake. I merely went there to play the piano. Pianist/composer is still my profession.
New Sound Eureka Like in Back to the Future. That’s Marty McFly playing the electric guitar. It refers to Chuck Berry‘s “Johnny B. Goode”. He brings down the house with it at his parents’ high school prom. There, Marty comes from the future: Johnny B. Goode is still three years away from being released! “Johnny B. Goode” IS the future. It’s the “new sound” that is going to sweep the world. Marvin, Chuck Berry’s fictional cousin at the dance, holds up the phone for his musical relative to hear.
New Sound Eureka Goes Back to the Biblical Psalms
Four Psalms open with these words — Psalms 96, 98, and 149 — “sing to the Lord a new song.” As does Isaiah 42:10 (“sing to the Lord a new song”) and Psalm 33:3 (“sing to him a new song”). And Psalm 144:9 adds its voice to the chorus, “I will sing a new song to you, O God.” The hope or promise of a new song or new sound even has Biblical roots!
We are living in times where people are looking for a new sound. Here is the parallel to the point the movie makes. The young dancers at the featured picture of the Enchantment Under the Sea loved the music. Yet, the sound was 3 years ahead of its time of publication. Fiction, yes. But, it’s based on fact. The upcoming new sound will place melody in the forefront. This type of sound has historically revived counterpoint. Yes, J.S. Bach style. In the same manner Mendelssohn, a romantic, revived J.S. Bach.
A New Musical with the upcoming new sound eureka is About to Travel the Golden Roads. My wife and I are all about beautiful melody. Rhythm, of course, most also be solid. But to us, the melody is the key to the future. Our musical has a Biblical theme. We look forward to singing a new song. Our tour will take us all around the northeast. We always look for any kind of encouragement. Please share!