Quality not Quantity Becomes the Key Question for People. What does that mean? Let’s start by discussing a primary source of quantity: the periodic chart. It gives defining information of the elements of nature as well as some that are man made.
Above is an elementalal excerpt from a periodic chart. The quantity of particles determines the substance and properties.
Five protons in the nucleus makes an atom of boron.
Six, makes an atom of carbon.
Seven makes notrogen.
With people we have a paradox. The elements that make different people are basically the same for everyone. However, with people, quality makes the difference. How agreeable is your personality? Do you finish projects you’ve started? Do you show your family affection? How well do you do your job?
Quality versus Quantity in Music
With the arts: Does your oil painting move others? Did the audience love your piano rendition? Are you leading a happy and rewarding life? These qualities cannot be ascribed to ordinary elements. People have a higher calling than the physical. Some call it soul. Perhaps it’s self-motivation or personality? Perhaps quality is an inherited trait? Whatever it is, it is above the physical plane.
The picture to the right is of Maurice Ravel seated at the piano. His compositions are of exceptional quality. Had he written 10 times as many compositions as he did, but all terrible, no one would have listened to his music. Because of quality, he is a highly revered French Impressionistic composer. Below is a sample of my own piano playing with violinist Steven Greenman. The concert was just given in Ohio at the Circleville High School auditorium.
I personality love the piano music of Franz Schubert. In addition to great melodies, I find him to be a rare master of rests. He frames his phrases and motifs beautifully with rests. They have tremendous artistic impact- I think more so than any other composer. Hopefully I will soon be posting my own rendition soon of his Sonata Op 120 in A. Keep checking the site. Thanks.
Conclusion: We all have quantity. It’s our quality that makes us outstanding as individuals. Feel free to share the post.
Hobnobbing with Giants of of the 1930’s. David Rubinoff is the conductor in this most rare featured 1933 picture. Benny Goodman is the 2nd saxophonist from the right. It is offered by the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville. For the best time of your life, visit this museum. Please support the museum. All donations are tax deductible. They are keeping our wonderful, American, big band tradition alive. My connection: I was Rubinoff’s personal arranger and accompanist for 15 years. We started our association in 1971. I was a senior in the music program at Wayne State University at that time. Currently, I hold a Master of Music degree from Wayne State.
Now a Drum Roll, Please, for the Hobnobbing
Joseph Rubin is the curator of the big band, Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville. He sponsored me to be part of a special Rubinoff and His Violin commemoration concert. My Rubinoff association association lasted until 1986. That is the year he passed away. The Circleville, Rubinoff event was this last June 2, 2018. I was asked to deliver a half-hour lecture on Rubinoff. Also, I played piano for Rubinoff’s favorite arrangement. We made it together. It highlights a selection of numbers from The Fiddler on the Roof. Click the link below. Even to this day, as you will hear, the audience still responds with wild enthusiasm. Maestro Steven Greenman masterfully plays the violin.
Hobnobbing with the Greats in Show Business
For this post I even have a featured story. Rubinoff personally related it to me. It is also documented in his book: Dance of the Russian Peasant. The book was dictated to his last wife, Darlene. The story involves Rubinoff , Benny Goodman and Ted Lewis. They were part of a benefit concert in San Francisco. This was the early 1930’s. The trio went marching through the hotel lobby on route to the elevator. They were dressed to the nines. Ted Lewis was sporting his famous hat and cane. All the way they were singing “Me and My Shadow.” Dave Rubinoff said: “The guests loved our shananigans. We had lots of fun in those days.”
More will be posted in the near future. Please, feel free to share this post. Ted Lewis expressed an innermost wish with his famous expression: “ Is everybody happy? Just below is a link to the Ted Lewis Museum. Also, let the distinguished curator, Joseph Rubin, know about your interest. Finally, underneath the museum link is another link. It has yet another Rubinoff story, only posted on our own DSOworks website.
Amphitheatre in the Woods at Schroon Lake Park. Schroon (/ˈskruːn/SKROON) is a town in the Adirondack Park, in Essex County, New York, United States. The population was 1,654 at the 2010 census. The largest community in town is the hamlet of Schroon Lake, located at the north end of the lake of the same name. The Town of Schroon is in the southern part of Essex County. It is north of Albany. The Town of Schroon contains two lakes: nine-mile (14 km) long Schroon Lake. The second is the five-mile (8 km) long Paradox Lake. The two lakes are connected by the Schroon River. W
Schroon and Horicon, is a year-round tourist destination. It has boating, swimming and fishing in the summer. In the winter people enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing. Hiking and hunting are popular in the fall and spring. Each September, hundreds of runners compete in the Adirondack Marathon. The Marathon finishes in downtown Schroon Lake. The roads around the lake constitute an almost perfect 26 mile distance.
I wrote the featured poem below while walking around the amphitheatre. Perhaps the poem can inspire others to work toward returning this incredible venue to its former life?
Amphitheatre is at the North end of the Lake
Amphitheatre in the Woods
by David Ohrenstein
Amphitheatre in the woods
Remnants of long ago.
Concrete seats set by layers
All facing a roofed, staged show.
Now covered by pine cones and needles,
Encased by sand and dust.
Set in Schroon Lake Park:
A memento to the past, I trust.
The fun of another era
Is still tangible in the air:
Dancing the night away.
Amnesia to worry or care.
At times it imbibed the big band beat
With music under starry sky.
Cool breezes carried the tunes,
Accompanied by a buzzing fly.
A puzzle is soon put together
Of a past day and age.
The pieces form a picture
Of the ballroom dancing craze.
Will its glory ever return?
Can the cobwebs be cleared away?
Will quality entertainment now past
Return for another stay?
Speak of American entertainment: You can now hear my own rendition of a favorite American folk song: Aura Lea A.K.A. Love Me Tender. It is on the internal link below. My daughter videoed an excerpt of me at the famed Gasparilla Inn on the isle of Boca Grande. It was last season. This coming year will be my 10th.
Glamorous Past Found in Glamorous Music of Rubinoff. Rubinoff was one of my primary mentors. Under him I learned the art of arranging. Arranging “involves adding compositional techniques. This includes new thematic material for introductions, transitions, or modulations, and endings. . . . Arranging is the art of giving an existing melody musical variety”. Rubinoff always had access to the finest arrangers. He conducted the orchestras at the New York and Brooklyn Paramount Theaters. He also conducted for Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. This was in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. In the featured picture he is billed with Rudy Vallee at the Brooklyn Paramount. Rubinoff is on the right pillar. Rudy Vallee, on the left. Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich are centered between on the movie poster. Rubinoff chummed with all the stars. Yet surprisingly so few today have heard of him.
I was called by Maestro Joseph Rubin. The purpose was to perform at his Rubinoff and His Violin concert. It was sponsored by the Ted Lewis Museum. Can you imagine? More than 30 years after passing away, Dave Rubinoff is still doing favors for me? He was the grandfather I never got to know. Both the orchestral conductor and museum curator is Joseph Rubin. Master folk violinist, Steven Greenman, is the soloist. They are both pictured below with the orchestra. Above on youtube Steve and I are playing the arrangement I made with Rubinoff. It was our violin/piano arrangement of the Fiddler on the Roof. Date of creation was the mid 1970’s. Now, for the 1st time, you can listen to it on the youtube link posted above. The concert was videoed live at the Circleville High School in Circleville Ohio. If you would like to help the cause help of good music, please feel free to share this post with friends!
Also, see my internal link below. It has a concert on youtube I gave it with Rubinoff in New York’s Catskill Mountains. He was 86 years of age at the time. You will learn facts about American musical history never before recorded. It also illuminates our glamorous past. He liked to speak to the audience at his concerts. His best friend, Will Rogers, taught him how to “break the 4th wall”. To my knowledge this is a most “rare concert recording”. Possibly it is the only record is existence of a full Rubinoff concert. `
Busy Making Millions During the Great Depression. That’s what a violinist I worked with was doing. My picture with him is on the lower right corner on the program. The program also has pictures (from upper left to right) of him with Fritz Kreisler, Eddie Cantor, Will Rogers, and Bing Crosby. Dave holds the record for concert attendance. 225,000 at Grant Park in Chicago. That was in the year 1937. Rubinoff proudly asserted: “They turned away another 25,000 at the door.”
He also conducted the orchestra for the Paramount Theater and Paramount Pictures. His stage name was Rubinoff and His Violin. His name is featured above on the movie marquee. Thanks a Million is a 1935 musical film produced and released by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Roy Del Ruth. It stars Dick Powell, Ann Dvorak and Fred Allen. Musicians featured were Patsy Kelly, David Rubinoff,Paul Whiteman and his band with singer/pianist Ramona. That movie was featured just before a concert I gave. It is mentioned on the picture above. The entire event commemorated his memory.The orchestra was conducted by Maestro Joseph Rubin. Maestro Steven Greenman was the violinist I accompanied. Before the concert I gave a lecture on my association with Dave Rubinoff.
So Why Have So Few Today Heard of Him if He was Busy Making Millions?
I think the answer is resentment. Also, everyone was jealous. The average musician was struggling to make a living. Especially during the Great Depression. Rubinoff was a perfectionist. He was adamant in his interpretations. He was incredibly precise. This created even more resentment and jealousy. Just listen to the youtube sample below. As a matter a fact, listen to everything available about Rubinoff and learn. I think the picture below speaks miles. Regardless, I am honored to have my photo with Rubinoff in the Ted Lewis Museum. The museum is an outstanding tourist attraction.
Happy Birthday Complete with Clarinet, Cane and Top Hat. Whoever has a birthday can enjoy this post. Please share it with all your friends! I (blogger David) have just return from a once in a lifetime experience: A visit to the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville, Ohio. Ted Lewis was famous for his saying: “Is everybody happy?”Joseph Rubin is the museum curator. He invited me and included my wife to be part of a commemoration concert.
The concert was to honor the man I worked with for some 15 years: Rubinoff and His Violin. He was also a part of the Big Band scene even though he played the violin. He also was part of the Hollywood scene. America loved his music. This was in the 1930’s. Then, he was grossing an income as high was $500,000.00 yearly. I think the Ted Lewis Museum is every bit as good as the museum featured in the movie, National Treasure. It has a lot of spirit, thanks to Joseph Rubin. This gracious curator has a solid musical background. He founded the Canton Comic Opera Company. The Maestro states “Some people today don’t even know what a revue is.”
Happy Birthday also to Rubinoff thanks to Joseph Rubin
Rubin spent months sorting and translating countless cigarette-burned, taped-together pages of music. They “looked like they went through a war.” For this purpose he used composition software.
The hoopla is about to begin. Great things are in the making. However, here and now you can enjoy Rubinoff and I playing our arrangement of the Fiddler on the Roof. Steven Greenman and I played this same arrangement in concert. Below are Rubinoff and I playing in New York in 1984. The performance was given in the Catskills at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. Let joyfulness and festivities begin!
Lecture Magic for Me in Circleville Thanks to Rubinoff and His Violin. Life can spin out of control. Sometimes this can be in wonderful ways. Sometimes events can spin badly. In Circleville it was very good. First, I will define key words in this blog. First word to define is Circleville, Ohio. The featured picture was taken at the lectern in the auditorium at Circleville High School. Date was June 2, 2018. A concert honoring Rubinoff and His Violin was about to take place. I am standing at the podium for two reasons;
To give a lecture. It covered high points of my 15 year association with Rubinoff and His Violin.
I will be performing on the piano. My position will be to accompany violin maestro Steven Greenman. We were set to play several arrangements I made with Rubinoff.
Also included was a 28 piece high powered orchestra. Assembled for the performance were top instructors. They were from leading musical programs at top universities around Ohio. This performance was the vision of the conductor, Joseph Rubin. He is also the curator of the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville. Please keep checking my posts. Samples and segments from the concert will soon be available on youtube.
Lecture Magic in Circleville, Ohio
So what’s magical about this concert? An element of the mystical is found in the very town of Circleville. The city’s name is derived from its original layout. It was created in 1810 within the 1,100 ft (340 m) diameter of a circle. Many future blogs will be appearing about this 1100 foot diameter. It will illustrate a connection to prehistoric cultures. The Hopewell tradition earthwork dates back to the early centuries of the Common Era.
Dave loved the American Indian tradition. I specify this in my lecture magic. He, like many Europeans, was enchanted by Indian ways and wisdom. The decor of both of his homes amply illustrate this great love. It is most fitting that he will be honored at the Ted Lewis Museum. Ted was from Circleville. The Museum is actually almost directly across the street from his residence. I had a personalized museum tour. Wow!
Here are some internal links. They will illustrate connections between Rubinoff and His Violin and myself. There are many more posts on DSOworks on this subject. Feel free to explore them. Dave became enormously wealthy playing the violin and conducting. This was throughout the Great Depression. His annual income was as high as $500,000.00.
Musical Ornaments – Those For and Those Against. Everyone has opinions about the necessity of ornaments in music. I suppose the same could apply to the use of ornaments in fashion. At this point I venture a prediction: The use of set ornaments in music and in dress will return quite strongly. Richard Wagner commented on ornaments. He would tell musicians: “Pay attention to the small notes…The large ones will take care of themselves.”
Nature of Musical Ornaments
Why, at one time, were ornaments belittled? Some thought they were only needed because of weaker harpsichord sounds. The modern piano, they thought, did not need reinforcement. Among those who held this opinion were Marmoutel, Le Couppey and Méreaux. Yet, both the voice and violin had rich ornamentation. They had the same volume in the past as they have today.
C.P.E. Bach wrote a definitive manual playing keyboard instruments. While in Berlin, C.P.E. wrote, Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen (An Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments). “Both Haydn and Beethoven swore by it.” By 1780, the book was in its third edition. It laid the foundation for the keyboard methods of Clementi and Cramer.Bach presented his thoughts on the virtue of ornaments in his treatise. He believed that without ornamentation the best melody becomes empty and dull.
He comments on how most composers use them profusely.
On how they can connect notes.
Ornaments can enliven music.
They attach particular stress and importance to the notes they adorn.
They make musical meaning clear: They can emphasize either sad or happy qualities.
Ornaments can actually improve a mediocre composition.
Musical Ornaments of J.S. Bach Kept Intact with my Own Arrangement of
Musical Museum Sponsors Memorable Concert under the Baton of Maestro Joseph Rubin. Oh my gosh. I now have a tiny place in the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum. In the featured picture, I am in the lower right corner standing with Rubinoff. What is the basis for this claim to fame? I worked with David Rubinoff and His Violin for some 15 years. My capacity was as his arranger and accompanist. Maestro Rubin read one of my Rubinoff posts. They are on DSOworks.com. He contacted me to be a part of a Rubinoff commemoration concert. The concert was June 2, 2018. Steven Greenman was the distinguished violin soloist.
The photo below of Rubinoff and myself was taken in concert in 1984. Dave was 86 years of age. Our entire concert is below the picture on youtube. Just click on it. In his heyday, Dave was a national phenomenon. This was to the tune of as much as $500,000.00 annually in the 1930’s. Serious musicians (those who only played classical) were envious. However, the point is, whatever Dave touched was superbly played. Many examples of him are now posted on youtube. Many of these show him playing at his peak. Also below is an internal link with a “Rubinoff” story.
Lost Concert “Rubinoff and His Violin” on Oquaga Lake, 1984
Ted Lewis’ band was second only to the Paul Whiteman band in popularity during the 1920s. Paul Whiteman led a usually large ensemble and explored many styles of music. He blended symphonic music and jazz. An example was his debut of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Many say Ted Lewis played more real jazz than Whiteman. This is especially true with Ted’s recordings of the late 1920’s. American history at the musical museum is quite rich. Much is in the works on DSOworks.com. Keep watching.
Rubinoff Experience is Wonderful and a Bit Wild. I ‘m getting ready to board the airplane for my Rubinoff lecture and concert in Circleville Ohio. Maestro Steven Grassman will perform on the violin. A 28 piece orchestra will be featured under the baton of Joseph Rubin. See my internal links immediately below. The first gives the particulars about the concert. Nothing is as wonderful for me as a Rubinoff experience revived.
Rubinoff Experience to be had in Circleville, Ohio on June 2, 2018
I thought I would share a part of my lecture on this post. Please try to be there for an unforgettable American experience. Dave was all about how wonderful America is. He also loved and gave recognition to the American Indians. His guiding light was his best friend, Will Rogers. Will identified with his Cherokee background. Please try to be there for a most wonderful experience. If you cannot make the concert; the lecture and concert will eventually be posted on youtube. Here’s an excerpt from my lecture:
In June of 1970 I set up an audition with Rubinoff. He was residing in a posh penthouse at the Leland House in downtown Detroit. Even before I rang his door bell, I knew I was about to meet a master of show business. While many are only concerned with 1st impressions, Rubinoff made a powerful 1st pre-impression. He had a hand carved wooden door with a violin surrounded by musical notes on staffs and flowers. When you rang his doorbell, it played the musical theme song from his hit 1930’s musical radio show. During that time he became an American icon. Typically, after Sunday church services, Americans went straight home. Their objective was to listen to Rubinoff and His Violin on the Eddie Cantor show, Dave conducted and played with the full NBC orchestra. His theme song, “Give Me a Moment Please”, was chimed by his doorbell.
His apartment suite was breathtaking. Dave paid homage to America with his décor. He was born in the Ukraine in 1897. What did the average Ukrainian think of American at that time? The Wild West personified America. Yes, cowboys and Indians. David was particularly taken with the Indians. He loved everything about them. In his suite were countless Indian artifacts and paintings. Many were just given to him by Frank Phillips of Phillips Petroleum. His #1 prized possession was a portrait of himself painted as an Indian chief- feathers and all.
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