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#521786 - 01/06/08 10:17 AM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Registered: 01/21/04
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As a flea-bitten Christian walking warily in doctrinal Jewish company ... I once put the question of 10 Commandments tablet incision to a
much respected colleague Ruby Shapiro ... what was the inside story on the cutting process ... divine or man?

Ruby, who at this moment might well be bobbing a black hat in front of the sacred Wailing Wall had a most bizarre response ... a case of
“ask a silly question” ... he said that the actual cutting process had not been positively documented ... however it was Jewish tradition ... that Moses had made a big profit out of selling the resultant marble chips.

By the way ... sorry Hamus ... but although being in possession of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for nigh on 50 years ... the religious work continues to pass me by ... perhaps not enough abasement.

Please don’t shoot the messenger!

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#521787 - 01/06/08 02:39 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Registered: 11/20/07
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Loc: Granby,MA
Brahms: The German Requiem.
Bach: Chromatic Fantasy for harpsichord.
Beethoven: Fidelio.
Beethoven: 6th Symphony.
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas.
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#521788 - 01/06/08 05:07 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Registered: 05/24/05
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Well, that's how I remember it... I'm only a messenger's messenger. My personal list is a couple of miles upstream. Lacking "Missa Solemnis (Beethoven)", as the inscription read, perhaps we may continue our discourse in the Unpleasant Place.

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#521789 - 01/06/08 07:52 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Registered: 11/23/07
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Originally posted by op30no3:
I've been researching this Taneyev fellow. He was a student, friend and advisor to Tchaikovsky. Turns out he taught at the Moscow Conservatory a long time and ended up teaching Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Medtner. He wrote a huge treatise on counterpoint called "Imitative Counterpoint in Strict Style" or "Convertible Counterpoint in Strict Style." Looking for this book, it seems to be very rare--a translation of it is in one of the special collections of the Library of Congress. Good news is: my school library has it! Maybe I'll try to read it and see some of the teaching that Scriabin and Rachmaninoff got. Got to love Sibley... [/b]
Taneyev is wonderful (although that op. 1 didn't do too much for me). There's a great prelude and fugue of his for solo piano that all advanced pianists should be familiar with. His chamber music is very fine, with a particularly impressive piano quintet. Unfortunately, he didn't write much solo piano music, even though he was apparently an exceptional pianist and played the Russian premiere of Tchaikovsky's 1st concerto, and I think was the dedicatee of the 2nd, and completed the 3rd after Tchaikovsky died.

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#521790 - 01/06/08 11:42 PM Re: Five greatest pieces ever
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Registered: 11/15/06
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Loc: Pacific Northwest, US.
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Originally posted by wr:
... and I think [Taneyev] was the dedicatee of the 2nd...
Nicholas Rubinstein was the dedicatee of the 2nd.

And yes, I quite fancy the Taneyev P&F... his 4th symphony is also quite worthy, though with due respect, hardly required listening.
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