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#528846 - 11/25/07 09:32 PM Re: What are you reading?
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"Understanding Toscanini." A social history of American concert life.

Tomasino
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#528847 - 11/25/07 09:48 PM Re: What are you reading?
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I'm reading a book called Lamb by one of my favorite Authors, Chris Moore. However I picked up a book the other day called This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of A Human Obsession. It looks to be pretty interesting.
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#528848 - 11/25/07 09:49 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Haha Minaku, I didn't read before I posted, I see you picked up the same book also. How is it?
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#528849 - 11/25/07 09:52 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Originally posted by DaWF:
The Shipping News - Proulx

My Antonia - Cather (re-reading for literature class, probably my least favorite "classic")
[/b]
i love both those books..
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#528850 - 11/25/07 10:24 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Originally posted by Daffodil
I bought "The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the Extraordinary Number of Nature, Art and Beauty" by Mario Livio yesterday.
You might also be interested in "The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty" by H.E. Huntley. (1970, Dover Publications.) I don't know if it is still in print. It puts much emphasis on the Fibonacci numbers and related series.

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#528851 - 11/25/07 10:41 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Registered: 11/17/06
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Loc: Not in Texas
I'm midway through Vol. 1 of Walker's three volume biography of Liszt.
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#528852 - 11/25/07 11:20 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Loc: USA
Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner

(reading for the 2nd time, I did a bit too much skimming the first time through)
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#528853 - 11/27/07 09:34 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Originally posted by Ferdinand:
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Originally posted by Daffodil
I bought "The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the Extraordinary Number of Nature, Art and Beauty" by Mario Livio yesterday.
You might also be interested in "The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty" by H.E. Huntley. (1970, Dover Publications.) I don't know if it is still in print. It puts much emphasis on the Fibonacci numbers and related series. [/b]
Thank you. I'll be looking for that next time I'm in Borders.
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#528854 - 11/27/07 11:31 PM Re: What are you reading?
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"Walden" by Thoreau. Its about my fourth time reading this book. Just love it \:D
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#528855 - 11/27/07 11:39 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Chemical Dependencies in the Workplace. I start a new class next Tuesday, and decided to read ahead a bit. This reading is all online so I turn on the Acrobat Reader speech reader option and let the ebook read to me when my eyes don't see the words anymore.

John
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#528856 - 11/27/07 11:57 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Originally posted by L'echange:
"Walden" by Thoreau. Its about my fourth time reading this book. Just love it \:D
Concord, Mass, USA. Walden Pond is 1.7 miles in circumference.

Amazing what we Brits know... \:D

Then there is the battle of Lexington Common... "what a glorious morning for America" and all that silly bilge. Oh you people... do you have any[/b] idea what it cost Britain to defend her colonies?

And that's the thanks we get...
\:D \:D \:D
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#528857 - 11/28/07 02:58 AM Re: What are you reading?
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

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#528858 - 11/28/07 03:33 AM Re: What are you reading?
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"Isakskatedralen"[/b] by Kari Hotakainen

(No, I don't expect anyone else to read the same..)


About John Stainer's Crucifixion:
(originally posted by BruceD):
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That is not to damn it with faint praise, but while it is not a great work of music it has an element of naive sincerity about it that appealed to me when I first heard it as a teenager. [/b]
We have sung Crucifixion for Easter a few times, it is a work that is possible to perform with quite limited resources (even if I'm glad you did not hear it, Jason).
For me the expression of faith was the most important when singing my alto part. But I still like the chorals "For God so loved the world"
and "Jesus the crucified, pleads for me". I am not that happy about the more "majestic" parts.

Ragnhild
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#528859 - 11/28/07 03:46 AM Re: What are you reading?
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Loc: Cornwall, England
'Autobiography of a Yogi[/b]' - Paramahansa Yogananda

Also, 'The Power of Now[/b]' - Eckhart Tolle... this one's never finished \:\) I've got the hard-back at home and a well thumbed paperback which is with me constantly and in which I write notes.

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#528860 - 11/28/07 09:28 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Reviewing Hesse's "Das Glasperlenspiel" This is moving up on my favorite books list.

Camus' "The Stranger"

Dennett's "Consciousness Explained"
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#528861 - 11/28/07 10:22 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Loc: Champaign, IL
If it counts, Griffith's E & M Book, an Analytical Chemistry Book, and an Anal. Chem. lab manual.

Daniel
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#528862 - 11/29/07 02:44 AM Re: What are you reading?
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Loc: Pacific Northwest, US.
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Originally posted by dnephi:
If it counts, Griffith's E & M Book, an Analytical Chemistry Book, and an Anal. Chem. lab manual.
Would any of those be coming out in a mini-series?
;\)
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#528863 - 11/29/07 07:14 AM Re: What are you reading?
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I've just ordered a copy of Bruce Lipton's Biology of Belief. He is a biologist who seems to be saying that all 50 trillion cells in your body are the same as the 50 trillion cells in mine. The only difference is on the OUTSIDE of the cell. Attached to the outside of the cell wall are the individual's identity markers. He concludes that identity is EXTERIOR to the body. Relevance to piano playing? Hmm, you got me there.
That's strange, isn't DNA contained *inside* the cell?

I'm reading Aunts Aren't Gentlemen by P.G.Wodehouse. Rather amusing

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#528864 - 12/02/07 08:45 AM Re: What are you reading?
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Famous Pianists and Their Technique (New Edition 2007) by Reginald R. Gerig, Indiana University Press

Even contains a whole chapter devoted to Ortmann and that perennially discusssed topic of "can touch effect tone?"

In addition to being a compelling survey of the last three centuries of keyboard technique developement it also contains a very useful topical index to the book and to the bibliography.

Topics thusly indexed:

1. The Aesthetic Imperative
2. Mental and Psychological Control
3. An Intellectual Grasp of Basic Technical Knowledge
4. Isolated Movements
5. Coordinated Movements
6. Muscular Coordination
7. The Kinesthetic Sense
8. Posture
9. Means for Specific Technical Development
10. Historical Concepts and Perspective of Piano Technical Thought

The need for a more exhaustive update of this book is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that Georgy Sandor enjoys only one meager anecdotal quote with virtually nothing said of his impact on piano pedagogy or development of technique.

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#528865 - 12/02/07 10:06 AM Re: What are you reading?
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Originally posted by twitchy:
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I've just ordered a copy of Bruce Lipton's Biology of Belief. He is a biologist who seems to be saying that all 50 trillion cells in your body are the same as the 50 trillion cells in mine. The only difference is on the OUTSIDE of the cell. Attached to the outside of the cell wall are the individual's identity markers. He concludes that identity is EXTERIOR to the body. Relevance to piano playing? Hmm, you got me there.
That's strange, isn't DNA contained *inside* the cell? [/b]
No. As the sleeve note says - It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts.

Now I've read it I can say he knows what he's talking about. If nothing else it's a great primer on cell biology. Stupid New Age cover.
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#528866 - 12/02/07 10:08 AM Re: What are you reading?
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Thejourney, you are the proud owner of the best book EVER on piano playing. Congrats.
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#528867 - 12/03/07 10:44 AM Re: What are you reading?
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On Piano Playing - Gyorgy Sandor
Mastering the Chopin Etudes and Other Essays - Abby Whiteside
The Odyssey - Homer
The Libation Bearers - Aeschylus

If you've read the Iliad, Agamemnon by Aeschylus is a really great read. \:D
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#528868 - 12/03/07 04:56 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Frank Conroy's "Body & Sole". Just finished it for about the 7th time. It is inspirational for me as well as takeing place during a time and location I can relate to.
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#528869 - 12/03/07 09:45 PM Re: What are you reading?
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Rags and Ragtime: A Musical History, David A. Jasen and Trebor Jay Tichenor

Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things, Richard Wiseman, Ph.D. The music-related chapter \:\) was about infrasound (very low frequencies) and how it's experienced without being heard. It was responsible for one researcher's lab equipment moving independently across the floor (a poltergeist!) and also for some strange feelings by audience members during a concert. He talks about it's effects from organs, and that it may be part of the response that moves people in ways they describe as being very close to God. His experiments are done in the "real world" (he did one of the follow-up experiments on the "6 degrees of separation" finding), but he also reports on lab experiments.

Cathy
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#528870 - 12/03/07 11:35 PM Re: What are you reading?
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"Shine" written by the wife of David Helpgod. Good book!! like the movie.
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