Quartet

 

Quartet

 


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Kato, did you attend your friend’s wedding recently, huh?


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No, I didn’t… Why do you ask me such a question?

Well…, it’s obvious that you’ve pasted a clip of Johann Pachelbel’s 《Canon in D Major》, which has been used frequently in weddings these days.

I see… Diane, you’re quite knowledgeable about today’s wedding fad, eh?

It’s commen sense, isn’t it?

Oh…? I didn’t know that.

Then how come you pasted the above photo of the wedding string quartet?

Well…, I’ve recently watched the following movie:

 


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Directed by Dustin Hoffman in 2011 based on the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood, this British drama depicts the lives at Beecham House—a retirement home for former professional musicians, patterned after the real-life Casa di Riposo per Musicisti founded by Giuseppe Verdi.

 


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Although the cultured Englishfolk live peacefully in a beautifully maintained residence for retired musicians, the film lacks a real drama with turns and twists.

The story appears predictable and lack-lustre.

 

Quartet

 


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PLOT

 

The drama takes place in Beecham House, where live Reg, Wilf and Cissy who often worked together in the past.

Among other residents are Cedric Livingstone, a former director, and diva Anne Langley.

All the guests in the retirement home continue to be engaged in their former professions in one way or the other, including lecturing and initiating young people to music.

Finances threaten closure of the home, but proceeds from a yearly gala concert on Verdi’s birthday hold hope for a continuation of the place.

However, Cedric has become rather desperate because some of the most prominent singers have either died or decided not to participate at all.

Reg, Wilf and Cissy were in the cast of a very highly rated recording of the opera Rigoletto, which includes a famous quartet for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and baritone (“Bella figlia dell’amore”).

This version is very prominent among opera buffs as “the Rigoletto” of the post-war era.

One day, Reg is shocked to find his former wife Jean Horton, the missing soprano of the Rigoletto recording, turning up to live at Beecham House.

Reg is angry not to have been warned as their parting was on very sour terms.

At first, Jean tries unsuccessfully to mend things with Reg.

In the ensuing conversations her infidelity arises, as well as her past marriages, but Reg comes to understand that all that is past.

In the meantime, Wilf and Cissy convince Cedric that bringing together those who sang the quartet on the famous recording to sing it again for the Verdi Gala concert will sell enough tickets to save the home.

Enchanted with the idea, they persuade Reg to overcome his objections to performing with Jean again.

However, she is harder to persuade as she vowed never to sing again after retiring.

Cissy takes Jean flowers from the garden to cheer her up, and asks if she wishes to discuss the quartet, but Jean becomes violent and attacks Cissy, which only aggravates Cissy’s already delicate senile condition.

Jean apologises and is finally persuaded to sing in the quartet from Rigoletto, after learning that Anne Langley will be singing “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca.

The group prepares for their performance and, moments before their curtain call, Cissy gets very confused and attempts to walk out the door, saying that she has to go back to her family, but Jean manages to salvage the situation.

During her conversation with Cissy, Jean expresses regret for all her past bad behaviour towards Reg and admits that she is still in love with him.

Reg overhears this.

Just as the recital is about to start, the director of the home is amazed at the energy displayed by the guests of the home.

The idea of rehearsing and playing before an audience brings life back to them, leading her to the conclusion that old age and art go together.


SOURCE: “Quartet (2012 film)”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I see… So, you viewed the above movie on May 14, didn’t you?

Yes, I did… and I jotted down the above comment.

Kato, you wrote down, “The film lacks a real drama with turns and twists. The story appears predictable and lack-lustre.”

Yes, I did… Is there anything wrong with my impression?

Well…, I see some romance among the residents… Don’t you think that’s good enough for the elder folks?

I don’t think so… I wanna see more excitement and surprise in the movie.

Like what?

You know… The above movie was directed by Dustin Hoffman, who got an inspiration viewing the following documentary:

 


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Directed by Daniel Schmid in 1984, this 87-minute Italian documentary depicts the lives at the Casa di Riposo per Musicisti of Milan, the world’s first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896.

 


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Dustin Hoffman cited this film as a direct inspiration for his 2012 film “Quartet”.

If you’re a music lover in general and an opera fan in particular, this is a must-see.

So, Kato, you’re saying that the documentary appears much better than Hoffman’s movie, huh?

Yes, that’s quite right… You see, all the people in the documentary are real people, I mean, the retired opera singers and musicians who sing arias and play the music marvellously—even after their retirement… I was thrilled and fascinated—this excitement and fascination, which I couldn’t get from the Hoffman movie, seems like a rare godsend.

Kato, you’re exaggerating!

Oh, am I?

So, you’ve just brought up the above title—just to tell me about your excitement and fascination, huh?

Well…, there’s more to it.

What else are you talking about?

The Casa di Riposo per Musicisti of Milan is the world’s first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896… Diane, do you know him?

I have never met him, but I know that he composed the world famous opera 《Aida》…


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Set in the Old Kingdom of Egypt, it was commissioned by Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House and had its première there on 24 December 1871, in a performance conducted by Giovanni Bottesini.

Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world.

At New York’s Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been sung more than 1,100 times since 1886.

Ghislanzoni’s scheme follows a scenario often attributed to the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, but Verdi biographer Mary Jane Phillips-Matz argues that the source is actually Temistocle Solera.

 

Setting

The libretto does not specify a precise time period, so it is difficult to place the opera more specifically than the Old Kingdom.

For the first production, Mariette went to great efforts to make the sets and costumes authentic.

Given the consistent artistic styles throughout the 3000-year history of ancient Egypt, a given production does not particularly need to choose a specific time period within the larger frame of ancient Egyptian history.

 

Backstory

The Egyptians have captured and enslaved Aida, an Ethiopian princess.

An Egyptian military commander, Radamès, struggles to choose between his love for her and his loyalty to the King of Egypt.

To complicate the story further, the King’s daughter Amneris is in love with Radamès, although he does not return her feelings.


SOURCE: “Aida”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

So, Diane, you love his opera, eh?

Yes, I do.

Do you know, Diane, Giuseppe Verdi was an intensely private person?

Oh…, in what way?

Giuseppe Verdi

 


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10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901

 

He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron.
Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him.

By his 30s, he had become one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

In his early operas, Verdi demonstrated a sympathy with the Risorgimento movement which sought the unification of Italy.
He also participated briefly as an elected politician.

 

Personality

Not all of Verdi’s personal qualities were amiable.

John Rosselli concluded after writing his biography that “I do not very much like the man Verdi, in particular the autocratic rentier-cum-estate owner, part-time composer, and seemingly full-time grumbler and reactionary critic of the later years”, yet admits that like other writers, he must “admire him, warts and all…a deep integrity runs beneath his life, and can be felt even when he is being unreasonable or wrong.

Budden suggests that “With Verdi…the man and the artist on many ways developed side by side.” Ungainly and awkward in society in his early years,
“as he became a man of property and underwent the civilizing influence of Giuseppina,…[he] acquired assurance and authority.”

He also learnt to keep himself to himself, never discussing his private life and maintaining when it suited his convenience legends about his supposed ‘peasant’ origins, his materialism and his indifference to criticism.

Mendelsohn describes the composer as “an intensely private man who deeply resented efforts to inquire into his personal affairs.

He regarded journalists and would-be biographers, as well as his neighbors in Busseto and the operatic public at large, as an intrusive lot, against whose prying attentions he needed constantly to defend himself.”

Verdi was similarly never explicit about his religious beliefs.
Anti-clerical by nature in his early years, he nonetheless built a chapel at Sant’Agata, but is rarely recorded as going to church.

Strepponi wrote in 1871 “I won’t say [Verdi] is an atheist, but he is not much of a believer.”

 

Verdi today

The music of Verdi can still evoke a range of cultural and political resonances.

Excerpts from the Requiem were featured at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

 


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SOURCE: “Giuseppe Verdi”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I see… Not all of Verdi’s personal qualities were amiable. Verdi is NOT an atheist, but he is not much of a believer… Yet he founded the world’s first nursing home for retired opera singers… Why is that?

Well…, it says that a deep integrity runs beneath his life, and can be felt even when he is being unreasonable or wrong. His generosity and benevolence has something to do with his deep integrity, I suppose.

I see… So his deep integrity made him found the world’s first nursing home for retired opera singers, huh?

Yes, it did, I suppose.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Do you think that Giuseppe Verdi was actually a generous pesron with goodwill?

What? You don’t really care about it, do you?

“Tell me another interesting story!”

If you say so, I’ll show you the following clip:

Here’s a clip for a certain woman to use for making love.

 


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How do you like the above music?

Are you tired of sexy music?

Well… here’s a mood-changing tune just for you.

Gess what?… You can now laught to the last tears.

 


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  Mr. Mathane

 

In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival

Sweets@Paris

Scary Quake

MH370 Mystery

Putin’s Way

Trump @ Vancouver

Otter & Trump


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Changeling

Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!


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Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


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Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot

Bach Collegium Japan

Dolly the Sheep

Golden Shower

Cleopatra

Strange Love


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Bach Collegium Japan

 

Bach Collegium Japan

 


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Kato, are you an enthusiastic Bach fan?


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Well… I love music in general, but I’m not much of a Bach fan.

Then how come you jotted down Bach Collegium Japan in the above?

Actually, I read an article in the free news and entertainment weekly of Vancouver.

 

Bach Collegium Japan

brings fresh ears

to Baroque music

by Alexander Varty

December 5th, 2018


In Japan, land of Living National Treasures, artists and artisans can receive formal recognition—and a state stipend—for their work in disciplines as diverse as gagaku, kabuki, doll-making, metalwork, and weaving.

The idea is to preserve what are called Intangible Cultural Properties: the aesthetic traditions that help define Japanese identity and that continue to exert an influence over contemporary Japanese culture.

 

So it’s not surprising that the island nation would be hospitable to current directions in early music: historically informed performance, in which once overlooked but historically accurate devices such as improvisation are employed to bring ancient scores to life, and the use of period instruments or reproductions thereof, which differ in both sound and appearance from later models.

Bach Collegium Japan, which plays an Early Music Vancouver concert this weekend, adheres to both, and has been enthusiastically received at home.

But according to its founder, keyboardist, and conductor, Masaaki Suzuki, that’s not because of its deep respect for the past.

Instead, he explains in a telephone interview from Los Angeles, it’s because, to Japanese ears, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries sounds intriguing and new.

 

“The compositions of Bach, especially the vocal works, are quite far from the kind of Japanese sense of the language and also the culture,” Suzuki says in careful but heavily accented English.

“So everything that I loved during my student time and also later on was very fresh.…Languagewise, for example, we don’t have anything in common.

But once you learn the German texts, you can understand how important it is to have good pronunciation and the correct accents and intonation and so on.

“Of course, we all are Japanese, so we are very much influenced by our Japanese background and culture,” he continues.

“But still, you know, there is so much difference between Japanese and European culture—and especially German culture. That makes it more fresh.”

Suzuki was introduced to Baroque music as a student at the University of Tokyo; he cites the groundbreaking 1950s recordings of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien as particularly influential.

Later on, he moved to Amsterdam, where he studied with early-music royalty in the form of conductor and keyboardist Ton Koopman.

For the past 28 years, he and Bach Collegium Japan have been repaying his mentors with a string of glowingly received recordings of Bach, including a definitive, multidisc edition of the complete cantatas.

The great German will play a part in Bach Collegium Japan’s upcoming EMV show; Suzuki and company will open with his Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor.

 

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor

 

Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D Minor, he goes on to say, was quite popular during the early part of the 18th century—and has more recently enjoyed an unexpected rebirth in Japan.

“Bach had arranged this piece for the Habsburg court musicians; there were 17 arrangements by Bach for Habsburg soloists—many of them Italian composers’ concerti—and this one was one of them.

Actually, the first movement of Marcello’s oboe concerto was once used for a Japanese TV commercial quite a long time ago, so this music has been quite popular in Japan.”

Whether we can deduce anything about either the Japanese soul or Baroque music from this, Suzuki doesn’t say.

But it’s a sure thing that the program he’s assembled for Bach Collegium Japan’s North American tour will offer new insights into music that, yes, still does sound fresh 300 years after it was created.

“Bach never travelled, only through the music,” Suzuki points out.

“So it is very interesting to know his sources, and to see his library. I’m always very, very much interested in what he had listened to and what he had experienced—and it’s very much helpful to understand his music, as well.”

Bach Collegium Japan plays the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at 3 p.m. on Sunday (December 9).

 

Oboe Concerto in D Minor

 


SOURCE: 『Digital Version』

I see… So you’re impressed by the fact that the Japanese orchestra play Back’s early music: historically informed performance, in which once overlooked but historically accurate devices such as improvisation are employed to bring ancient scores to life, and the use of period instruments or reproductions thereof, which differ in both sound and appearance from later models.

Yes, you’re telling me, Diane.

Kato, tell me what Bach Collegium Japan is all about?

Well…, you can read the following article in the Wikipedia:

Bach Collegium Japan


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Bach Collegium Japan (BCJ) is composed of an orchestra and a chorus specializing in Baroque music, playing with period instruments.

It was founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki with the purpose of introducing Japanese audiences to European Baroque music.

Suzuki still remains its music director.

The ensemble has recorded all of Bach’s cantatas, a project that extended from 1995 to 2018 and accounts for over half of its discography.

They have toured Asia, Europe and North America, with many performances as cultural festivals such as Edinburgh Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Festival Internacional Cervantino the Bach Festival in Leipzig, the Oregon Bach Festival and the Boston Early Music Festival.

Five years after the Collegium was founded, they began a project to record all the Bach cantatas, finishing in 2013.

Working with Swedish record label BIS, the work was performed at a Christian chapel at Kobe University, one of the few Christian churches in the country large enough to properly perform such works.

These recordings account for over half of the ensemble’s 99-album discography.


SOURCE: “Bach Collegium Japan”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I see… It was founded in 1990, and they have toured Asia, Europe and North America, huh?

Yes, they have.

Kato, did you go to the Chan Centre to enjoy the music on December 9?

No, I’m afraid not.

Why not?

‘Cause I was quite busy writing many articles for my blogs.

No kidding!  You should’ve shuffled your schedule somehow to attend the concert.

I thought so, but fortunately I’ve found the following clip for the world-famous composer… I listened to the following piece so many times.

 


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I see… So, Kato, you’re particularly interested in the early music: historically informed performance, in which once overlooked but historically accurate devices such as improvisation are employed to bring ancient scores to life, and the use of period instruments or reproductions thereof, which differ in both sound and appearance from later models.

Yes, you’re telling me.

But why?

‘Cause I love the sounds of harpsichord.

Harpsichord


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A harpsichord is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard which activates a row of levers that in turn trigger a mechanism that plucks one or more strings with a small plectrum.

The term denotes the whole family of similar plucked-keyboard instruments, including the smaller virginals, muselar, and spinet.

The harpsichord was widely used in Renaissance and Baroque music.

During the late 18th century, with the rise of the piano, it gradually disappeared from the musical scene.

In the 20th century, it made a resurgence, being used in historically informed performances of older music, in new compositions, and in certain styles of popular music.

 

History

The harpsichord was most likely invented in the late Middle Ages.
By the 16th century, harpsichord makers in Italy were making lightweight instruments with low string tension.
A different approach was taken in the Southern Netherlands starting in the late 16th century, notably by the Ruckers family.
Their harpsichords used a heavier construction and produced a more powerful and distinctive tone.
They included the first harpsichords with two keyboards, used for transposition.

The Flemish instruments served as the model for 18th century harpsichord construction in other nations.
In France, the double keyboards were adapted to control different choirs of strings, making a more musically flexible instrument.
Instruments from the peak of the French tradition, by makers such as the Blanchet family and Pascal Taskin, are among the most widely admired of all harpsichords, and are frequently used as models for the construction of modern instruments.

In England, the Kirkman and Shudi firms produced sophisticated harpsichords of great power and sonority.
German builders extended the sound repertoire of the instrument by adding sixteen foot and two foot choirs; these instruments have recently served as models for modern builders.

In the late 18th century the harpsichord was supplanted by the piano and almost disappeared from view for most of the 19th century: an exception was its continued use in opera for accompanying recitative, but the piano sometimes displaced it even there.
Twentieth century efforts to revive the harpsichord began with instruments that used piano technology, with heavy strings and metal frames.

Starting in the middle of the 20th century, ideas about harpsichord making underwent a major change, when builders such as Frank Hubbard, William Dowd, and Martin Skowroneck sought to re-establish the building traditions of the Baroque period.
Harpsichords of this type of historically informed building practice dominate the current scene.


SOURCE: “Harpsichord”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Have you ever played the harpsichord?

No, I have not… I wish I could.

Why not?

I’ve never touched the instrument in my life.

You should buy one, Kato.

You gotta be kidding… It would cost a fortune… In any case, I’m happy as long as I can listen to the above clip.

Are you crazy about “Air on the G String”?

Yes, I am… As a matter of fact, I know and love only “Air on the G String” among all music pieces Bach had ever composed.

Air on the G String

 

“Air on the G String” is August Wilhelmj’s arrangement of the second movement in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068.

The arrangement differs from the original in that the part of the first violins is transposed down so that it can be played entirely on a violin’s lowest string, i.e., the G string.

It is played by a single violin (instead of by the first violins as a group).

 

Bach’s original

 

Bach’s third Orchestral Suite in D major, composed in the first half of the 18th century, has an “Air” as second movement, following its French overture opening movement.
The suite is composed for three trumpets, timpani, two oboes, strings (two violin parts and a viola part), and basso continuo.
In the second movement of the suite however only the strings and the continuo play.
This is the only movement of the suite where all other instruments are silent.

The music of the “Air” is written on four staves, for first violins, second violins, violas, and continuo.
The interweaving melody lines of the high strings contrasts with the pronounced rhythmic drive in the bass.

 

Wilhelmj’s arrangement

 

In the late 19th century, violinist August Wilhelmj arranged the second movement of Bach’s third Orchestral Suite for violin and an accompaniment of strings, piano or organ (harmonium).
On the score he had printed auf der G-Saite (on the G string) above the stave for the solo violin, which gave the arrangement its nickname.

In Wilhelmj’s version the piece is transposed down from its original key (D major) to C major.
Then the part of the first violins is transposed down a further octave and given to a solo violin that can play the entire melody on its lowest string, the G string.
The dynamic markings added by Wilhelmj are more in line with a romantic interpretation than with the baroque original.

As a violin can’t play very loudly in its lowest register, all the other parts of Bach’s music were firmly reduced in Wilhelmj’s version: the keyboard part is to be played staccato and pianissimo, causing the effects of interweaving melodies and of drive in the bass part to go lost.
In the strings accompaniment version the violins and violas play muted (con sordino), and the bass part for cellos and double basses is to be played pizzicato and sempre pianissimo, with the same change in effect compared to Bach’s original.

Later, a spurious story was put about that the melody was always intended to be played on the G string alone.
The violin solo part of Wilhelmj’s arrangement is sometimes played on the counter-tenor violoncello.
As a result of the popularity of the piece, on the G string remained in the name of various arrangements whether or not a string instrument playing on its G string was involved.

Most of these versions have in common that the original melody of the first violins is played in the low register of a solo instrument, accompanied by a reduction of the material of the other parts of Bach’s piece, although occasionally versions that stay more in line with Bach’s original can go by the same name.


SOURCE: “Air on the G String”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How about you, Diane?  Do you like the above tune?

I like it… It’s quite popular among classic pieces… I seem to listen to the modern version.

 


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Yes, that is the piece arranged by August Wilhelmj, isn’t it?

I guess so… Of course, Jacques Loussier re-arranged it like jazz.

Actually, Diane, this piece is played by different kinds of instruments.

Oh…? For example?

Well…, the following is the performance by the Mandolin Music Club of Hamamatsu High School in Japan.

 


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Fantastic, isn’t it?

Do you like it?

Oh, I love it so much.

Then you might as well like the following performance.

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How come June shows up in her bikini?… It has nothing to do with “Air on the G String”, has it?

Well…, actually she stands in the background of the sheet music of “Air on the G String”.

Does June play it by herself.

Unfortunately, June does NOT play, but somebody else plays it on her behalf.

 


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Amazing and amusing!… I’ve never imagined that anybody could play it with G-string.

You should be able to play it with your own G-string.

G-string


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A G-string is a type of thong, a narrow piece of fabric, leather, or satin that covers or holds the genitals, passes between the buttocks, and is attached to a waistband around the hips.

A G-string can be both worn by men and women.

It may also be worn in swimwear, where it may serve as a bikini bottom, but may be worn alone as a monokini or topless swimsuit.

G-strings may also be worn by exotic or go-go dancers.

As underwear, a G-string may be worn in preference to panties to avoid creation of a visible panty line, or to briefs in order to enhance sex-appeal.

The two terms G-string and thong are sometimes used interchangeably; however, technically they refer to different pieces of clothing.


SOURCE: “G-string”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Do you wear a G-string?

Oh no, I don’t… I’m too mosdest to wear such a novelty.

Well, actually, a G-string isn’t quite new at all… It became quite popular in the 1930s.

Oh…? Why is that?

In Chicago, a stripper named Margie Hart became famous while she danced wearing a G-string.

 


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I see, but why in Chicago?

In those days, they produced G-strings more by mass production in Chicago than any other cities in the world.

I see… So, Margie Hart became “Margie with a G-string” rather than “Air on the G-string”, didn’t she?

Yes, you’re telling me, Diane.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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So much for G-string.

Now talking about musical instruments, I’ll show here an unusual instrument.

Gess what?

You also have this particular instrument.

You might as well play it by yourself.

Now see the performance by this particular musical instrument.

 


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  Mr. Mathane

 

In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival

Sweets@Paris

Scary Quake

MH370 Mystery

Putin’s Way

Trump @ Vancouver

Otter & Trump


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Changeling

Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!


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Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


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Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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