Alright, i'll play along. This is a little meme from Soho's site, and since i have the time to kill on this monday afternoon...
1. Name an opera you love for the libretto, even though you don't particularly like the music.
uh, i dont really listen to much opera other than einstien on the beach, and i think i'd be bored by that libretto (par contre, i love the music). I think for me this works in reverse. I dont know any opera text i like better than the music, the texts are usually rather banal.
2. Name a piece you wish Glenn Gould had played.
HA, if i liked Gould this might work. Uh, i dunno, John Cage's Sonatas and interludes. He probably could have done those fairly well.
3. If you had to choose: Charles Ives or Carl Ruggles
Ives. I sadly only know Ruggles through the written word and nothing more.
4. Name a piece you're glad Glenn Gould never played.
Anything Debussy post-1900. Images 2 contains some of the most delicate music ever written for piano.
5. What's your favorite unlikely solo passage in the repertoire?
hm. these questions are getting harder. Define solo and repetoire. haha.
does the flute in the begining of the orchestral version of Ravel's Barque sur l'ocean count? i think thats several flutes anyway. The opening to the Rite of Spring but i don't know how thats unlikely.
6. What's a Euro-trash high-concept opera production you'd love to see? (No Mortier-haters get to duck this one, either—be creative.)
again with the opera. ok, Puccini's Manon, sung and acted while suspended from bungee chords.
Imagine the chorus. heheh.
7. Name an instance of non-standard concert dress you wish you hadn't seen.
anything too rich looking, jewlery and that crap. I think people who exceed a certain income level and show it off should be forbidden from entering the concert hall.
8. What aging rock-and-roll star do you wish had tried composing large-scale chorus and orchestra works instead of Paul McCartney?
uh. George? i really dont know. Someone from they might be giants, they made good music.
9. If you had to choose: Carl Nielsen or Jean Sibelius?
this is a retarded question. Sibelius wins 16 times over. Just listen to his 4/5/6/7th symphonies and dare to tell me otherwise.
10. If it was scientifically proven that Beethoven's 9th Symphony caused irreversible brain damage, would you still listen to it?
Well, no. no i wouldnt, and I think beethoven would support me on this, as he has 8 others to enjoy afterall. its not the END of the world if i dont listen to the 9th, since it appears most people manage to get along just fine without listening to it... How long before y0u'd get brain damage? could i just do the last movement without the medical problems?
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