Questions from “Amy” — S D reply…

Amy says:
Who’s the “ringleader” you’re referring to, Pamela? Is this a real person or a character in your novel/screenplay you’ve been working on?

PB: Apparently Amy is unaware of the concept that truth can be even stranger than fiction.

And Amy say:
(clicking Pamela Brown’s name above leads to a blog that exists primarily to repeat her comments on Slipped Disc.)

PB: With all due respect, that statement is just a bit superficial. While the blog does include my SD replies (specified as such) , it also includes a number of posts, and even photos, that are biographical.

Waiting for an apology from the players? May be a long wait… s d reply

Bob Smith said, “I hope the Musicians apologize to the community and donors who they insulted during their union inspired year and a half tantrum. “

I am still waiting for a proper introduction from the ringleader of the clique I call “Monostatos” and an apology to my children for the effects they experienced by my being, in effect, ‘locked out.’

We may both have a bit of a wait. :-0

What is Die Zauberflote — or as some players call it, “the real magic flute”?

For quite a while I sat on the inside of something that, because I dealt with it every day seemed normal, but which was, in fact, unusual. Right from the start it seemed that whenever I picked up the flute and played, curious and sometimes frightening things started to happen.  Some gritted their teeth; others burst into tears of joy, some seemed to remain stoic.  Some turned on me in fury.  Others walked away in stony silence.

But the undeniable truth was that circumstances always change when I play the flute.  I have learned through trials that everything is used for good, no matter what the surface appearance may be.  I have learned that this energy of music protects me and my family from all harm.  I have learned that it pretty much stops ill intent in its tracks.  Some seem to hear the voice of Mozart in it.  Others, with ill-intent, have heard a voice in their own heads.  One called it ‘a riding crop voice’.  It may be that of the dark angel, the “Night Magician.”


Still, it is always a mystery.

The Parting of the Red Sea…

On this day, some years ago, Christopher Rand left the house of Pamina Payne and her children, tail between his legs, never to return.  It became a day celebrated with joy and relief every year.  It was a miracle — the light and loveliness of the magic flute had delivered them from the ill-intent of Rand, and also from the hand of Lermontov, the Night Magician.  No matter how simple their fare, or what challenges they faced, they were always grateful for this gift of freedom from tyranny.  P2A..Rossignol I.

#Minnegeddon — angst at its finest…but is it Mozart, or anti-Mozart? :-0

The locked out MO players have banded together with the almost-equally-distressed Minnesota Chorale this weekend, in a program of sadness — the Britten War Requiem and the piece most distasteful to Wolf in his last days — the Mozart Requiem:

It is ironic, of course, that the MO has a connection to the anti-Mozart movie “Amadeus”, in that the score was conducted by its then director, SNM, who reportedly was upset when he realized there was no Oscar category for a movie score not composed for the movie. 

It is also ironic that back in the 70’s the then-conductor SS, along with the help of the Board, decided to change the name of the treasured and highly-regarded Minneapolis Symphony to the “Minnesota Orchestra”.  Apparently, none of them had done their homework.  In fact, SS is known to claim that he ‘loves Mozart’ yet seems to have very little understanding of what the real Mozart was all about.  Hence, the new name of the MSO is quite similar to that of the wicked servant in Sarastro’s temple — Monostatos.  Ironically, too, of course, there was no “Minnesota” in 1791 when Mozart wrote his last major opera Die Zauberflote, so one might open the door to the possibility that Mozart was either psychic or a prophet.  

And then we have the saga of the MO, in which a handful of players decided (without bothering to inform the MOA) to try to entice the Other Mozart onto the stage at Orchestra Hall to practice, in order to make them a target for destruction.  All of the information regarding these events have been made available to all of the parties involved.  As yet, it seems that no one has, as yet, been able to see the forest for the trees.  And now we have the locked-out players appearing to prefer the highly controversial Mostly-Mozart Requiem of Wolf to providing a proper introduction for the living one which they continue to try to keep locked-out.  Irony, indeed….


Was Mozart poisoned? s d reply…

Have you so little curiosity? There seem to be a couple of issues worth debating.  Was Mozart, as he said, actually poisoned? What was Salieri’s main concern, guilt over feeling he had contributed (directly or indirectly) to Mozart’s early demise, or concern that the rumours were flying all around Vienna that he was responsible — even to the point of Beethoven’s putting in his two cents worth? How did these rumours (if they were that) contribute to Salieri’s breakdown?

#Minnegeddon — who should bear the angst of the Orchestra Hall rebuild?..s d reply…

I don’t recall a referendum for the citizens to vote on, per se, on the issue of the rebuild of orchestra hall. The MN legislature may have. I wrote to Gov. Pawlenty asking him to allow the uber rich patrons of the MO to take on the burden of the hall rebuild rather than the already overtaxed ordinary taxpayers of MN. Of course, that didn’t happen.