22 thoughts on “Music 105: Winter solstice

      1. simon682

        Vegetables and fruits doing well here in the northlands: tomatoes, runner beans, courgettes all progressing. Harvested gooseberries yesterday and white currants are just about there. Spent most of the year in the garden so far which is why 2017 has felt a truly wonderful year. All very best wishes. Simon

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  1. Shubha Athavale

    What a lovely orange sky. Thanks Bruce.Loved the music too.
    The pink Camellia in our garden is in bloom and the Magnolia buds will soon display their white, pink and mauve……we’ve had some glorious weather in Sydney recently…..I love Sydney winters….but then the long summer evenings on the deck…ah! they’re another thing!

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  2. exiledprospero

    A nearly perfect musical interlude–I think the lack of a fife in the instrumentation is keeping the piece a handbreadth from perfection.

    It’s AC35 in Bermuda (just outside my window, in fact) and the Kiwis have won 4 races–the Americans, 0. The competition continues on the weekend.

    Go Kiwis.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks you for supporting the winning cheating team! Oh to have a view out the window like that!
      The absence of the fife was intentional; its inclusion would so humiliate all other composers that the world would fall silent with bashfulness. I guess that’s fife.

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      1. exiledprospero

        Which reminds me: I always loved It’s a Wonderful Fife, the old Frank Capra film.

        And I think your intentional omission of the fife was on second thought brilliant. Sure Andrew Lloyd Webber would have had the fife all over the place. There’s nothing as soothing as the fife to cover the botched melodies of the musical theater genre.

        Yes, I see the Kiwis practicing every day. Did I mention I live by the sea?

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          I presume if they’re practising and you live by the sea then it’s not rugby, although it sounds a little fishy.

          I don’t actually know the Frank Capra film, although my father was also called Frank so I might be related.

          Certainly the fife is a good way for Lloyd Webber to disguise the melody when a tune comes from Puccini.

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