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Wagner´s Ring part1
youtube ^ | October 16, 2008 | yvonnedesire

Posted on 12/06/2010 8:08:25 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Anna Russell - The (First) Farewell Concert (1984) To end a long, hilarious career, classical music comedienne Anna Russell revived some of her best and funniest routines and took them on the road. This special PBS production, taped in Baltimore at the beginning of that 1984 tour, is a treasure for music lovers who understand that the thing they love can be charmingly goofy. The highlight of the disc, and the routine that most fans remember most fondly, is her discussion of the Ring cycle. She tells the convoluted story of Wagner's four-installment epic, with careful attention to its absurdities, and she sings all the roles in a voice ranging shakily but with determination through soprano, alto, tenor, and bass.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: classicalmusic; opera; wagner
It's funny and educational. For example, in the first opera (there are 4 in the Ring series of course) Alberich the dwarf casts a curse on the Ring, and we hear the musical theme for the curse. Hours and hours of opera later, the same music appears in a wedding song in which the same Ring is used.

The youtube version is divided into 3 parts. I will provide the links to the 2nd and third in my first post.

For those of you who liked the PDQ Bach version of Beethoven's 5th symphony, I think this will be right up your alley.

1 posted on 12/06/2010 8:08:31 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas
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To: Borges
part 2 part 3

Can you please ping the classical music list? Thanks.

2 posted on 12/06/2010 8:13:21 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: Obama is the dog who caught the fire truck!)
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To: mojito

wagner ping


3 posted on 12/06/2010 8:16:59 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: Obama is the dog who caught the fire truck!)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Heard this years ago. It’s hilarious.


4 posted on 12/06/2010 8:17:02 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: sitetest

I asked Borges for a classical music ping, but I think you own the classical music ping list. Can you ping that list for me?


5 posted on 12/06/2010 8:19:47 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: Obama is the dog who caught the fire truck!)
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To: eCSMaster

“the first woman that Siegfried has ever met who is not his aunt” LOL


6 posted on 12/06/2010 8:24:12 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: Obama is the dog who caught the fire truck!)
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To: eCSMaster

It certainly is hysterically funny. Anna Russell and PDQ Bach, classical music at it’s funniest! lol


7 posted on 12/06/2010 8:25:44 AM PST by tob2 (Merry Christmas to all!)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; .30Carbine; 1cewolf; 1rudeboy; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 31R1O; ...

Dear ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas,

Borges has a copy of the list, as well, for future reference, but I’m happy to ping the list.

Classical Music Ping List ping!

If you want on or off this list, let me know via FR e-mail.

Thanks,

sitetest


8 posted on 12/06/2010 8:30:13 AM PST by sitetest ( If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

“Love has certainly knocked the ginger out of her (Brunhilde).”


9 posted on 12/06/2010 8:34:44 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Check out the film “Sing Faster, a Stagehand’s Guide to the Ring Cycle”. If you cannot get the DVD, it’s on YouTube.

The San Francisco Opera produced the entire Ring Cycle about 15 years ago, and someone made a documentary about the stagehands who put it together. It was not only facinating, it was hilarious, with the giants stumbling and falling over on their stilts backstage, and the roadies trying to date the Rhine Maidens, but the best was the stagehands trying to relate the story of the entire Ring Cycle in a West Coast Stoner dialect to the cameraman while playing cards backstage between scenes.


10 posted on 12/06/2010 8:36:20 AM PST by PUGACHEV
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To: tob2
It certainly is hysterically funny. Anna Russell and PDQ Bach, classical music at it’s funniest! lol

I like the Spike Jones version of the Nutcracker Suite too (yes, he did the whole thing). He said he got the idea from listening to Stravinsky conduct wearing squeaky shoes:)

11 posted on 12/06/2010 8:41:43 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: Obama is the dog who caught the fire truck!)
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To: eCSMaster
“Love has certainly knocked the ginger out of her (Brunhilde).”

(Getting philosophical) I'm sure I am not the first to have the idea, but love in real life can get pretty ridiculous too, so is Wagner wrong to present it the same way?

12 posted on 12/06/2010 8:46:58 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: Obama is the dog who caught the fire truck!)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

“Wagner’s music is not as bad as it sounds.”
— Mark Twain


13 posted on 12/06/2010 9:05:14 AM PST by Elwood P. Doud (America, you voted for a negro socialist with an Islamic name - so why act surprised?)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Love, hate, power, greed, fear, trust, deception, ... all are portrayed in The Ring.

Wagner’s genius lies in the permutation of the basic theme of the Rhine into all the other themes: changing from major to minor, diminished chords for the ring, etc.

The permutations, I think, imitate the real-life permutations of emotions from one state to another, like love becomes hate, power corrupts, etc.

One could spend a lifetime absorbed in all the complexities of The Ring.


14 posted on 12/06/2010 9:06:44 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Thanks!


15 posted on 12/06/2010 9:08:42 AM PST by mojito
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Oh yes. Spike Jones, one of the greatest comic musicians ever!


16 posted on 12/06/2010 9:14:43 AM PST by tob2 (Merry Christmas to all!)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas
Thanks for posting this. I have Russell's Ring piece, along with much more, on a couple of old vinyls from the 1960s. I guard them like treasure. One of her funniest routines is "How to Write Your Own Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta."

One of her great lines when talking about another singer was: "She has resonance where her brains ought to be!"

17 posted on 12/06/2010 9:32:46 AM PST by Bernard Marx (I donÂ’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: eCSMaster
"One could spend a lifetime absorbed in all the complexities of The Ring."

And Wagner spent MOST of his life creating it.

Get the Met Opera DVD from the early 80's. Amazing.

If I ever have a chance to see the full cycle, I'll spend whatever I have to for that experience.

From soaring joy, to determination to the darkest of human moments...he covers it all in both music and story.

18 posted on 12/06/2010 9:33:02 AM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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