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Milton Babbitt has died
Slipped Disc ^ | 1/29/11 | Norman Lebrecht

Posted on 01/29/2011 2:50:14 PM PST by Borges

Milton Babbitt, godfather of American ascetic music, has died aged 94. He was far more than his music let on. A mathematician and wit, he once taught Stephen Sondheim, who spoke of him ever after with warm appreciation.

In a 2004 interview, Sondheim said: 'Babbitt taught me what long-line composition is about, how to organise music over a span of time. It has to be the musical equivalent of a plot in a play.'

(Excerpt) Read more at artsjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: classicalmusic; obituary

1 posted on 01/29/2011 2:50:16 PM PST by Borges
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To: .30Carbine; 1cewolf; 1rudeboy; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 31R1O; ADemocratNoMore; afraidfortherepublic; ...

Classical Music Ping


2 posted on 01/29/2011 2:51:43 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

“ascetic music”?

I must be one dumb MF.


3 posted on 01/29/2011 2:55:47 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6

Milton WHO?


4 posted on 01/29/2011 2:58:45 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: traderrob6

I must be one dumb MF.

Me too Buddy. Something tells me this old Texas boy would sucking on a gun after 5 minutes of listening.


5 posted on 01/29/2011 2:59:47 PM PST by chesty_puller (70-73 USMC VietNam 75-79 US Army Wash DC....VietNam was safer.)
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To: chesty_puller

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rd5_9hyWm0


6 posted on 01/29/2011 3:02:44 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
Being the teacher of Sondheim.

Not too shabby as far as legacies go.

7 posted on 01/29/2011 3:03:14 PM PST by OddLane
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To: Borges

Haven’t paid attention to Babbitt since the late ‘60s. He was a composer more to read about than listen to.


8 posted on 01/29/2011 3:04:14 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Borges

Milton Friedman had the same hair.


9 posted on 01/29/2011 3:30:36 PM PST by Tax-chick (An attack on Sarah Palin is an attack on me.)
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To: Borges

Rest in peace


10 posted on 01/29/2011 3:32:01 PM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: Borges

Listened to about 10 seconds. Awful!

Inquiring minds want to know: Did Groucho Marx have white hair before he died?


11 posted on 01/29/2011 3:33:57 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: Borges

RIP.


12 posted on 01/29/2011 3:36:43 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: WestwardHo

We did not love this music. I even tried the String Quartet, figuring it would be recognizable music. Nope.

Since the gentleman was a mathematician, it probably makes sense if you run the equations. My crazy 9-year-old would probably like it, but I’m not even going to try or he’ll be checking out CDs from the library.


13 posted on 01/29/2011 3:39:23 PM PST by Tax-chick (An attack on Sarah Palin is an attack on me.)
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To: OddLane

No, not too shabby at all. I lived in NYC when Sondheim was in his prime and was fortunate enough to see some of his shows.


14 posted on 01/29/2011 3:39:30 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: WestwardHo

Like Twain wrote about Wagner, it’s not as bad as it sounds.


15 posted on 01/29/2011 3:44:19 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Jubtabulously We Thrive!)
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To: WestwardHo
Listened to about 10 seconds. Awful!

Kinda grows on you. OK scratch that. Kinda grows on ME. But I'm weird that way; I enjoy Ives, Schoenberg, Berg, etc...

16 posted on 01/29/2011 3:45:30 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: COBOL2Java

But I’m weird

I’ll bet you’re a vegan. LOL!


17 posted on 01/29/2011 3:48:18 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: WestwardHo
Hey, would a vegan drool at this picture? :-)


18 posted on 01/29/2011 3:51:54 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: All

Let's Put This Baby To Bed!!
Less Than $5.1k To Go!!
Please Help End The FReepathon

19 posted on 01/29/2011 3:54:51 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Tijeras_Slim
"Like Twain wrote about Wagner, it’s not as bad as it sounds."

LOl! Like she isn't as homely as she looks....

20 posted on 01/29/2011 3:55:24 PM PST by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: COBOL2Java

Oh man, do you have two of those? I’m gunna go eat something!


21 posted on 01/29/2011 4:01:01 PM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: Borges
And if you enjoyed that Babbitt piece, you're gonna LOVE this! One of my favorite Ives pieces:

Charles Ives: 3 Quarter-Tone pieces (1924)

NOTE: The two grand pianos are tuned a quarter-tone apart...

Personal note: When I was in High School, I asked my brother to drive me to a record store in Manhattan so I could buy my own LP (I'd first heard this composition in a music class). When we got home and I played it for him, he looked at me funny and said "What the heck is WRONG with you?"... :-)

22 posted on 01/29/2011 4:13:03 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Borges; COBOL2Java; Tijeras_Slim

"Oh, bravo! BRAAAH-VOOOOOO!"

23 posted on 01/29/2011 4:36:58 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Borges
If what your link goes to is this guy’s music, then Chesty Puller would have beat your ears until they looked like cauliflower!
24 posted on 01/29/2011 5:06:49 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Borges

He was also a major figure in the development of electronic synthesized music.

He lived a long life and stayed active teaching until the end.


25 posted on 01/29/2011 5:13:59 PM PST by harmonium
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To: Borges

What crap.


26 posted on 01/29/2011 5:25:33 PM PST by headstamp 2 ("My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter")
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