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#3766 Maizie

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 21:07

I think I found the same video - the date on it would have been after the time I was searching last time around.  Nice to see a few more versions out there.  I have got my ears, if not my fingers, around the first two movements (so I feel I know how it should sound, even if I can't make it sound like that yet), have to give the third movement a go, though I know that's the 'hard' one.

When I stubmled back upon the Baroque Now recording, one of my first thoughts was 'I have to get elemimele to listen to this' :D :D


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Posted 21 November 2019 - 21:56

niiiiiiiice! My only comment is that I truly adore the original Wendy Carlos Moog Bach, so I'm in a slight dilemma about whether adding recorder to that heavenly effect is a good or an unnecessary thing - but whichever way it goes, it's a thing that I'm glad someone tried! Bach's a strange one, because his music more than anyone's seems to do well when used on all sorts of odd instrumental combinations, but nevertheless it's not true (in my opinion) that it neglects the atmosphere of the instrument. It just seems to be open to new interpretations.

I have this theory that musical instruments are like a human life-span. There is a period when a human is very young, that they believe they can do anything, they're fresh and energetic, but often rather lacking in subtlety, which can be charming in itself - and they copy the adults but with completely unique youthful zest, unaware that they're not doing the same thing at all! The synthesiser was definitely at that stage when the famous Bach versions came out. 

Aren't we lucky there is so much lovely stuff out there to explore, both listening and playing?


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#3768 Maizie

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Posted Yesterday, 08:25

I do admit to adoring Sky's Toccata

There's a bit with decsending keyboard - 2.07 in the linked video - and if this is ever running in my head, at that point my brain sometimes jumps over to Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds.  Which I also adore.  But, it's just telling a story with singing and music; composers of any era are going to recognise that.

Can you tell the influence of Mr Maizie's prog rock teenage years on me?!


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#3769 thara96

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Posted Yesterday, 10:43

Can anyone recommend a recorder for a small child? I have a 3 year old who loves recorders. Since the day she was born, she has been exposed to the sounds of a recorder. I am looking at private expensive recorder teachers as well. Where do I find a first beginner recorder for her? What books do I buy? I think it will aid her confidence overall. Many thanks! 


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Posted Yesterday, 13:48

at that age, I'd go for the teacher who suits the kid rather than the teacher who matches the instrument. I don't think you can go far wrong with beginner instruments; if you find a local music shop that caters for school classical music (the sort that will have student flutes and clarinets) it is quite certain to sell school aulos and Yamaha descants, which are perfectly respectable instruments, tough, cleanable, and musically good. If you're wedded to wood, which some people are, then they will also sell inexpensive Hoehner wooden descants, about which I know nothing! The see-through plastic ones are also surprisingly good.

Just avoid recorders from non-musical sources, because (amazingly) it is still possible to find ones with non-standard "German" fingering (I got one from The Works, which surprised me).

As for books, sorry, I'm not sure; it's been a while since I had a three-year-old. Good luck!


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Posted Yesterday, 16:14

Thanks.

 

I am going to a music shop tomorrow to look around the place and see. And thanks for the tip! Will bear that in mind when I buy a recorder for her. What do you expect from a teacher? 


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