Tag Archives: classical music

Just a few titchy items…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s Raymond Chandler quotation is from the novel The High Window (1943): ‘Somebody had just opened the door of the outer office… It was a slim tall self-satisfied looking number in a tropical worsted suit of … Continue reading

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So Dave, you’re not a sophisticate after all?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s existential angst is centred around the sound of the word mountebank. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I suppose I must give the impression in these pages that I am quite an arty sort of person – perhaps even ‘cultured’. … Continue reading

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Pensive and wistful at the fair?…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s piece of classical music is Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a theme of Haydn, more commonly known in musical circles as ‘that awful racket’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s a photograph of mine from last October. Once a year … Continue reading

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At the ’80s nightclub…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s piece of classical music is Ravel’s Bolero, also known as ‘the repetitive interminable bloody racket’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s another picture, a scanned 35mm negative, from my days of old-style film and darkroom photography. This one is … Continue reading

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TV artiness and a jacket…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s piece of classical music is Joseph Heydn’s Concerto for Two Horns in F#minor (1780) known by players as ‘The Horrible Racket in a Damp Tunnel’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Last night I watched a BBC TV documentary about … Continue reading

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I name names…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured piece of classical music is Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 11 in G# Minor, also known colloquially as ‘Clinky-clonky bang-bang tiddle’. (G.M.) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Every now and then I like to escape from Dulltown for a … Continue reading

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Fun with lino…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s featured piece of classical music is Joseph Haydn’s string quartet No. 69 in F# minor, known as ‘Party Time with Mad Joe’. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Hey, this is another of my lino prints… the block is about … Continue reading

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