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Shapley wrote:Is Jo Sumi's last name or not?
I tried to find one of her CD's at the store, and it was in the "S" rack instead of the "J".
Shapley wrote:When you buy CD's online, you don't have to wrestle with that annoying security tape that is so hard to remove...
Shapley wrote:The security tape is a (usually) white strip stuck to the top edge or, on some CD's, stuck to all three opening edges. They have a corner marked "pull" which is stuck just as securely as the other three corners. I've decided the 'pull' was put on there as a sort of cruel joke. The only way to remove them easily is to cut them with knife down the middle and then pull the two halves apart, except that they will usually tear into tiny pieces, each of which has to be removed seperately. The glue is very sticky, so the removed pieces will adhere to your fingers, the knife, the plastic wrap that you've already removed, and anything else you allow them to come into contact with.
(1) Bach, Mozart, and some old Italian and English composers are my favorites in music: Beethoven considerably less — but certainly Schubert.
(2) It is impossible for me to say whether Bach or Mozart means more to me. In music I do not look for logic. I am quite intuitive on the whole and know no theories. I never like a work if I cannot intuitively grasp its inner unity (architecture).
(3) I always feel that Handel is good — even perfect — but that he has a certain shallowness. Beethoven is for me too dramatic and too personal.
(4) Schubert is one of my favorites because of his superlative ability to express emotion and his enormous powers of melodic invention. But in his larger works I am disturbed by a certain lack of architectonics.
(5) Schumann is attractive to me in his smaller works because of their originality and richness of feeling, but his lack of formal greatness prevents my full enjoyment. In Mendelssohn I perceive considerable talent but an indefinable lack of depth that often leads to banality.
(6) I find a few lieder and chamber works by Brahms truly significant, also in their structure. But most of his works have for me no inner persuasiveness. I do not understand why it was necessary to write them.
(7) I admire Wagner's inventiveness, but I see his lack of architectural structure as decadence. Moreover, to me his musical personality is indescribably offensive so that for the most part I can listen to him only with disgust.
(8 ) I feel that [Richard] Strauss is gifted, but without inner truth and concerned only with outside effects I cannot say that I care nothing for modern music in general. I feel that Debussy is delicately colorful but shows a poverty of structure. I cannot work up great enthusiasm for something of that sort.
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