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lliam wrote:Elgar £20 notes withdrawn
The £20 English banknotes featuring Sir Edward Elgar have been withdrawn by the Bank of England and are no longer accepted in shops.
The Bank of England has been gradually phasing out the Elgar notes since 2007, replacing them with new notes featuring 18th-century economist Adam Smith.
The first Elgar notes, displaying the composer and Worcester Cathedral, where his Enigma Variations were premiered, were issued in June 1999.
Elgar’s removal from the £20 banknote has been called a ‘national disgrace’ by Jeremy Dibble, a music professor at Durham University, since the arts now no longer feature on Bank of England notes. "Dropping Elgar tells us much about the way in which the arts are now viewed in England. Bank notes should applaud the greatest aspects of England and English culture.
lliam wrote:Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Government backed study has revealed.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z0teQ3my5e
It is an innovation of Wahhabism, the most fanatical and extreme form of Islam, which started in Saudi Arabia and has now spread to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and to Pakistani communities in the UK.
I'd hope that as these folks live in the UK (or any other Western society), their strict rules will lessen under pressure from younger generations.
Schmeelkie wrote: We aren't forcing the Amish to dress like us...maybe because they're less likely to be accused of stomping on women's rights, but still.... Again, I don't have a good solution and do see it as a problem, but I doubt outlawing burkas is the answer.
Schmeelkie wrote:Lliam, Analog - I see your points, but I still can't agree with the law. It's assuming if you outlaw the burka, those so very intolerant men will let their women go out without it. Much more likely if a law like that passed, these women would now be confined to their homes - cutting off what little freedom they have.
Shapley wrote:I was able to see the St. Louis Symphony perform at Powell Hall yesterday. Joshua Bell was in town to perfrom Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, with David Roberton at the baton. Both did a fantastic job, in my opinion.
The concert opened with Symphony No. 1 by Kalinnikov. I was not familiar with this piece, but it was performed well. I partucularly enjoyed the second movement.
After the intermission, the concert resumed with Prokofiev's Lietenant Kije Suite. I thought the orchestra did an excellent job with this piece, one of my favourites.
As usual, our St. Louis audience had trouble with applause. They applauded furiously after the first movement of the Kalinnikov Symphony, which Prompted Robertson to acknowledge the applause, and advise us that there would now be three encores. Apparently, he is accustomed to this.
I mentioned a while back that the audience sat in silence after the first movement of Shore's Lord of the RIngs Symphony, which led to an awkward situation, given that conductor apparently refused to continue until the applause had been generated. We had to be more or less prompted to applaud. Of course, it didn't help then that none were familiar with the work as a 'symphony', and that the movment ended aburptly, leading the audience to wonder whether or the movement was over or they were experiencing technical difficulty. After that, the audience was on its guard, applauding at every lull in the music, which was equally awkward.
I bring that back up because it seems that, once so bitten, the audience remains forever applause-disfunctional. When Joshua Bell completed the first movement of the Tchaikovsky concerto, the audience stood to give him a standing ovation. Thus, once again, Mr. Robertson had to advise us that there would now be two encores. I did read, however, that applause after the first movement of that piece is not unexpected. A well-deserved ovation was given, appropriately, at the end of the work, but I thought the earlier attempt had dampened the impact of it.
We're such uncultured barbarians here in the Midwest. Maybe the Orchestra needs to add one of the 'Applause' signs such as they have on television game shows...
jamiebk wrote:(PS...you were lucky to hear such an esteemed musician play the Tchaikovsky...I heard it live once myself and was in awe over what it took to play it.)
Shapley wrote:jamiebk wrote:(PS...you were lucky to hear such an esteemed musician play the Tchaikovsky...I heard it live once myself and was in awe over what it took to play it.)
It is amazing to be able to watch them perform. Not being a musician myself, I am in admiration as to how they are able to produce such music flawlessly. I did not see any sheet music in front of Mr. Bell, nor could I see how it would have been much help, as his animated playing would have made it difficult to hold his focus on the page.
Our local symphony performed Vivaldi's Four Seasons last Spring, and I was amazed at the soloist ability to keep her place on the page as she wove back and forth, moved about, and even turned around, without losing her spot. She did have the sheet music in front of her, and I observed her turning pages between solos. I saw no inditication that Mr. Bell had any sheet music at all.
jamiebk wrote:Most of the "pros" don't use sheet music. reading the music often inhibits them...it's all in their heads (and hearts)
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