Robert DuPuy

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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Robert DuPuy recently concluded his stint as President of Major League Baseball, the organization that operates both the National and American Leagues.  He has also had a life-long passion for classical music having studied four instruments.

In this interview with host, Gilbert Kaplan, he reveals:

  • Pitchers often listen to classical music “to get into the mood and ready to pitch.”
  • His first recording was Glenn Gould’s 1955 performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
  • He has always found time to teach law and listens to Beethoven Sonatas while grading exams.
  • He took the recording of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini to Vietnam during the war: “It helped me get through that time.”
  • Schubert’s String Quintet is “the most beautiful piece of music ever written – every movement is a masterpiece.”
  • His musical fantasy would be to play the trumpet in the pit orchestra for a Broadway play.
  • At his funeral he wants Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies played.

Guests:

Robert DuPuy

Comments [3]

Zach Blovovian from Ether, Ore.

You know, I'm not satisfied with my previous posting. Actually, I don't mind hearing what overpaid corporate executives listen to -- *as long as they are balanced with other types of guests.*

Maybe this is the show that doesn't need to feature musicians. But in that case, let us hear from librarians, mechanics, teachers, dentists, accountants, landscapers, editors, project managers, restaurateurs, photographers, carpenters, fortune tellers, carnival geeks, computer programmers, theatre directors . . . .

Apr. 03 2011 10:11 PM
Zach Blovovian from Ether, Ore.

I'll see Frank Feldman's crituque and up him one: I don't think I've *ever* heard a musician on this show. Every time it comes on I wonder why I'm supposed to care about what music some overpaid corporate executive listens to. This is one of the shows I'd hoped would disappear when WNYC took over.

Maybe this helps attract corporate sponsors for music, in which case I'll put on a CD in the meantime and tune back in later . . . . It would also help to have a host who doesn't put listeners to sleep.

OK, everyone down on our knees and bow to the capitalists and their keen artistic insights.

Apr. 03 2011 09:19 PM
Frank Feldman

No disrespect to your present guest intended. For me, the show is a bore when the guest is not a distinguished musician. Do the rich and successful have superior musical taste merely by virtue of their wealth and success? I think not.

Apr. 03 2011 08:56 PM

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