Says who?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 05:33 PM

Finding one’s own voice is a journey that every artist takes. And in most cases the very successful ones are those who are able to cast an artistic shadow that is unmistakably their own.

That fact allows us to identify Bach, Mozart, Armstrong, Glass almost immediately.

Recently I came across a quote by a composer whose music gets played regularly on this station. I'll paraphrase: “The music I enjoy has to be malleable enough to adapt itself to the song-like effusions of the soul and the fancy of dreams.” 

Can you identify the author of this quote and secondly does music that acheives this end appeal to you?

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Comments [4]

Elissa Querze

The reschedualing of Garrison Keeler to 7;30PM is unfortunate.
At that time I am watching Channel 13
The Jim Lehrer show.
I'll miss him.

Jul. 21 2010 11:51 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

"Fresh Air" on WNYC-FM, 3 to 4 PM today, June 29th, celebrated the Centennial of lyrics and song and musicals composer FRANK LOESSER! Without the slightest doubt, he was the most versatile lyricist to other composers, William
Schuman, Hoagy Carmichael, Burton Lane, Jule Styne, Alfred Newman, Frederick Hollander, and Arthur Schwartz. And he wrote the words AND music to his own musicals: "Where's Charley", "Guys and Dolls", "The Most Happy Fella",
"Greenwillow", and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". His words and music songs not in musicals: "Ballad of Rodger Young", "Two Sleepy People", They're Either Too Young or Too Old", "Spring will be a Little Late this
Year", "On a Slow Boat to China", "Baby, it's Cold Outside" and "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition". His music scoring for the film "Hans Christian Anderson" starring Danny Kaye had "Anywhere I Wander", "Wonderful
Copenhagen", "Inch Worm" and "Thumbelina". In over 60 films he contributed the lyrics to other composers songs. I rehearsed with him accompanying me at the grand piano "Most Happy Fella" for its first revival at the New York City
Center, Abba Boggin conducting. Frank told me that I was one of the few singers that he had heard that he would not have to scold to sing loud enough with a beautiful, text-clear sound to be heard, without a mike, to the back row
of the theater. At one of the rehearsals, he put down his cigarette, and I replaced it with a #2 "Eberhard" pencil with the eraser end where the "lips" end of the "Camel" cigarette had been, without his being aware of the switch. When he put the pencil to his lips, he shouted "You're trying to kill me" with a smile on his face. I said, "Frank, the pencil won't erase you like the cigarette might". He understood. He was a chain smoker. When he asked me where I got all my energy from, I replied that I needed only 2 hours sleep a night. He commented, "Then you must have a passion for your
singing". He himself would get up at 4 AM and drink coffee. Work until 9 AM and then go back to bed until Noon. He alternated 3 to 4 hours of work with 3 or 4 hours of rest, throughout the day's 24 hours. Thomas A Edison, the great American inventor had a similar pattern of work/doze, only difference, Edison was so short he slept on his roll top desk.
Loesser was born in New York City on June 29, 1910, he died there on July 26, 1969 at age 59, of lung cancer. Irving Berlin lived to age 100, who knows what we would be celebrating in masterpieces had Frank lived to HIS CENTENNIAL!!!

Jun. 30 2010 12:00 AM
Elizabeth from Hoboken, NJ

Debussy. And that was VERY paraphrased. And yes. I do like music that achieves that end.

Jun. 10 2010 10:14 AM
Michael Meltzer

Music, after it is recorded, does not change, it is we, the listeners, who must be "malleable."
We can only hope that the composer wraps his hammer in velvet.

Jun. 10 2010 05:02 AM

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