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Erin



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 2:51 pm    Post subject: Sad loss Reply with quote

Today I will listen to him play Bach over and over.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6598895.stm
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dearest Erin, the photo of Mstislav Rostropovich playing Bach as the Berlin Wall came down! The image is breathing...

"When I started learning the cello, I fell in love with the instrument because it seemed like a voice — my voice." — Rostropovich in Strad magazine.

"I've never heard the cello played like that. The technique was so fantastic. It was an immensely difficult concerto, and he was like a fish going through the water." — the late flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal in 1994.

"I know that after my letter there will be undoubtedly an 'opinion' about me, but I am not afraid of it. I openly say what I think. Talent, of which we are proud, must not be submitted to the assaults of the past." — Rostropovich in an open letter to the Soviet media in 1970 after the Kremlin's denunciation of dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

"If I have another life — a thousand lives — it (would) be exactly the same." — Rostropovich in 1994 on whether he had any regrets about his life.
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Erin



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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Madame,

You play! Learning the cello is one of the things I plan to do before I die. I knew I liked you.

Actually, I walked down the aisle to Bach's Cello suite #1 Prelude in G, and back down again to the Gigue. The others entered to Kontratanz by Beethoven. I wanted music that really tugged at my heart instead of the same March or Canon that everyone plays.

Rostropovich playing as the wall came down was one of the most beautiful influences of my life.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin Darlin'...the devil's in the details..

reread my post sweet one...

When I started learning the cello, I fell in love with the instrument because it seemed like a voice — my voice." — Rostropovich in Strad magazine.

my heart plays the cello...'n the flute, 'n the piano, 'n the harp, 'n the drums.........

hoping ya still like me Wink variation of Sally Field!
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Madame could play the cello, though, Erin. All she needs is a few extra hours in each day to do all the things she wants and loves to do.
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missed that didn't I.....hee, hee. I got so excited I couldn't wait to write back. That's why I never took tests well.
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Erin,

I didn't have a spare second to respond the day you posted this, but I cried all the way home listening to his music. He was just brilliant!

I am planning to play the violin - at some point in my life. So - you get a cello, I'll get a violin and Madame can play whatever it is that makes her heart sing - and we'll have a trio! A little chamber music!

All I can say is "Rostropovich est mort! Vive Rostropovich!" I am still grieving...
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A fine idea! I think we'll be a hit. If only with ourselves.
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2007 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin I love your new signature line! Where or what is it from???
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin's signature - my first guess would be The Simpsons. Homer to be precise.

Yes?
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David and Judy,

Judy, you're hilarious. Normally that would be my m.o., but not this time. I got it from "Arrested Development", the best show not on television. It was just too clever for television.

Oh and, smack as a descriptive is on my list of favorite words.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Erin---actually Dick and I just recently finished watching the first season of Arrested Development on DVD---he is begging me to get seson 2 now!! such bizarre fun
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

golly...Donna, Erin, et moi!...now let me see...over the lifetime (to date that is!) my heart has sung to drums, piano, violin, bagpipes, guitar!!!! boy oh boy can I air guitar...Keith Richards could learn a thing or two from me Wink

We've come back from a rather long drive home...we take turns in driving every two hours...a mixed stack of cds...Hot August Night..such a lot of air drumming with that one...not while driving of course..

oops...better write something celloish:

"My cello sonata in 1948 was also a disaster in terms of everybody hated it. I couldn't get it published. Now it's taught in most universities and it's played all the time." Elliott Carter

hugs of music
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