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Subject: Re: Viva La France
From: Ximena Sepulveda <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ximena Sepulveda <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 13 May 2017 11:11:41 -0400
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I understand he is a trained musician.  Am I right?

On Sat, May 13, 2017 at 9:23 AM, Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]>
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> The new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, said this when asked who his
> favorite composer was....
>
> I have a great admiration for Rossini. For me, he occupies an essential
> place in the
> history of music. His freedom, his life and his genius have always
> impressed me.
> He took the opera out of its yoke by offering a new freedom to the voice:
> he
> completely reinvented lyrical singing. From Barbier to Voyage to Reims
> through
> Cenerentola, he has created an irresistible style - but I am also
> sensitive to his
> serious operas, such as Moses or Maometto II, which are given so rarely.
> In a very
> different way, I give a special prize to Bach. It has been a big deal for
> me. His work
> for keyboard (organ, harpsichord) and for cello is of a precision which
> does not
> prevent the spiritual elevation, but so to speak favors it. I hear less a
> mathematical coldness than a musical discourse carrying all the possible
> emotions.
> Bach is a traveller between several worlds, indefinable and brilliant.
>
> Next time I see him, I will asked him to join Opera-l. His English is
> certainly better
> than our president's.
>
> Frank Cadenhead
>
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