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Subject: Re: Viva La France
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 13 May 2017 13:44:07 -0400
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Actually, Trump says he's good friends with Rossini. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Discussion of opera and related issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Frank Cadenhead
Sent: Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:23 AM
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Subject: Re: Viva La France

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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