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Subject: Re: Viva La France
From: Andrew Moravcsik <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Andrew Moravcsik <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 13 May 2017 17:53:55 +0000
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"He's a friend of mine..Jake Rossini, huge composer."

Andrew Moravcsik

> On May 13, 2017, at 13:44, Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 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
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 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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