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Subject: Re: Halloween: Operas to Chill Your Blood By
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 3 Nov 2017 20:57:17 -0400
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I abhor the very existence of SWEENEY TODD, the worst single
theatrical experience I have ever been subjected to.  If it represents
your notion of  seasonal "party" fare,  I treasure instead the weight
of the coal in my stocking like gold.

dtmk

On Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 7:32 PM, Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Folks, I give you Mr, Kane, our resident party pooper, lol.
>
> Besides, we all know that in many places, Halloween (or, more properly,
> Hallowe'en,
> which used to confuse me when I saw it spelled that way as a kid, lol) is
> a month-long
> holiday, as decorations in some neighborhoods start going up on Oct 1st.
> On November
> 1st those decorations get replaced either with Thanksgiving-related
> designs, or
> sometimes things go straight to Xmas decorations. Which often stay up well
> past New
> Years. (Your neighborhood may vary, lol.)
>
> Just as Christmas is really a holiday concocted from the pagan solstice
> celebrations
> (according to modern wisdom, Jesus was probably born in the spring), all
> these fall
> holidays are designed to give us some joy as the days get shorter and
> darker. And of
> course all of them are good excuses to have fattening foods lol. (So is
> Hanukkah, where
> fried foods are the tradition).
>
> I say, let's celebrate. If Mr. Kane desires coal in his stocking, so be
> it. The rest of us can
> spend our time having fun and listening to music that complements the
> season, as we
> desire.
>
> And speaking of which, Sweeney Todd is very relevant, not just for its
> macabre nature,
> but also because the melody of the "Ballad of Sweeney Todd" is inspired by
> the gregorian
> chant melody of the "Dies Irae," which is certainly appropriate on All
> Hallows Eve.
>
>
>
> On Fri, 3 Nov 2017 17:24:36 -0400, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> >It was, and like most of them, shouldn't have been,
> >because there's no such thing as an opera appropriate
> >to Halloween, a time span of about six hours, and I have
> >never heard of any opera in which it is observed or even
> >referred to.  The best "spooky music, IMO, is not to be
> >found in opera at all, but in rarely played any more
> >orchestral works like Franck's LE CHASSEUR MAUDIT,
> >Rachmaninoff's ISLE OF THE DEAD, Saint-Saens DANSE
> >MACABRE, and Liszt's  MEPHISTO WALTZ, or his
> >TODTENTANZ.  There are lots more, including in the
> >song repertoire as well.
> >
> >Commercial interests have been trying to elevate the thing to
> >holiday status and a season of selling chintzy, costumes and
> >decorations, missing the only point it ever had: the sudden,
> >unexpected "boo"..  When I was a kid, (yes, I was) treats were
> >unheard of , except for those disgusting apples "bobbed", and
> >tricks played by naughty teen age boys resulted in pounds of
> >wasted flour, eggs, soap, and chalk.  The only real fun, and a
> >significant chore as well, was carving out a real oumpkin and
> >lighting the candle inside.. I'm not the least surprised at how
> >rarely that was ever done well, and still isn't.
> >
> >Back on my own page,
> >
> >dtmk
> >
> >On Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 11:23 AM, Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Surprising that the top grizzly shockfest was never mentioned (or did I
> >> miss it?)
> >> Sweeney Todd people! SWEENEY TODD!!!
> >>
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