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Subject: Re: "Eugene Onegin" question
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:46:31 -0500
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What I meant to say was: "the complete works of Massenet are not worth
one of Tschaikowsky's best tunes   . . . ."

dtmk

On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 5:19 PM, k youngmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Yes! Well stated, 100% agreement.
>
> Onegin, not a cruel man, must be very difficult to portray from a dramatic
> point of view. How many operatic characters are either merely good or bad?
> But then how many are simply unlikeable (or, I guess, likable) for the
> reasons we don’t care for Onegin? We don’t like Onegin; we don’t sympathize
> with him; we agree that he ill-treats Tatiana. But we realize that he’s a
> troubled man.
>
> “Syrupy” music? Perhaps. But, like much of Massenet, beautiful as well. No
> argument against “syrupy” from me.
>
> On the Onegin subject, I well remember that on the Opera News on the Air
> intermission feature for the 1957 broadcast, one (or more) guest opined
> that this opera’s music is not typical Tchaikowsky. On hearing of, for
> example, Tatiana’s aria dispels that notion - at least for me.
>
> Kurt Youngmann
>
> > On Jan 15, 2018, at 10:21 AM, G. Paul Padillo <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> > The title character is a difficult one to pull off:
> > unlikeable, self-centered, yet when portrayed correctly, we discover
> > someone not so much cruel as he is merely bored, suffering, as it were,
> > from an ennui bordering on depression.  When finally awakened – or
> > or “cured,” if you will – it is too late, and therein lies the “tragedy.”
>
> If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next
> generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United
> States and the world. - Claude Pepper, senator and representative (8 Sep
> 1900-1989)
>
>
>
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