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 on: Today at 09:02:00 AM 
Started by c-man - Last post by MyDrKnowsItKeepsMeCalm
Hmm...I was just reading today about the "baroque violin" - violins from the 17th century were set up differently than modern day violins, to the point where a "baroque violin" is considered an instrument unto itself...I wonder if the same is true of 17th century cellos?
COMMENT to c-man:  Musical instruments have changed through the years or rather centuries. Look at woodwinds and horns.
Igor's cello was quite valuable. Just the bow was valued at over $4,000. When he traveled with us his cello had to have its own airplane seat and was strapped in like a person.
Igor was 1st cellist of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Carmon Dragon. The Orchestra was quite popular in its day and Mistro Dragon's arrangements were much in demand. The orchestra was part of the Baby Snooks show, a radio show long before TV. One of his son's was Daryl Dragon who, when the Boys needed some string accompaniment, ask Igor, from his father's orchestra to record. Igor was a Russian immigrant and quite a character. Being classically trained he knew nothing about Rock music, but the Beach Boys took him under their wing to form a lasting friendship and recording/touring relationship. They encouraged him to do studio recording, which he knew nothing about. They got him some gigs and soon he was in demand, playing on commercials, and movie sound tracks. They opened a whole world of professional cello playing to him where he made lots of money and enjoyed every moment. Straight-laced Igor and flamboyant rock drummer, Dennis became the odd couple when we toured and pal-ed around a lot -- Igor always taking movies with his 8mm camera. When Igor died, Mary, his wife, and I tried to locate the many reels of The Beach Boys in Europe, but in vain. Now they are lost to antiquity. But Igor lives on in song -- such as Little Bird.
 
~swd
Really cool! Thanks for sharing; I never knew it was a non-Beach Boy making that unique sound on the recording.

 22 
 on: Today at 08:50:11 AM 
Started by Rocker - Last post by Rocker
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But that is a very nice pic of Al!


I could read it and I'm not a subscriber. But maybe it was one of the few free articles you have each month when I did read it. There are no big revelations. In fact it sounds more like a not very detailed school report.

 23 
 on: Today at 08:46:51 AM 
Started by Doobidoo - Last post by Amy B.
GF, I found the auction page for that letter, but it doesn't have the text.
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/52960769_brian-wilson-handwritten-letter-to-maharishi

Interesting that it was found in Milton Love's dresser drawer. No one thought to look inside before selling the dresser?!

There's also this article about the items. The handwriting in the photo is attributed to Brian but refers to Brian in the third person and sounds more like Mike.

https://www.dailybreeze.com/2017/05/26/lost-memoirs-photos-of-the-beach-boys-up-for-auction/


 24 
 on: Today at 08:35:51 AM 
Started by HeyJude - Last post by Rob Dean
Brian is using a wheelchair on stage now - https://www.facebook.com/alanjardine/posts/1946717888719830
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Good to see BW back on stage, but the thing that shocked me was the venue - It's tiny, and surely the take wouldn't cover the production cost]

 25 
 on: Today at 08:30:24 AM 
Started by HeyJude - Last post by Amy B.
Brian is using a wheelchair on stage now - https://www.facebook.com/alanjardine/posts/1946717888719830

He looks quite animated, which is great. 

He's definitely into it.
Brian has been seen in a comfy chair before shows, and he wrote about it in his book, too. I always wondered why he couldn't sit in a comfier chair onstage, albeit one that would still allow him to play the keyboard. Looks like the wheelchair gives him some support. And it would make it easier on whoever helps him onto the stage.

 26 
 on: Today at 08:24:50 AM 
Started by Rocker - Last post by Emdeeh
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But that is a very nice pic of Al!

 27 
 on: Today at 08:23:49 AM 
Started by HeyJude - Last post by marcella27
Brian is using a wheelchair on stage now - https://www.facebook.com/alanjardine/posts/1946717888719830

He looks quite animated, which is great. 

 28 
 on: Today at 08:21:57 AM 
Started by JK - Last post by the captain
The soprano whom I used to help with her parts (she sings in a semi-professional choir) has resumed singing again after a bout of illness. One of the pieces I helped her with today was this incredibly moving Requiem by Herbert Howells:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1hBco-7y6M

http://www.chicagochorale.org/herbert-howells-requiem/

Beautiful.

I was surprised to hear Psalm 23 ("the Lord is my shepherd") in there. Was Howells the first composer to use that in a requiem? I know it's in Rutter's, and thought that was an anomaly. Now I'm wondering how common it might be, and when it entered that context. (It is an obvious fit, really.)

 29 
 on: Today at 07:36:40 AM 
Started by c-man - Last post by Stephen W. Desper
COMMENT to aeijtzsche:

Thanks for answering my question with good examples.  I see the strap and watched the videos. The instrument looks like a small cello or a large viola. It's a hand full. Sounds like it's hard to be expressive with such a mass of wood to contend with.

Then there is no connection of the instrument's resonance with the floor, through the "floor pin" (don't know proper name).  I can see why, over time, the cello developed into a larger instrument held between the knees, rather than with a shoulder strap. Then I'm thinking, what if you needed five of these small cellos. They would take up twice the room as the floor-mounted model.

It's all quite interesting.
~swd


 30 
 on: Today at 07:33:43 AM 
Started by JK - Last post by RangeRoverA1
His daughter Ursula Howells is jolly talented British actress. Could play heroes & villains equally well.

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