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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:57 am 
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Chopsticks (music)
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For a different piece of piano music often called "Chopsticks" in the UK, see Der Flohwalzer (the "Flea Waltz").
"Chopsticks" (original name "The Celebrated Chop Waltz") is a simple, extremely well known waltz for the piano. It was written in 1877 by the British composer Euphemia Allen under the pseudonym Arthur de Lulli.[1] Allen, who was the sister of a music publisher, was supposedly only sixteen when she composed the piece, with arrangements for solo and duet.
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A group of Russian composers — Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Anatoly Lyadov, and Nikolai Shcherbachov (with a modest addition by Franz Liszt) — collaboratively composed four-hand piano variations on this theme for Borodin's daughter Gania.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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A correction. Raymond, maybe you just learned something new.... :)

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This curious "toe-tapping" tune believe it or not was a grammy winner in instrumental music. Originally released as "Omkring et Flygel," that is, "Around a Piano." It has classical elements, though if being a grammy winner is a show of popularity, it is then decidely a pop song (though instrumental, most pop songs aren't right?--rare, huh!) Who wrote this song? No cheating and wiki-ing it :wink: Every time I hear his name, I laugh, because it sounds like a gag name... :lol:

For a better version than my MIDI do-up, hop on over to YouTube and see AllenDale's version :)


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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I have not wiki'd anything, and I haven't listened to the music, but I'll just guess Engelbert Humperdink because of his funny name.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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Engelbert Humperdink haha that is very comical. "Dink" isn't that the omneonopeoic sound of a piano?! haha.

Anyway, the answer is Danish Pianist Bent Fabric.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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I spelled his name wrong...it's Engelbert Humperdinck.


Riley wrote:
omneonopeoic sound
Wow, that is some word. I don't know it.

Riley wrote:
Anyway, the answer is Danish Pianist Bent Fabric.
Ok, I just looked him up. I do know that song.
And just now I found a video of Alley Cat that is sooooo weird!! Purrrrrfect for a Friday! :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGFBpqNBvJc

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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I recently came across a most amusing musical anecdote: When the composer Myerbeer died, a fan of his wrote an elegy for him and showed it to Rossini

and wanted an honest opinion of it. After looking at the score, Rossini said:" To be perfectly honest, I think it would be better if you had died and he had written the elegy !"


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Fact about Meyerbeer: he was a taphephobic (fear of being buried alive) and left instructions that he be placed in his coffin with bells attached to his limbs for him to ring in case of premature burial.


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Just like Chopin. This fear of being buried alive was common in the 19th century. Makes me wonder how many times it actually occurred. Scary....

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Just like Chopin. This fear of being buried alive was common in the 19th century. Makes me wonder how many times it actually occurred. Scary....

Yeah.. :roll: I remember there was an unsolved mysteries episode about that about 10 years ago.. but the guy rung the bell and so it was a happy ending :D

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I think nowadays you can buy a coffin with wifi so that if you should happen to wake up from the dead you can notify the undertaker online (and in the meantime watch Youtube or something) :mrgreen:

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I think nowadays you can buy a coffin with wifi so that if you should happen to wake up from the dead you can notify the undertaker online (and in the meantime watch Youtube or something)

:lol:

Daughter of Father reads will: I'll take the deluxe casket with a built-in router (1 month subscription to broadband) and Ipad.

Daughter calls funeral company: Do you have any caskets with wifi in stock?

Funeral company assc.: no, sorry. We're out of those--too many people who we thought were dead woke up... they were asking for refunds...

Daughter: Oh, I see. Do you have anything else?

Funeral company assoc: Yeah, we've got the delux oak casket that plays the 3rd mvt. of Chopin's piano sonata no.2 (opus 35) continuosly on loop. Would you like that?

Daughter: Yes, one of those, please.

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Haha good one :lol: Reads like a Monty Python sketch.

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Haha good one Reads like a Monty Python sketch.


Thx, just building on yours :lol: I LOVE Month Python. Best show on the BBC (of course it was before my time, but they rerun it)! And their movies I've seen, The Holy Grail, Life of Brian.

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I just came across two delightful incidents: In one chapter on Richard Wagner, the author says: " The marriage of Wagner and

Cosima was a happy one. They had a common interest. They both adored Richard Wagner.. "


The other is about Brahms. Upon leaving a party, he said: " If I have neglected to insult any one, I beg him to forgive my oversight ! ".


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