Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar Ken S says:

    Ravel’s arrangement is indeed brilliant, but I have a special love for the original. This may be because I grew up on the Ravel version, and heard the piano solo for the first time at about age 40. I had always wanted to hear it, but never managed to find a recording — of course, this was before YouTube.

    This reminds me of one of the great paradoxes in the history of music. Isaac Albeniz wrote some of the most magnificent classical guitar pieces ever, but he wrote no music for classical guitar.Report

  2. Avatar Pinky says:

    Mussorgsky was a drunkard, beyond the acceptable standards for a 19th century Russian. Or a soldier. Or an artist. Or a 19th century Russian soldier artist. That man was a drunkard.

    Schmuyle, and the painting upon which it was based, are among the very rare sympathetic depictions of Jews in that era in Russia. In Goldenberg’s theme, you can hear a rich, haughty Jew of stereotype; in Schmuyle’s theme there’s humanity.Report