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  1. rainer

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    I have a feeling I've seen this one before somewhere.
    Yes it can.
    Betty is either married or not. In both cases the answer which can be deduced is YES.
    Either married Betty is looking at unmarried Charles, or married Arthur is looking at unmarried Betty.
     
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    rsmullyan New Member Piano Society Artist

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    I just read the most amazing story about the composer Puccini ! One day he heard a voice singing outside his window. It was a man's voice,

    expressing such beauty and feelling that Puccini was moved to the heart.When he looked out, he saw the man was a convict, who had been ordered to

    mend the roads. His feet were still in irons.Puccini could not believe that a man who could sing so exquisitely, with his whole soul, could really be a

    criminal. He interceded with the Queen of Italy and obtained a pardon. The condemned man was permitted to return to his wife and child, and forever

    after he revered the composer with dog-like devotion.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    That's a nice story, Raymond! At first I thought there was going to be a joke at the end.

    Speaking of jokes, riddles, puzzles...do you have a new one for us? I've got a little joke:

    There was a man addicted to brake fluid. He said he could stop any time. :p
     
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    There was a man addicted to brake fluid. He said he could stop any time.

    hehe, :lol:

    great pun
     
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    Do any of you know who wrote CHOPSTICKS ? Those who don't will be most surprised !
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I think I used to know, but I've forgotten. Hmmm....thinking...
    I won't cheat (this time) and look it up now.
     
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    Hoagy Carmichael?
     
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    A quote from Love in the Afternoon directed by Billy Wilder and starring Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn (1957)

    "Verdi,Versini, Puccini; that’s music for an organ grinder with a monkey. But Wagner! That’s another matter entirely…"

    -Michel (Ariane's boyfriend)
     
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    The composer of chopsticks was Borodin.
     
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    You are right, Raymond, I would never have guessed Borodin.

    Good guess, Riley...
     
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    Chopsticks (music)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    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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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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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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    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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    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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    I spelled his name wrong...it's Engelbert Humperdinck.


    Wow, that is some word. I don't know it.

    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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    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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    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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