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From: Diarmuid Pigott
Oliphant Chuckerbutty: How very odd to see the name used here. I
have long treasured the score of Pensee fugitive and Fleure d'automne.
Might I be so bold as to ask if you could tell me anything about him?
PS I adored the rejected reviews series enormously
From: Justin Zaza
There are a vast number of internet sites that focus entirely on
glorifying popular geniuses. They contain nothing that is not extremely
easy to acquire:
-a brief biography of the genius
-selected works or quotes of the genius
-pictures of the genius
One might think that genius worshippers are helpful to geniuses,
but the opposite is true. Past geniuses are overecognized at the expense
of present geniuses, who are entirely disregarded. One will often hear these
worshippers crying about how terrible it was that their favorite genius
went through life unrecognized. However by treating genius as something
that no human could be, they have made it impossible for a living genius
to not appear obnoxious and arrogant.
Genius worship is not recognition but the total opposite. One can
not hope to understand something that one worships. To place a person or
idea above yourself is just as insulting as placing it beneath yourself,
because in both cases you can not relate to it. These worshippers are actually
insulting their geniuses. They do this out of pure laziness: rather than
believing in themselves and striving to do something significant, they tell
themselves that only a divine being could be significant.
Attention genius worshippers: consider that it was you who prevented
your favorite genius from being recognized in life.
From: David Schreiber
I am responding to your call for feedback. I must tell you that,
although some items in your online publication interest me, as a Canadian
I am not made to feel a member of your readership. Your articles are so
full of references to British music, British conductors, British news, the
BBC, that it is as if I am merely overhearing someone else's conversation
in a public space. The internet, quite frankly, makes much of your material
From: Basil Ramsey, Editor
As music organizations around the world latch onto our magazine and facilities,
so our news is becoming an international mix.
From: Paul K Miller PhD
Hi Guys! I stumbled on your website a few months ago via Backwire.com
- it's great! I now get your monthly emails. However, your articles are
a pain to print!! Can't your webmaster develop a way for us
to have a printable format - several websites have an option to 'click for
a printer-friendly format.' I went mad trying to print your article about
The Philospher's Stone (bad translation but so is Twilight of
the Gods!)and another about the pipe organ! I also note with sadness
the passing of Robert J Lurtsema, for almost 30 years the Host of Morning
Pro Musica on public radio - out of WGBH in Boston, himself a tremendous
musician, composer and staunch supporter of the arts.
From: Keith Bramich, technical editor
We'll try to provide a plain black on white printable format shortly.
In the meantime, please try switching off the printing of images and/or
background images. If you've access to a different type of computer or browser
software, you may find that it will print acceptable pages. We regularly
print proof pages from M&V without problems.
From: Alexis Panselinos
I just read that you invite your readership's comments ('even adverse
comments'). It seems you don't get much feedback, which, I must say, is
quite unexpected for an e-zine. Interesting though. When I wrote you about
the dubious humour of one of your contributors, I got a very curt answer,
that questioning the gentleman's humour was to question the Editor's taste
and authority to select what gets published in Music & Vision
(which of course was definitely not the issue). Well, perhaps your
readership got cold feet after such an answer to adverse comments.
From: Basil Ramsey, Editor
My apologies if my reply appeared to be 'curt'. It was not intended.
As for readership, it steadily rises, with each month gaining new ground.
From: Randall Davis
I have enjoyed the newsletter. I particulary like the reviews with
links to sound bytes to hear an example. I bought the Pavel Haas cd after
a review recently. I particularly like to hear about more obscure 20th century
avant-garde composers, and would love to see more reviews in this area.
Thank you for your publication!
From: Basil Ramsey and Keith Bramich
Our thanks to those who do contact us about the magazine. We take note
of all suggestions and criticisms, for we - like people generally -
have much to learn, and make mistakes. The vital and stimulating task for
us is building a daily music magazine to provide opinion and information
of benefit to some of our readers regularly.
We must draw the attention of all to our growing database of everything
published since the launch in January 1999. By the end of this year over
700 editions will have been published, providing in quantity a unique corpus
of ideas, research, comment, reviewing, letters, information about music
on the web, and much else. Our facility for this mass of material is our
own search engine instantly available, and you can print whatever you wish
Keep in mind that we can be reached by email for whatever reason, and
enjoy this contact with readers. Please go on enjoying Music & Vision,
and tell us if there's a problem.