A. K. A. Loose Canon
He likes his drink.
Bartók was from Sânnicolau Mare (Great Saint Nicholas, in case you don't figure out the translation). So of course he picked out on Romanian folk music as a kid.
By the way, you can find some nice pots and pans from Sânnicolau Mare at the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
AA, who likes his drink? Béla Bartók? The Dances are great, so it's no surprise that you change the subject immediately. It's like when Hörmander gave a seminar in our department and Tecs started blathering about CDs or something Harvardy, fashionable, and vacuous. Big Santa Claus seems to be in Hungary, Tecs, but I'll give it to Romania in my head.The gold is bloody fantastic! It reminds me of this ancient Greek funerary wreath. Ok, there's no resemblance in style, but this wreath is one of my favorite pieces of old gold and I like the old Rumanian dressing too, roughly contemporary. Maybe Coanda was a distant descendant of these great goldsmithing people. But then why did he miss inventing the jet engine?
Fourth century BC, Tecs, and chicks are still gawking at it. They can forget it. I can't afford it.
That recording of the Dances was great, I should have thanked you, Mr Rot, for the link, and for reminding me of that most famous denizen of Sânnicolau Mare. By the way, did you know Bartók went to Columbia at some point in the 1930s, where he studied Eastern European folk music in the library there? You heard of Columbia, no? It's by Grant's Tomb, on the Upper West Side. And Grant is the man who accepted Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
You're very welcome, Tecs. I am very fond of that music, and have been from the first time I heard it. Actually just about all of Bartók I am crazy about. I posted this on FCP a short time ago and it was met with the silence of a tomb. Give it a try. Sylvia Sass (who sings Judith) was beautiful chick and a hell of a soprano then. Maybe the video will bring you back to your distant youth in which you prowled around Hungary looking for hot little goulashes.
You mean, Romanian pork goulash? Yep, highly non-halal. Goes well with tsuica from a 1-liter Pepsi plastic bottle.
Good, Tecs! I was frozen with horror at the prospect of a mention of vinho verde.
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