But the Lark Ascending is in a class with few others,
because it must be heard played on its own instrument (violin).
A piano transcription would be almost no good at all,
whereas piano transcriptions of lots of orchestral
music sound just fine. (By contrast, Debussy's Cathedrale
Engloutie would sound awful played on a violin.)
So...? I don't mean that sarcastically, I just mean that I don't
understand how that's relevant.
When I write music, I seldom just hear notes in my head, I hear timbres,
"colors". Real composers typically write pieces for specific instruments.
Now, some instruments share certain sound characteristics - the violin, the
oboe, and the human voice, for example, sometimes sound very much alike.
So music transcribed from one to the other has some chance of sounding
right. With the "Lark" piece, it isn't just the notes that count, it's
their *quality*. Much, and maybe even most, music is like that.
The piano OTOH doesn't sound at all like any of those, so playing the
"Lark" on the piano would be silly - you cannot achieve the same, what,.
feel/quality/color/timbre, you can't draw out the sound withthe same
control. OTOH, piano and guitar (classical) share enough characteristics
such that piano pieces can often "sound right" if played on the guitar.
The reverse is not necessarily true, tho', because the guitar is of course
more responsive to touch, and to where the string is plucked.
IOW, a piece of music is more than just a collection of notes. Imagine
"Purple Haze" played by a marching bagpipe band...
more so in classical guitar because you are 'plucking' the melodies
rather than strumming. I still sounds funny, I thought you picked a
guitar and plucked a chicken.
I've never heard of this thing. Is Ebo a brand, or a type of device.
Does it work on a simiar principle to vibrato/tremolo? I can get some
similar sounds by combining some effects like harmonizers, chorus, and
some guitar synth stuff. Pretty cool sounding, but I wouldn't
necessarily use it a whole lot.
Except that "guitar picking" is (again, *assuming* I remember correctly!)
actually a combination technique/musical style that can be as simple as a
pattern of playing the notes of a chord or as elaborate as (argh, there
goes my memory out the window, I'm trying to think fo some artists) I want
to say Ottmar Liebert, which might be wrong - at any rate, it can be
aselaborate as classical guitar but the technique (I think - not sure so
check me) is different and the musical style is different but the two can
At least, that'swhat I seem to recall - which may or may not be correct...
Probably like hearing a marching band play "Iron Man", which I heard on
TV last fall during a halftime show. Pretty funny when it's WAY out of
context like that. Remind me to call my bagpipe playing friend, I'd
kind of like to hear a little Jimi done Highland style ;-)
Depending upon one's mood, I guess it could be really funny :)
Which is not to insult the bagpipes; I actually like thetraditional bagpipe
music and imagine it'd be haunting if you heard someone playing one of the
many haunting, plaintive melodies from a craggy mountainside. I actually
wrote a piece for my sister that is for bagpipe and drum =:-o
But Jimi on the bagpipe... "the mind reels as reality warps and melts into
into a gellid puddle of steaming green goo..."
Um, er, strummed...?
I only use "plucked" ebcause I think (assuming I remember correctly)
(correct me please if I'm incorrect) that in musicology, guitar, mandolin,
harp, lute, mandolin etc. (and I thin the harpsichord...?) are referred to
as "plucked string instruments", as opposed to violin, viola, cello, etc.
which are "bowed string instruments", and things like piano which I thik
are called "hammered string instruments".
No insult intended ;) !
I can't tell - I have a dialup so the page is loading at the speed of a
herd of turtles, plus I don't get multimedia through the internet (turned
it off because of slowload time - takes up to 15 min for multimedia stuff
"The Lark Ascending" is a piece for orchestra and violin by Ralph Vaugh
WIlliams (the last name might be hyphenated...), a composer from Britian
who wrote in what I think is called "the pastoral style". He used a lot of
folk music melodies and themes from the British Isles. I only knowa few of
his works, I just relaly like the "Lark" piece.
What I really wish is that I was able to transcribe my experience of it
into a 3D model, but the shapes are too complex and I don't have sufficient
Oooh, no, I don't agree. Pomp & Circumstance marches appeal to the
British part of me. The English part responds to Enigma, the cello
concerto and Gerontius. As well as Tallis, Vaughan Williams and
Lux aeterna luceat eis Domine cum sanctis tuis
quia pius es.
Requiem aeternam dona eis,
Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Cum sanctis tuis in aeternum quia pius es.
Cross-posted to alt.usage.english for some help. One hopes.
On 05 May 2005, Kris Krieger wrote (in alt.architecture)
I've only recently encountered "nimrod" as a term of abuse, and had
precisely the same reaction.
I've done a google and a search in alt.usage.english, but as neither of
these turned anything up, I'm cross-posting this in the hope that
someone (hiya, Donna!) might help.
Architectural and topographical historian
It just sounds bad to be called a nimrod. It's like Tookie, Charle Amirault
was sent to prison in the Fells Acres child molestation case more on his
nickname "Tookie" than on any evedidence the State had. Some names and
words just sound bad.
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