20 April 2009, Les Vans, Ardèche, France
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Date: 22 June 2009
Subject: Toccata & Fugue
in 140 Characters
Obviously that should have
been: "Rose recognized Bach's Toccata & Fugue
in D Minor, played on
an electric piano by a teenager in torn black clothes, as 'Mickey Mouse
Music'." That improves both rhythm and readability. First I wrote
"electric organ", and I'm not sure what the difference is, but I needed
a third syllable, which I bought on the cheap without a sixth
character, and I like the slight oxymoron of "electric piano". Murder
may be scratching his head, but the Toccata is the first segment of the
movie Fantasia, and Mickey Mouse's Sorcerer's Apprentice comes a couple
of segments later. Rose seems to have a good mind. I can't even
remember the last time we watched that film.
Date: 23 June 2009
Subject: Re: Toccata & Fugue in 140 Characters
Sunday afternoon, October 7, 1990 was the day Nichelle, David and I went to see Fantasia at the Garland Theatre for a dollar each. As I recall, we saw the re-mastered version of the original, rather than Fantasia II, which came out a few years later (and which I may or may not have seen). The scene that flashes through my head when someone mentions that movie is the dinosaur extinction sequence, set to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. To this day the movie and the musical work are hopelessly intertwined in my head.
Date: 24 June 2009
Subject: Slave 2 Technology
The past lives, especially
when you have an uncompromising memory. It always pleases me to hear
someone say: "No, I am not dead. Something happened, and I remember
it." If Rose and I happen to hear the Rite of Spring, she might very
well recognize it as the Dinosaur Music. I'm still surprised she could
do this, given that the Fantasia version of the Toccata is orchestrated
with an emphasis on the strings, while this girl was banging it out on
an organ. Rose untransposed it in her mind.