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Sent by Doris
Date: 2014-11-19 21:59:43 CST
Location: [empty]
Remarks:
 You don't have a SUBJECT INDEX Emily, so there.
 
 
 w w w . o p e r a c a s t . c o m / v r c s p r e s e n t s . h t m
 
 Art songs are really the poor stepchild of the classical music industry, being outsold by
 symphonic music, instrumental music, and, of course, opera;  but despite their low sales, their
 Spartan performing forces, and their rarefied appeal, art songs just seem to hang in there. How is
 it they survive? And should they??
 
 Half of that rarefied appeal comes from poets that supply the texts, and here we find employed
 some of the greatest names in the language. Yeats, Frost, Sandburg, Whitman, Dickinson, etc. If
 opera, “blood and guts”, is the hysteric response to everyday events, art songs are a more
 internal balancing of the humors, a contemplation of the navel.
 
 Ernest F. Krysty, a then-future VRCS member, remembers working at the Sam Goody Bargain Outlet on
 49th Street in the early 1970s, where he picked up his first arts songs, the An die ferne
 Geliebte, sung by Haefliger on a Heliodor LP for 69 cents, less his employee discount! A first
 step down a primrose path that wound through King Karol Records, the Gramophone Record Shop, and
 the Tower Annex on Fourth Street. He also began pasting the texts and translations on index cards
 for all his precious holdings, a practice that eventually necessitated learning the Cyrillic
 alphabet so that texts could be copied from the Russian scores at the Lincoln Center Library.
 Eventually there were over 10,000 cards with multiple composers and performers listed on the back.
 Then came Emily’s List, the internet compilation by Emily Ezust that quickly outstripped all of
 the amateur cataloguing attempts, and is a great reference for finding the text that you are
 looking for in all of modern poetry, and now numbers composers in the 40,000s! But she doesn’t
 have a SUBJECT INDEX. So Ernest is still at home cutting and pasting, and selecting the proper
 color of ink for each performer to be entered on the back!
 
 He has prepared a selection of modern English art songs so the VRCS can determine whether or not
 they should survive. The emphasis will be on newly written songs and up-and-coming art song
 specialists, so bring your reading glasses and navels! (Yes, texts will be provided.)
 
 It’s always a great pleasure to welcome a new presenter, and Ernest Krysty, a longtime member,
 has certainly come up with a most interesting subject for a first outing, so let’s urge him on
 in November!
Sent by Notta Lawyer, Esq.
Date: 2014-11-15 08:57:16 CST
Location: Shangri-La
Remarks:
 There must be thousands of people in the world named Irene Smith.  We know that someone
 identifying itself as Irene Smith is bedevilling our sight and this site.  We do not know where it
 lives or works so is it possible to impersonate a Cypher?  If anyone with the same name types here
 in good faith will this Irene Smith yell about that too ?  It likes to yell so I think so.  I am
 not a lawyer but I think you can ignore its threats Emily.
Sent by Liz
Date: 2014-11-13 21:33:54 CST
Location: [empty]
Remarks:
 Irene has a point. You can't allow people to impersonate others. You have a responsibility.
Sent by Emily Ezust, website owner
Date: 2014-11-13 13:12:16 CST
Location: [empty]
Remarks:
 To the "real" Irene Smith: if you wish me to remove posts that are not yours, you will need to
 contact me by e-mail so that I can be sure you are who you say you are. You will also need to use
 the word "please" at least once. 
  
 Best wishes,
   Emily
Sent by donald palmer
Date: 2014-11-13 11:53:25 CST
Location: USA
Remarks:
 Love REC music, love the site. 
 
 [email protected]	Write me! 
 
 Cheers
Sent by Irene Smith
Date: 2014-11-13 11:48:26 CST
Location: [empty]
Remarks:
 Ms Ezust: I am the real Irene Smith. My last message was last night. I did not write that I did
 not write it. This is unacceptable. I will be speaking to my lawyer.
Sent by Irene Smith
Date: 2014-11-13 11:00:59 CST
Location: [empty]
Remarks:
 I am Irene Smith and so is my wife!
Sent by Angelina Jennings
Date: 2014-11-13 10:57:07 CST
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Remarks:
 How many Irene Smiths are there in the world?	And why are they all in this guestbook?
Sent by Irene Smith
Date: 2014-11-13 09:55:19 CST
Location: [empty]
Remarks:
 I did not write that.
Sent by Irene Smith
Date: 2014-11-12 20:24:01 CST
Location: [empty]
Remarks:
 Ms Ezust, if you do not delete those comments falsely giving my name I will be forced to seek
 legal counsel for libel.
Sent by Irene Smith
Date: 2014-11-12 15:14:49 CST
Location: [empty]
Remarks:
 I did not write that either.
Sent by Irene Smith
Date: 2014-11-12 12:02:55 CST
Location: [empty]
Remarks:
 Ms. Miller, you might want to fix the text of Smetana’s song “Liebchens Blick” that you
 submitted.  In the first line there should be a space before “wie.”  In the second line,
 “ihhren” should be “ihren.”  In the third line “Rechtum” should be “Reichtum.” And
 why are there two periods at the end of line 5?   I think your line breaks could use some work,
 too.
Sent by Ire in Smith
Date: 2014-11-12 10:07:54 CST
Location: [empty]
Remarks:
 OK - 
 I admit that I am a smart-alecky rodent with an abundance of time and a clandestine pleasure in
 adorning guestbooks with my excretion.
 Mea culpa - it seems to be a recurrent phenomenon.
Sent by Irene Smith
Date: 2014-11-12 09:16:51 CST
Location: [empty]
Remarks:
 This is ridiculous. I did not write that and I have no interest in grunge work. Ms Ezust, your
 guestbook is yet another example of a badly outdated form in today's internet web culture. A
 website that lets anyone write anything on its fora can and will lead to abuses like this.
 Requiring forum members to register and identify themselves is essential in today's world.
Sent by Sharon Krebs
Date: 2014-11-12 07:59:53 CST
Location: Victoria, BC Canada
Remarks:
 Dear Irene,
 Thank you so much!  You are perfectly right.  I’ll attend to it at once.  And let me add that
 I’m delighted that you have decided to turn your considerable talents into something productive
 for the website.
 Sharon


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