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Posts on 03/27/17

Opera? Not for Me

(David Duggan, USA, 03/27/17 4:08 pm) Opera-shmopera. In all my born years (65+), I've never sat through a full-length opera by a major company and I hope that I can depart this planet with that record intact (I'm hedging somewhat ...

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In Praise of the Loud

(John Heelan, UK, 03/27/17 2:07 pm) JE asked on 26 March: "Dies Irae--Day of Wrath--sounds downright dangerous when plugged into your skull and cranked up to eleven. Are you sure that's a good idea, John?" Probabl ...

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Kafir, Kfir, Kfur in Arabic

(Edward Jajko, USA, 03/27/17 4:25 am) Further to my message about Kafir, Kfir, etc.: "Infidel" in Arabic is "kaafir," fem. "kaafirah," pl. "kuffaar." "Nonbelief" is "kufr." The w ...

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Appreciating Opera; Spanish Inquisition

(Enrique Torner, USA, 03/27/17 3:38 am) I have enjoyed the recent WAIS posts on opera, and would like to offer a couple of comments. My father loved opera, and he and my mother had a yearly pass at the Liceo de Barcelona for many yea ...

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My Wife`s Name and My Aunt`s Hats

(Henry Levin, USA, 03/27/17 3:15 am) My aunt had a huge collection of hats, the types that cultured women always wore in public in the 1940s. One day I asked her why she had so many, and she replied that she would always buy a new hat wh ...

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Posts on 03/26/17

Tax-Time Update...and a New Career; from Ric Mauricio

(John Eipper, USA, 03/26/17 6:18 pm) Ric Mauricio writes: Yes, as the Johns Heelan and Eipper say, Verdi's Dies Irae does rock. When I engineered the classical Saturday mornings with future Hall of Famer broad ...

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Verdi`s Requiem

(John Heelan, UK, 03/26/17 1:16 pm) I agree with Istvan Simon (26 March) when he says "Verdi's magnificent Requiem, which he wrote in honor of Rossini's death, is one of the most marvelous pieces of religious music ...

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Inquisition, Jewish Surnames, and Verdi`s Religion

(Istvan Simon, USA, 03/26/17 8:36 am) I was delighted to read my friend Edward Jajko's excellent response (March 26th) to my Don Carlo/Egmont post. Ed is of course absolutely correct in every criticism he makes of my post, saved perh ...

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Francoist Historians Alvarez Tardio and Villa Garcia

(Carmen Negrin, France, 03/26/17 5:04 am) A quick comment on the authors mentioned by José Ignacio Soler (23 March). The preface of one of Álvarez Tardío's books was written by Rafael Arias-Salgado, Minister of Aznar ...

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