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    Which three instruments are your least favourite?

    This is in response the thread which are your 3 favorite instruments,
    so which are your 3 least favorite.

    Mine are:
    1. Any amplified/electric instrument, Bass Guitar at the top of list
    2. Descant Recorder
    3. Harpsichord
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    I would have to agree with bass guitar, especially when played solo. Also agree with the recorder.
    No. 3 would be the metronome (Ligeti's poeme symphonique for 100 metronomes is ear-shattering).

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    A most excellent question if I may so humbly say so.......Lets see now:

    Electric Guitar(The Devil's Own Spawn) - But an amplified acoustic guitar I have no problems accepting. N.B.* Yes, I know, what about Pat Meth then? I have to draw the line somewhere

    Harpsichord...Sounds of skeletons copulating on a hot tin roof! A gut strung Lautenwerk is more appropriate - JSBach used it frequently!

    Banjo
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    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

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    Bongo drums - nearly always played badly

    Recorder - all that boredom at primary school

    The triangle - standing there for hours - waiting

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    for me: guitar= the electric screeching ones
    Recorder in ensemble
    tuba as solo instrument
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    those of you picking on the recorder probably might be advised to listen to a recording where one is at least played with thought: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 (was it?) has two recorders and solo violin, played by the English Baroque Soloists, I can't fault the sweet sound. School recorder bands, yes, awful.

    My three

    1) the trumpet (though I love the cornet)
    2) electric guitar (any variety)
    3) the blasphemy box (much prefer the pipe organ)
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    those of you picking on the recorder probably might be advised to listen to a recording where one is at least played with thought: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 (was it?) has two recorders and solo violin, played by the English Baroque Soloists, I can't fault the sweet sound. School recorder bands, yes, awful.
    I agree with you about the Treble Recorder but not the Descant that is for school children only
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    Quote Originally Posted by wljmrbill View Post
    for me: guitar= the electric screeching ones
    Recorder in ensemble
    tuba as solo instrument
    The tuba as a solo instrument does wonderfully well in Vaughan-Williams Concerto for Tuba
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    The tuba as a solo instrument does wonderfully well in Vaughan-Williams Concerto for Tuba
    And how about Tubby the tuba
    I don’t want a signature any more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    The tuba as a solo instrument does wonderfully well in Vaughan-Williams Concerto for Tuba
    I have not heard this one. I will check it out and see what I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    . . . Harpsichord...Sounds of skeletons copulating on a hot tin roof!
    @ CD ... a different expression for sure
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    the skeleton comment is not original, Sir Thomas Beecham famously coined it. He also was guilty of saying "don't look at the brass, it only encourages them ..."
    I'm not an atheist and I don't think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.
    —Albert Einstein.

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    Beecham had an awful lot to say (a lot of it awful, yes!) but he sure worked his way into the quote books. One of my (many) favourite Beecham quotes was his reply to being asked if he'd ever conducted any Stockhausen: "No, but I once trod in some"

    Instruments I don't like, hmm.
    - A badly played saxophone, or even a well-played one screeching away in free-form jazz stuff seriously grates on me.
    - The voice as abused by screamo/death-metallers. About 0.5 seconds of that stuff is enough, after that, it sounds like the Cookie Monster trying to sing (trying being the operative word - in at least two senses of the word).
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    CT64,

    It is so true about the brass when looking at them - And I with the Contrabass Trombone??? It can be positively lethal

    Seriously, I restrain myself nowadays simply because I have nothing to prove. Besides, its so much more fun exploring vocal repertoire with piano and trombone and surprising listeners with a "new thing"...

    @ GrandMeister Krummhorn: Yeah, I felt like 'attributing' a variation on Beecham's quote. When I was younger I enjoyed the Harpsichord, then, well, I really don't know what happened - I guess my ears got "raped" by "injustices" performed on the Harpsichord - And I have never recovered from the brutal shock of it........
    Last edited by Corno Dolce; Sep-17-2010 at 15:58.
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

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