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Old 10-19-2005, 08:41 AM   #1
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Penguin Press releases the first ilustrated edition of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style this week. The illustrations are by Maira Kalman (of the famous “Newyorkistan” cover of The New Yorker, and they seem to be charming and even apt. See an example in today’s NYTimes article (Oct. 19, 2005 — read it free for a week).

But wait — there’s more!

Nico Muhly, a young composer with Dada-ist tendencies, has composed songs from Strunk & White, kind of early-music-ish in style. To quote from the Times article, the singer “sang mellifluously of punctuation and orthography.” One can only imagine.

(The lyrical version of The Elements of Style will be performed tonight in the New York Public Library. Not sure if it will be recorded, but maybe it will turn up somewhere for the rest of us one day.)

   
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Victor Borge did this years ago. Well, OK, the punctuation wasn't exactly sung, but the piano playing was pretty good.
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Victor Borge did this years ago. Well, OK, the punctuation wasn't exactly sung, but the piano playing was pretty good.
His piano playing was always good.

But I don’t remember that he put Strunk & White’s text in any of his routines. If he did, I need to track that one down.

   
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His piano playing was always good.

But I don’t remember that he put Strunk & White’s text in any of his routines. If he did, I need to track that one down.
No, but his famous bit was called Phonetic Punctuation.

   
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No, but his famous bit was called Phonetic Punctuation.
I know that one. But it has nothing to do with Strunk & White. Color me confused.

   
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Nico Muhly, a young composer with Dada-ist tendencies, has composed songs from Strunk & White, kind of early-music-ish in style. To quote from the Times article, the singer “sang mellifluously of punctuation and orthography.” One can only imagine.
Something along similar lines has been done here - in 1973 the Quodlibet singers recorded the Australian Customs and Quarantine Regulations. It's been released on a two CD set called Wagner's Rinse Cycle, which also contains Leroy Anderson's The Typewriter, P.D.Q. Bach's Eine kleine Nichtmusik, Beethoven's Rage over a lost penny and lots of other fun stuff.

Still in print (Good old Auntie, she keeps her published music in print pretty well indefinitely) and available from the ABC Shop.

   
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Something along similar lines has been done here - in 1973 the Quodlibet singers recorded the Australian Customs and Quarantine Regulations. It's been released on a two CD set called Wagner's Rinse Cycle, which also contains Leroy Anderson's The Typewriter, P.D.Q. Bach's Eine kleine Nichtmusik, Beethoven's Rage over a lost penny and lots of other fun stuff.
Neat. I see it can be sent to the U.S. from the Buywell site.

I love the idea of Wagner’s Rinse Cycle! I am a big P.D.Q. Bach (and Peter Schickele) fan, anyway, but I see there are scads of other musical jokes and the likes, and a great roster of performs.

   
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I don't think anyone was really suggesting Victor Borge did anything with Strunk & White, just that the event you mentioned made them think of his famous Phonetic Punctuation.

   
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I love the idea of Wagner’s Rinse Cycle! I am a big P.D.Q. Bach (and Peter Schickele) fan, anyway, but I see there are scads of other musical jokes and the likes, and a great roster of performs.
Me, too. You know, I think I need to start searching up PDQ Bach recordings, the wonderful stuff I've listened to on Schicklele Mix and elsewhere over the years and get my 5 year old son hooked on them. He loves anything like that and loves serious classical music as well, so he'll just eat up PDQ Bach! (Geez, why on earth did it take me this long to think of introducing him to these gems?? <smacking forehead>)

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OK, checking Amazon for starters, there are so many recordings that all sound delightful that I don't know where to start. Do you have any you'd recommend right off the bat?

   
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Me, too. You know, I think I need to start searching up PDQ Bach recordings, the wonderful stuff I've listened to on Schicklele Mix and elsewhere over the years and get my 5 year old son hooked on them. … there are so many recordings that all sound delightful that I don't know where to start. Do you have any you'd recommend right off the bat?
Not off-hand, but I think you may get some ideas from the new Peter Schickele web site. (Took him long enough to do that!) It seems to cover every aspect of this mad genius’s complicated professional life. If you click on the Ye Olde Schickele Shoppe link you will see some recordings sold by Schickele directly and links to many others, as well as books, postcards, posters, t-shirts, and newsletters.

I loved Schickele Mix (though it has not much to do with his music, actually) and went into a funk when WNYC pulled the plug on it last year. (Yes, I know we were hearing reruns, but every time I listened to Schickele explain something musical, I learned something new.)

Assume you have introduced Ben to Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf? I missed those as a kid, but Jack still has a strong reaction to Peter & the Wolf, even after 50 or 60-some years! I like it, but his reaction is visceral — I think because he heard it as a young kid.

   
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