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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:50 am 
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Politics aside, how often do you see a whistle featured in front of a full, classical orchestra ? !

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:25 am 
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Generation? C? Bb? :D

Don't often see the pipes played dressed like that either... :lol:

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The whistle performance had me casting about for a descriptive word, so I coined one by mashing two together and getting a third from the union into the bargain: Melismacrobatic.

Probably won't catch on.

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André Rieu usually has a novelty Oirish item that features a whistle. It's not as uncommon as you may think. And its usually cringe worthy, as it is here.

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fatmac wrote:
Generation? C? Bb?

Eb.

Nanohedron wrote:
The whistle performance had me casting about for a descriptive word

Overdone.

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Mr.Gumby wrote:
André Rieu usually has a novelty Oirish item that features a whistle. It's not as uncommon as you may think. And its usually cringe worthy, as it is here.

I was rather mystified by the wholesale upwelling of tears, but maybe that's my cool Minnesotan reserve talking. Not that traditionalists should necessarily take mob response as a legitimizing argument - far from it. But it suggests where the money is.

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Nanohedron wrote:
The whistle performance had me casting about for a descriptive word

Overdone.

Well, I was trying for something a bit more diplomatic, but Peter to the rescue. :lol:

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Here's a few more:

Last rose of summer

My heart will go on

and the worst of the Paddywhackery:

with John Sheehan (no whistle there)

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Mr.Gumby wrote:
Here's a few more:

Last rose of summer

My heart will go on

and the worst of the Paddywhackery:

with John Sheehan (no whistle there)

And what, may I ask, did we do to deserve this? :really:

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The slight flinch from the lady at 0:26 really makes it for me.


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And what, may I ask, did we do to deserve this? :really:


The OP did ask the question, didn't he? :D

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The slight flinch from the lady at 0:26 really makes it for me.

Eye of the beholder, I guess. When I saw it, I thought, Yep. Here come the waterworks, right on cue. What I didn't expect were the numbers; I confess that I cynically wondered if I weren't witnessing a paid claque.

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Mr.Gumby wrote:
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And what, may I ask, did we do to deserve this? :really:

The OP did ask the question, didn't he? :D

Touché.

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Nanohedron wrote:
I was rather mystified by the wholesale upwelling of tears

I'm not. It's one of the great simple tunes or tune/harmony combinations... tightly shaped, powerful and loaded with further meaning by the words now effectively (before Richard appears to tell us it's actually 'New Britain') synonymous with it. It's just naturally stirring, whether or not that particular arrangement (with or without distractively hyperactive whistle) does it for you.

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... as well as all the above, it isn't a "full, classical orchestra". It's a concert orchestra.

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Peter Duggan wrote:
It's just naturally stirring ...

It can be. For me it entirely depends on the version, the delivery, and the occasion (which makes an argument that I'm a lot more sensitive than people might think :wink: ). Rieu used the melodic version that does it for me, but he lost me by dipping deep into the mawk-pot. But if that's what his audience wants, then fair play. I'm not his audience.

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