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  •  I did a bit more searching and apparently (3+ / 0-)
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    denig, radarlady, Dumbo

    the "how lovely the sea is" quote originates from a still older source: the British conductor Malcolm Sargent, in 1924.

    "Among his innovations when he took over was the introduction of words and phrases to illustrate themes to a young audience. Beethoven's Fifth Symphony opened with "fee, fi, fo, fum" and Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave with "how lovely the sea is. The music press was enraged that the great composers would be so denigrated."

    "We are stardust, we are golden, and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." (Joni Mitchell)

    by Eowyn9 on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:00:01 AM PDT

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    •  Words to the second subject too (3+ / 0-)
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      denig, radarlady, Dumbo

      But I always thought of them as attributed to John Barbirolli, not Flash Sargent: "Oh, what a lovely tune up-ooon the cellll-os". I can still hear Sir John's voice in my head.

      But then, when the second subject returns near the end on a solo clarinet, joined by its mate, the image of two seagulls soaring overhead is impossible to shake.

      Thanks for bringing back these diaries!

      Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?

      by UncleDavid on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:10:55 AM PDT

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