Music Recommendation: Russian — “King & Joker”


Song: “King & Joker”

Artist: russian

Artist Location: Russia

Info: Russian-Language Single.

“Трек Король и шут про сложную судьбу актеров.”

“Track King and buffoon about the difficult fate of the actors.” — Google Translate

Price: $1 (USD)

Genre: Hard Rock

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David Bruce: The Coolest People in the Arts — Conductors, Creativity, Critics


• Conductor Arturo Toscanini could be very forceful in his language and behavior toward his singers. At La Scala, a group of singers once complained to General Manager Giulio Gatti-Casazza that Mr. Toscanini was being abusive to them. Mr. Gatti-Casazza replied, “What can I do! He abuses me, too!” By the way, Maestro Toscanini once said, “I kissed my first woman and smoked my first cigarette on the same day. I have never had time for tobacco since.”

• Organist Nadia Boulanger once forced Walter Damrosch to conduct an organ concerto by Aaron Copland by refusing to play anything else. However, Mr. Damrosch got his revenge — after the concerto was finished, he turned to the audience and said, “If a young man at the age of 23 can write like that, in five years he will be ready to commit murder.”

• When Antonin Dvorak created his New World Symphony, he marked the slow movement andante. However, Anton Seidl conducted the movement largoat a rehearsal. Hearing that, and liking it, Dvorak changed the tempo to largo. Music critic Henry T. Finck writes, “A greater compliment has never been paid to any interpreter.”

• Conductor Otto Klemperer disliked being bored. At the end of a boring lecture on composer Paul Hindemith, the lecturer asked if anyone had any questions. Maestro Klemperer stood up, and when everyone looked at him, he asked, “Where is the lavatory?”


• Artists see and hear possibilities that other people don’t see. David Hockney enjoyed driving his car in the Santa Monica Mountains. He also enjoyed listening to music such as Wagner’s Parsifalwhile driving. While driving, he noticed that occasionally the music suited the landscape exactly, and therefore he choreographed two drives in which the high points of the music corresponded with the high points of the landscape. He even took some children with him on one of these choreographed drives. They sat quietly during the drive, then told him, “It’s like a movie,” which Mr. Hockney interprets as “meaning what they saw and what they heard combined into something.”

• Window dresser Simon Doonan recommends the use of perishable food in windows despite the presence of mice in upscale fashion shops. For one thing, it makes a window display that people will notice and talk about — forever. For example, “Did I ever tell you about the day I saw a mouse chomping on a piece of cake next to a Prada handbag in a Barneys window?”


• The Guerilla Girls engage in activism for artists who are women or people of color, frequently by creating posters. The Guerilla Girls wear gorilla masks and are anonymous, taking on the names of deceased famous women creators. As you may expect, they get support from other women. Once, they received this letter from a woman who was a secretary at a museum in New York: “I work for a curator you named on one of your posters. You’re right. He’s an [*]sshole. Here’s $25.” In addition, the Guerilla Girls’ posters frequently include information about how many women artists are or have been in shows at museums or art galleries, something that requires research. Guerilla Girl “Rosalba Carriera” says that when the Guerilla Girls asked for the bigwigs when telephoning to do research, they often lost time as their questions were evaded. Fortunately, they came up with a way to solve this problem: “Then we learned not to ask for the boss, but just to tell the secretaries and receptionists who we were and what we needed. Like magic, they always gave us the statistics right away.” By the way, Guerilla Girl “Frida Kahlo” and other members of the group are working on a way to stop war. “Frida Kahlo” explains, “We want to create the Estrogen Bomb. When it is dropped in an area of violent conflict, men will throw down their guns, hug each other, apologize, say it was ‘all their fault’ and then start to clean up the mess.”


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