Category Archives: Anecdotes

David Bruce: 250 Music Anecdotes — Death, Eccentrics

Death • Movie critic Roger Ebert’s life may have been saved because he liked a long song by Leonard Cohen. He underwent surgery for cancer, the operation was a success, and he was scheduled to leave the hospital. Lots of hospital … Continue reading

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David Bruce: 250 Music Anecdotes — Critics, Death

Critics • Like many people in the arts, conductor Marin Alsop reads at least some of her reviews. Like many people in the arts, she tends not to remember the good reviews, but she definitely remembers the bad reviews. For example, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: 250 Music Anecdotes — Critics

Critics • Nickelback has its fans; Nickelback also has its non-fans, including Josh Gross, who writes for the Boise Weeklyin Idaho. When Nickelback came to the Idaho Center to play a concert, this is what Mr. Gross wrote: “You can spend … Continue reading

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David Bruce: 250 Music Anecdotes — Conductors

• Conductor Herbert von Karajan believed that a new conductor ought not to work with a first-rate orchestra. Instead, give the conductor a 10th-rate orchestra. The conductor will learn much by trying to make the 10th-rate orchestra play like a 6th-rate … Continue reading

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David Bruce: 250 Music Anecdotes — Composers, Conductors

Composers • Sergei Rachmaninoff and Frances Alda are two famous names in music. One you would especially like to hear play the piano, and the other you would especially like to hear sing. Ms. Alda, a soprano, was playing piano at … Continue reading

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David Bruce: 250 Music Anecdotes — Comedians, Composers

Comedians • Comedian Jack Benny played the violin, and many of his friends were famous musicians. Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatagorsky, Leonard Pennario, and Mr. Benny once were at the home of Joan, Mr. Benny’s daughter. Mr. Benny sat in a chair, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: 250 Music Anecdotes — Christmas, Clothing

Christmas • Wendell Corey (1914-1968), an American actor who appeared in such films as Sorry, Wrong Numberand Rear Window, remembers his most memorable Christmas. In 1956, his oldest daughter, Robin, had been in bed for six months after falling ill with … Continue reading

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