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Evan C

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    Being led on an illegal suicide mission by a selfish maniac.

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    Church organist
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    The Jaguar Shark
  • Favorite movies
    The Double Life of Veronique, WALL-E, Singin' in the Rain, A Man for All Seasons, Henry V (1989), Rebecca, Faust (1926), Babette's Feast, Bringing Up Baby, Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Three Colors Trilogy, Vertigo, Dr. Strangelove, The Red Shoes, Lady Bird
  • Favorite music
    Quartet for the End of Time - Olivier Messiaen; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Claude Debussy; The Rite of Spring - Igor Stravinsky; Eroica Symphony - Ludwig van Beethoven; Sunday in the Park with George - Stephen Sondheim; Meditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity - Olivier Messiaen; Fantasia and Fugue in G minor - J. S. Bach; Prelude and Fugue on the Name of 'Alain' - Maurice Durufle; Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles; Piano Etudes - Gyorgy Ligeti; Symphony no. 6 - Louis Vierne; Dialogues of the Carmelites - Francis Poulenc; Tumbelweed Connection - Elton John
  • Favorite creative writing
    The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein; King Lear by Shakespeare; My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier; The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Beloved by Toni Morrison American; Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Favorite visual art
    Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

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  1. Evan C

    Organ Music

    Thank you, Michael and Andrew! Demessieux's talent was truly astounding, and she had to break so many glass ceilings in the organ world. She was the only pupil of Dupre who Dupre himself said could outplay him, which is incredible, because Dupre was a virtuoso of unprecedented talent, and he was also quite egotistical as well as extremely sexist, so for him to admit a female student was better than him is saying something. I think Vierne found acceptance at least by the end of the 3rd symphony. He definitely found peace of mind by the 5th and 6th symphonies, which start out more tort
  2. No, a call never happened. It would definitely be good to schedule one again soon. Ken, I'm happy to help cover some board costs (don't really know how much it comes to, but happy to help as much as I can.)
  3. I picked up Pierrot le fou and Taste of Cherry.
  4. Evan C

    Organ Music

    I'll post this link here instead of starting another thread. Last Sunday I gave an organ recital at my church, and if anyone's interested, the whole recital is up on YouTube.
  5. Evan C


    Good review, Andrew. I decided to wade into the controversy and film as well. https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/cuties-aka-mignonnes/
  6. I've always loved Beethoven. The only Beethoven I've heard live is the Eroica, also played by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, which is probably one of the reasons it's my favorite of his symphonies. FWIW, my ranking of the symphonies would probably go: 3, 9, 6, 7, 5, 8, 2, 4, 1, although it's really hard for me to rank 5-8. I'm embarrassed to admit I've never really listened to the string quartets outside of class assignments, so I should probably rectify that.
  7. Never Rarely Sometimes Always - Autumn mentions her birthday is August 19th.
  8. 25th Hour, as I work my way through more of Spike Lee's filmography.
  9. Evan C


    I really hoped to love this, and I definitely think it would work better if one were at a live performance. I wrote a review for Letterboxd, which is linked below. It's a sprawling, messy musical, and neither of those things are necessarily bad; indeed, they could give a kinetic energy to a performance one's at, which I hope would be the case, but between the cutting, closeups of stage makeup, and general degree of separation that the camera inherently caused, I found the frenetic energy of the show more tiring than thrilling. https://letterboxd.com/evan_c/film/hamilton-2020/
  10. They were all (Sibelius, Korngold, Steiner, Herrmann, etc.) influenced by Wagner at some point in their lives, so I would say that's the common link and why Sibelius can have a film score sound to his music.
  11. Evan C

    Shine (1996)

    I'd say that's a pretty negative review, even if it's more directed toward the people he thinks are exploiting Helfgott. But I'll definitely seek out the film.
  12. Eve's Bayou is a memory driven, religion haunted film that should definitely be on this list.
  13. Evan C

    Da 5 Bloods

    I was going to post this on Letterboxd, but it's down right now, so here are my initial, mildly spoilerish thoughts: The first half is Apocalypse Now, and the second half is The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Spike Lee tips his hat obviously to those two films, but the decision to merge homages to them presents a new view of the horror of the "American War" in Vietnam and its link to the horror of racism in America. It's an explosive link, and the two halves of the movie literally hinge on an explosion. As the four surviving members of "Da 5 bloods" search for the gold they buried
  14. I could do Lourdes, unless someone else wants it.
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