My Latest Study Partner

No, it’s not Bach or Handel, or any of the other usual suspects. This time it’s Francesco Geminiani, the Italian violinist and composer who studied under Corelli and published his Art of Playing the Violin in 1751. If you enjoy Baroque while you study the Word, check out volume 1 of his Concerti Grossi. It’s tremendous.

15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on August 26, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Typical PACKER fan

  2. Thanks for the recommendation Matt. I have been listening to Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” performed by Rachlin, Maisky, and Imai (i.e., BWV 988). The recording is an excellent quality and rather than use the intended harpsichord it is arranged with strings, cello being the most dominant on the majority of songs. If you love Baroque cello then this is a great album to get.

  3. Paul: Sounds like good stuff. With apologies to the late William F. Buckley, I’ve never been a big fan of the harpsichord, which, as you know, is often very prominent in Baroque. If I could travel back in time, I would go back to July 17, 1717 and attend the premier of Handel’s Water Music, which was performed on the River Thames for King George I. All the instruments were brought onto the boat for the king’s trip except the harpsichord, which was simply too large. Ah, Water Music without the harpsichord–maybe during the millennial kingdom!

    Caleb: Uh, yeah. In fact, I remember the last time I was tailgating at Lambeau before a game, two fans at the car next to us were arguing and carrying on about whether Vivaldi or Telemann was the more influential composer.

  4. Posted by Scott Christensen on August 27, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Vilvaldi ot Telemann? No wonder the Pack is tanking.

  5. A harmless post about my latest classical music selection, and I get bombarded by a Bears fan and a Broncos fan? I’m guessing somebody out there must be feeling a little threatened by my Packers!

    Scott, a little trivia for you: What is the significance of the number 71.1?

  6. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on August 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Two words my friends: Jay Cutler!

  7. Caleb,

    Interesting statistic: Since 1992, the Bears have had 44 starting quarterbacks (Cutler being No. 44). During that same time, the Packers have had only two (Favre and Rodgers). But I must confess that Cutler just may be the missing piece that propels the Bears to that next level. I like the way he plays–very impressive. I think we open against each other on Sunday night.


    No guesses on the significance of the number 71.1? I’ll give you a clue: It’s not the average number of yards the Broncos will gain per game on offense this coming year. That number should be much higher. You know, somewhere in the mid-to-upper 90s.

  8. Posted by Scott Christensen on August 28, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Cutler is a really good crybab… I mean quaterback.

    Do you remember Matt Cassell, the back-up for Brady? His mentor was McDaniels. Do you know who Brady’s mentor was? That’s right, McDaniels. Nuf said.

  9. Scott,

    So you’re pleased with the Broncos’ upgrade at quarterback then? :-)

    Still no guesses on 71.1?

  10. I don’t have a dog in this hunt since the NFL is for guys who don’t have an SEC team to pull for.

    Is the 71.1 the winning % of the Packers against the Bears? Just a guess.

  11. Paul: Good guess, and in fact that’s probably pretty close to the number over the past 20 years. (However, since the rivalry began in 1921, the Bears are 91-80-6.)

    71.1 is the career quarterback rating of Broncos starter Kyle Orton (after four seasons in Chi-town). But somehow he did manage to win a lot of games with Chicago. In Denver, however, he won’t have half the defense he had with the Bears.

  12. Posted by Scott Christensen on August 28, 2009 at 11:18 am

    In the last preseason game with Seattle (which Denver lost), Orton had 182 yards in the first half (sat the 2nd). However, he threw a remarkably stupid, left-handed interception in the end-zone. After that, you saw he and McDaniels sitting on the sideline for quite awhile engaged in very serious conversation. How often do you see a head coach give his QB that kind of attention? The bottom line, McDaniels seems to be the kind of guy that takes an average QB and transforms him into a very good QB. I think that can be said for both Brady and Cassell. We’ll wait and see.

    OTOH, I was miffed with the whole Cutler-McDaniels saga and the trade to Chicago. Who knows, it may mean McDaniels’ job a couple years from now. Not too many people were happy with the firing of Shannahan in the first place, myself included.

  13. The crazy thing is that, after all that transpired, Cutler sounded surprised when he got traded! If you ever get a chance to watch the entirety of the Ice Bowl–NFL Films plays it once in awhile–keep your eyes open for a scene on the sidelines where Vince Lombardi is giving Bart Starr some instructions while their defense is on the field. Starr is looking up at his coaching respectfully, nodding at him and saying repeatedly, “Yes sir…yes sir.” And keep in mind that Bart Starr was about the hottest QB around in 1967 and that he had already won four NFL championships.

  14. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on August 29, 2009 at 6:52 am

    I don’t think Orton will ever be a pro-bowl QB. I never did like his game but their are many who think he has what it takes to be a good QB. The NFC North could be very good this year. Look out NFC East!

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