Rose & SAGReiss by April Reiss

Rose & SAGReiss by April Reiss

20 April 2009, Les Vans, Ardèche, France

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From: SAGReiss

Date: 22 June 2009

Subject: Toccata & Fugue in 140 Characters

Obviously that should have been: "Rose recognized Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, played on an electric piano by a teenager in torn black clothes, as 'Mickey Mouse Music'." That improves both rhythm and readability. First I wrote "electric organ", and I'm not sure what the difference is, but I needed a third syllable, which I bought on the cheap without a sixth character, and I like the slight oxymoron of "electric piano". Murder may be scratching his head, but the Toccata is the first segment of the movie Fantasia, and Mickey Mouse's Sorcerer's Apprentice comes a couple of segments later. Rose seems to have a good mind. I can't even remember the last time we watched that film.

From: Murder

Date: 23 June 2009

Subject: Re: Toccata & Fugue in 140 Characters

Sunday afternoon, October 7, 1990 was the day Nichelle, David and I went to see Fantasia at the Garland Theatre for a dollar each. As I recall, we saw the re-mastered version of the original, rather than Fantasia II, which came out a few years later (and which I may or may not have seen). The scene that flashes through my head when someone mentions that movie is the dinosaur extinction sequence, set to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. To this day the movie and the musical work are hopelessly intertwined in my head.

From: SAGReiss

Date: 24 June 2009

Subject: Slave 2 Technology

The past lives, especially when you have an uncompromising memory. It always pleases me to hear someone say: "No, I am not dead. Something happened, and I remember it." If Rose and I happen to hear the Rite of Spring, she might very well recognize it as the Dinosaur Music. I'm still surprised she could do this, given that the Fantasia version of the Toccata is orchestrated with an emphasis on the strings, while this girl was banging it out on an organ. Rose untransposed it in her mind.

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