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    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    A satirical survey of various “socialisms”

    #242184
    twc
    Participant

    Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges (1745–99)

    Joseph Bologne was born in the decade after Haydn and before Mozart.

    He was the Caribbean child of a multi-racial union between a French plantation owner and a Senegalese slave.

    His father paid for a top Parisian education, where the grateful son out-competed his aristocratic contemporaries in accomplishments they cherished—fencing, shooting, dancing, running, swimming, riding, violin-playing and musical composition.

    He attracted European and American admiration—a “black Mozart”—as well as racial slurs—a “mulatto”.

    His exotic appearance conveyed him into the intimate circle of the French royal family (especially Queen Marie Antionette).

    During the French Revolution, as a child of slavery, he created a black regiment to fight on the side of the revolution against slavery (his regiment included the black father of Alexandre Dumas, author of “The Three Musketeers”).

    His aristocratic associations caught up with him during the Reign of Terror, and condemned him to execution which, through sympathetic intervention on his behalf, was eventually waived.

    The movie Chevalier that opens this month is modelled on his fascinating life. Here is its trailer (the fictional violin duel is with Mozart).

    The opera Ernestine (1777)
    Music: Chevalier de Saint-Georges
    Libretto: Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
    —(author of Les Liaisons dangereuses)

    The audience to his first opera Ernestine booed it off the stage, and the critics panned it mercilessly, “a talented young American who is also the most skilful gun shooter in France” has ground a much-loved novel into pulp.

    Musical fragments that survive the French Revolution come across today as rivetting 18th century drama.

      Ernestine, what will you do?
      Have you probed the depths of your heart?

      Trapped inside your bitter retreat
      See how vain regret
      And endless anguish follow you
      And ever deepen your unhappiness.

      Cruel love, cruel happiness!
      Don’t fight the necessary sacrifice,
      Delay sharpens the horror.

    #243012
    twc
    Participant

    John Brown’s Body

    From Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” [1852].

      ST. CLARE [plantation slaveholder]:
      ——I’ve something to show you.

      MISS OPHELIA [his sentimental cousin]:
      ——What is it?

      ST. CLARE (dragging a little negro girl):
      ——I’ve made a purchase …

    MISS OPHELIA saw, on the back and shoulders of the child, great welts and calloused spots, ineffaceable marks of the system under which she had grown up

      MISS OPHELIA:
      —— How old are you, Topsy?
      TOPSY [little slave girl]:
      ——Dun no, Missis,

      MISS OPHELIA:
      —— Who was your mother?
      TOPSY:
      —— Never had none!
      MISS OPHELIA:
      —— Where were you born?
      TOPSY:
      —— Never was born!
      ——- I spect I grow’d.

    Union Marching Song of the Civil War (1861-65)

    John Brown led a doomed slave revolt in 1859, on the eve of the American Civil War.

    A white man provoking a slave revolt sent shockwaves across the nation.

    He was captured by Robert E. Lee and condemned to hang. In prison he bombarded a willing national media with anti-race-slavery messages that pushed the nation to the brink of Civil War.

    Here’s the song’s first published text (1861):

      John Brown’s body
      ——lies a mouldering in the grave. (x3)
      His soul’s marching on!

      CHORUS
      Glory, Hally, Hallelujah! (x3)
      His soul’s marching on! (x2)

    Part of the song’s appeal is the brash bravado of a Union soldier making light of “mouldering in the grave” while marching in the footsteps of a martyr to the cause of black emancipation. This is how to steel a white man into fighting for what seems to be some-one-else’s cause.

    But then you can’t discount the appeal of the song’s mock evangelical Hallelujah chorus, better known than even Handel’s and Leonard Cohen’s.

    Battle Hymn of the Republic

    A refined reclamation of the song was written by Julia Ward Howe (1862).

    The evangelical Union soldier now marches into battle in order to visit God’s vengeful wrath—the grapes of wrath—upon the slave-holding South:

      MINE eyes have seen the glory
      ——of the coming of the Lord:
      He is trampling out the vintage
      ——where the grapes of wrath are stored;
      He hath loosed the fateful lightning
      ——of His terrible swift sword:
      His truth is marching on.

      CHORUS
      Glory, Glory Hallelujah (x3)
      ——His truth is marching on

    Mark Twain

    Mark Twain was brought up in the antebellum South, as he explains …

    The orgy of the launching of the Sword

    In 1901 Mark Twain wrote an anti-war parody of the Battle Hymn, which lay unpublished until 1958. It starts at timestamp 1:00.

      Mine eyes have seen the orgy
      ——of the launching of the Sword;
      
He is searching out the hoardings
      ——where the stranger’s wealth is stored;
      
He hath loosed his fateful lightnings,
      ——and with woe and death has scored;
      
His lust is marching on.
      . . .
      
As Christ died to make men holy,
      ——let men die to make us rich—
      
Our god is marching on.

    ____________________

    Like Topsy, the song “Tom Brown’s Body” grow’d

    • an 18th century oral-tradition hymn
    • a 19th century battle cry to follow a white martyr into battle for a black cause
    • a 20th century parody like Mark Twain’s
    • Ralph Chaplin’s borrowing of its tune for Solidarity Forever (1915)
    • 21st century parodies like…

    It still keeps marching on.

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    #245379
    Almamater
    Participant

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2023/07/25/rzml-j25.html

    Tony Bennett, anti war activists, opposed racism, segregation and supported civil rights movement

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    #245522
    Almamater
    Participant

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Bauzá

    This will contradict Governor De Santis allegations that slavery provided skills to the African to become blacksmith. African culture is part of the history of the USA. Many musicians, artists and comedian used to go to Harlem to learn about Jazz music and stand comedy. Mario Bauzá was one of the founders of Latin jazz which is a combination of USA Jazz music and Afro cuban music

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    #245525
    Almamater
    Participant

    The influence of African music in Brazil . Bossa Nova, and Samba is African music. Frank Sinatra has a whole LP on Brazilian music composed by the Brazilian musician Carlos Jobin

    #245548
    paula.mcewan
    Moderator

    Ha! Thank you twc, loving your selection music!

    #245549
    paula.mcewan
    Moderator

    So, while we commemorate music as protest, let’s raise a glass to Sinead. A moving song that can make us cry through the ages. She was singing about her mother who had just died. https://youtu.be/0-EF60neguk

    #245550
    paula.mcewan
    Moderator

    I miss protest music https://youtu.be/S44sovsp7RE

    #245551
    Almamater
    Participant

    Music is more than protest and sadness. It is also for enjoyment and dancing such as Classical Music, Opera ( Italian, German, French, Chinese, Japanese ) Ballet, Jazz ( American and latin jazz ) blues, Rock and Roll, Afro Cuban, Salsa, Montuno, Son, Bossa Nova, Samba, Merengue, Bachata, Hip Hop and many more

    #245553
    davecoggan
    Participant

    Matt McGinn: I’m looking for a job.
    Introduced to this artist and song at recent SPGB Summer School

    #245559
    Almamater
    Participant

    Sergio Mendes from Brazil. In a socialist society we are not going to have borders and nations but we are going to appreciate the music from all part of the world

    #245586
    Almamater
    Participant

    Music for enjoyment and dancing. This is in Amsterdam and the musician are from Europe playing Afro Caribbean music, everybody enjoying without hates, racism and without carrying guns

    #245708
    Moo
    Participant

    What’s the Colour of Money? by Hollywood Beyond

    LYRICS:

    Dull my senses
    Steal my pride
    Principles denied
    Passion faked and sold to the anthem green and gold.
    Colour of the virtue by working like a slave
    More precious than life itself
    What’s the colour tempting fate?
    What’s the colour of money?
    What’s the colour of money?
    Don’t tell me that you think it’s green
    Me, I know it’s red.
    What’s the colour of money?
    What’s the colour of money?
    Don’t tell me that you think it’s green
    Me, I know it’s red!
    Dull my senses
    Steal my pride
    Principles denied
    Passion faked and sold to the anthem green and gold.
    What was a useful tool
    Has taken our control
    It takes away your hearts and wraps it up around your soul.
    What’s the colour of money?
    What’s the colour of money?
    Don’t tell me that you think it’s green,
    Me, I know it’s red
    What’s the colour of money?
    What’s the colour of money?
    Don’t tell me that you think it’s green,
    Me, I know it’s red
    What’s the colour of money?
    What’s the colour of money?
    I know it’s red
    I know it’s red
    Dull my senses
    Steal my pride
    Principles denied
    Passion faked and sold to the anthem green and gold.
    Colour of the virtue by working like a slave
    More precious than life itself
    Familiarity breeds contempt.
    What’s the colour of money?
    What’s the colour of money?
    Don’t tell me that you think it’s green,
    Me, I know it’s red
    What’s the colour of money?
    What’s the colour of money?
    Don’t tell me that you think it’s green,
    Me, I know it’s red

    #245727
    twc
    Participant
      Paula: “…loving your selection of music!

    Thank you. The following selection, alas, is not conventionally loveable.

    The opera (2005), by US composer John Adams, about Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project is the polar opposite of Tom Lehrer’s satire on the “bomb”.

    I’m ducking serious consideration of whether Adams’s subject is a suitable one for musical theatre and whether he has even half-way succeeded.

    Oppenheimer’s confrontation with the constructed bomb is a soliloquy setting of Elizabethan poet John Donne’s guilt-ridden salvation cry “Batter my Heart”.

      Batter my heart, three person’d God; For you
      
As yet but knock, breathe, knock, breathe, knock, breathe
      
Shine, and seek to mend;
      
Batter my heart, three person’d God;
      
That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
      
Your force, to break, blow, break, blow, break, blow
      
burn and make me new.


      I, like an usurpt town, to another due,
      
Labor to admit you, but Oh, to no end,
      
Reason your viceroy in me, me should defend,
      
But is captiv’d, and proves weak or untrue,
      
Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov’d fain,
      
But am betroth’d unto your enemy,
      
Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,
      
Take me to you, imprison me, for I
      
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
      
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
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