From the category archives:

Channeling composers

Cher Rufus, I hovered over your Judy Garland concert. What a spectacle! You are such a good boy, such a gay boy, and full of life and music. I cannot impose my old fashioned French aesthetic on you, so I applaud you Rufus. Bravo! Your old, old friend, Hector Berlioz PS: I snuck a peak […]

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Berlioz scolds Roger

September 20, 2007

Hector Berlioz: Happy fall Roger, it has been a long time since we have chatted! Roger Bourland: Hector! What a surprise! What brings you here? Rufus news? HB: I trust you are attending his performance of the Judy Garland tribute at the Hollywood Bowl? RB: Oh yes, I’ve had tickets for a year. We’re going […]

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Cher Hector, My true nature as a hermit coupled with Rufus Wainwright’s hectic touring schedule has led me to the conclusion that I am not the right teacher for him. i am happy to hear that your opium habit is now in the past and would like you to reconsider taking him back as you […]

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. Rufus is writing words for a new aria at his desk in a chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland. He looks up and out the window at the amazing view. So far away from New York, and London and Paris. Deep breath. But he’s stuck on a word. “What rhymes with ‘choose it’? lose it, moose […]

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Rufus meets Maurice Ravel

March 20, 2007

[Rufus, takes a break from composing his opera, and watching Fellini’s SATYRICON the screen freezes on the face of the young, brown hair, big-eyed gay boy, whose face slowly grows and fills the entire 50 inch flat screen display. Rufus bolts, knowing this is not in the movie. “Hello?” The face on the screen slowly […]

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FZ: I really got into studying IONISATION. I have found so much more than I ever did. I’ve typed up my analysis for you to check. EV: Hmmml… This is amazing. I never knew the piece had this symmetry but your argument is convincing. Yes, yes, YES! Frank, you got it! ANALYSIS by Francesco Zappa

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Rufus fires Charles Ives

March 15, 2007

[Ides of March, 2007; Rufus writes to Hector Berlioz begging for a different teacher.] Cher Hector, Please make that mongoose Charles Ives go away. He’s a jerk and really not that good of a teacher. He’s constantly popping up on my computer screen, my television, and even the GPS in my car. I can’t take […]

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Drawing by L. Kupelwieser, 1813 Rosemary Brown had this to say about Franz Schubert: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] [Excerpt from a ripped LP of A MUSICAL SEANCE, featuring Rosemary Brown, released on Phillips Recordings in 1970]

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It’s getting like Harry Potter around here. I was innocently watching Robert Altman’s THREE WOMEN when all of a sudden the screen froze and who should appear in all her homely glory? Rosemary Brown, the official channeler of dead composers who has been overseeing my work with Ives and the rest. Well, she was not […]

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. [Rufus turns on his computer, opens his instant messaging program, and BLAMO! Charles Ives’ face appears on his screen.] CI: Hey Ralph! (Ives puts his nose up against the camera, and then squashes his face against the screen, looking rather silly.) Ain’t this new fangled technology somethin’? RW: (Laughs in his machine gun giggle.)Yeah, […]

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