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Re: Vatican sopranos #123551
02/25/04 12:55 AM
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They were often thought the best. Some were quite capable of the effort, but without the consequences.


Re: Vatican sopranos #123552
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Dear Faldage: Vatican sopranos were deprived of posterity at a very early age. I doubt very much that they ever had
a "tilt to the kilt".


Gelding the lilt #123553
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I doubt very much that they ever had a "tilt to the kilt".

Alas, performance at the expense of performance.

To geld the lilt is a crime against posterity. Or at least it should be.





Re: Gelding the lilt #123554
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Google castrati lovers and you'll find some sites that claim that they were sought after by discriminating women.


Re: Gelding the lilt #123555
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Dear Faldage: I had searched, and those were idiots who were
castrated after reaching maturity.The Vatican types were
like the young man from Samoa,Who had one inch, and no more...


Re: Gelding the lilt #123556
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The Vatican types were like the young man from Samoa, who had one inch, and no more...

Let's not put too fine a point on it, wwh.

Let's just call it what it is: mutilation ... a low note in the history of chasing high notes.

Some chords are better lost than severed.





Re: back to sprezzatura #123557
02/27/04 06:38 PM
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An antonym to "sprezzatura" from a Sherlock Holmes adventure:
""You remember," said he, "that some little time ago when I read you the passage in one of Poe's sketches in which a close reasoner follows the unspoken thoughts of his companion, you were inclined to treat the matter as a mere tour-de-force of the author. On my remarking that I was constantly in the habit of doing the same thing you expressed incredulity."

A "tour de force" is a master-stroke, a striking display of skill and power.


Re: tour-de-force #123558
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That might qualify as making the difficult look difficult. I'm still (the Good Father's noble effort notwithstanding) looking for a word that means making the easy look difficult.


Re: tour-de-force #123559
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making the easy look difficult.

complicate?


Re: tour-de-force #123560
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I'm still ... looking for a word that means making the easy look difficult

How about "clumsy"?





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