Hola a todos. Well first it was organist Diane Bish that people became fascinated with and who would show up here looking for information about her sexual orientation. She’s still a hot item by the way. Nearly every day someone comes to pink barrio in search of information about Diane Bish’s sexual orientation. The search words are usually: “Is Diane Bish married?” Of course they mean is she married to a guy. I think it’s accurate to say that the crowd that listens to and appreciates Diane’s superb organ playing is mostly anti-gay/fundamentalist Christians who hold to the bigoted belief that “marriage is between a man and a woman,” (roll eyes) — with their over 50% divorce rate here in the US — which is why I took them on here in this article. I’d had enough of them. Los pendejos.
Well, lately Brasileño pianist Nelson Freire has been coming up in my search words too with people wondering about his sexual orientation. The search words used for him are: “Nelson Freire’s wife” and “Nelson Freire homosexual.” Note that they use the clinical word “homosexual” instead of gay. That tells me it was probably one of the bigoted and prejudiced Classical Music Snots searching for information about him.
Why is it so important to some heteronormative (and bigoted/anti-gay?) people that pianist Nelson Freire have a wife? What’s that about? Why must he have a wife? Why does he have to be a breeder/straight? Suppose he’s a Queer boy/gay? Would knowing that destroy people’s image of him and would they lose all respect for Nelson if they learned that he’s gay. It would certainly expose people’s anti-gay prejudices and bigotry.
To my knowledge Nelson doesn’t have a wife or need one quite frankly! The only pictures I’ve seen of him with a female have been with his longtime friend and concert pianist Marta Argerich.
Of the interviews I’ve read with Nelson, he’s a lovely guy. Very down-to-Earth. He’s certainly not narcissistic. Quite the opposite. He doesn’t make his music all about him. In fact, he doesn’t like attention, and I sense that his agent — who gets concert engagements for him — has had some problem with that aspect of his personality.
I don’t know if he’s gay or not and it doesn’t really matter. I can take a guess. But sometimes it’s very difficult to tell — even with the most reliable Gaydar — until one talks with the person a bit, and then one gets a better feel for them.
It’s just that no one ends up here by searching, “Nelson Freire’s boyfriend” or “Nelson Freire’s partner.” No, in the typical world-wide Breeder Agenda, it’s always the word “wife” that the anti-gay, heteronormative prejudiced bigots use, which is rather typical of many in the classical music audience — even though many classical musicians are Queer — as I wrote about in my article about Diane Bish and people’s obsession with her sexuality.
I might as well talk about Diane a little bit. I think she has retired from performing. Would Diane’s fan-base be crushed if they learned she’s la lesbiana? Some would. Some already have written despairingly about her because of her alleged lesbian sexual orientation. I can hear them now: “I’ll never listen to her again or watch The Joy of Music.” I’m sure Diane will be absolutely crushed to hear that. [sarcasm intended]. Who cares what you do?! Then use that time that you would have used to watch Diane and go get yourself some psychotherapy to work through your unhealthy anti-Queer prejudices and bigotry, okay? Do we understand each other? Basura. I can’t stand these trash.
Nelson is still performing and he’s an outstanding pianist, although I doubt that he’s still playing the Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in g these days. If he is, he’s probably not playing it quite like he played it back in the 1980s (see videos below). I say that because he’s 73 years old as of this writing. The aging process is so cruel. The last piece I saw him perform was the Schumann Piano Concerto in a in The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (I think that’s where it was; am I remembering that performance correctly?) in the Nederlands. (By the way, a little geography instruction: Please don’t refer to Nederlanden/the Nederlands as “Holland.” That is incorrect. Holland is only 2 provinces — Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland (North and South) — in the Nederlands so it’s incorrect to refer to the 12 provinces known as Koninkrijk der Nederlanden/the Kingdom of the Nederlands as “Holland.” I would think that the Dutch people would get tired of hearing that and would probably think to themselves, “Where did these stupid people go to school; didn’t they ever open a world geography book?” Most likely they’re from the stupid-is-in US, and don’t know the difference! Because I suspect that many people from the US couldn’t find the US on a world map.)
I think this interesting and tour de force performance by Nelson of the Saint-Saëns PC2 is probably from the 1980s. Chau.—el barrio rosa
“We live in a very distracted culture and music education is not something that our culture values.”—Paul Jacobs (B.M., Curtis Institute; M.M., A.D., Yale University School of Music, Juilliard Faculty member since 2003 and Chair of the Organ Department since 2004.)
Hola a todos. Paul is absolutely correct and I’m glad he brought this up in the interview when he said: “We live in a very distracted culture and music education is not something that our culture values.” Exactamente. But it seems to me and others that US culture doesn’t much value education of any kind. I would like to expand on what Paul said for a bit: In US culture stupid is in, dumbing-down is in, shallow pop culture is in, immaturity is in, bullying is in, hate is in, violence is in and rampant, road rage is in, not being “politically-correct” is in, gun violence is in, hate for the homeless is in in San Francisco and other cities where la policía in Denver are taking blankets away from the homeless in freezing temperatures (sick), immature people resolving the most trivial of conflicts with a gun is in, dysfunctional adults now killing their own children is in, there are increasing incidents of dysfunctions occurring on US-domestic air flights, saying the word “like” every-other-word when talking is in (especially in Tech Zombie San Francisco), intellectual is out, sounding educated when one speaks is out among other examples I could give. US culture is a very sick society regardless of how many people go on about how “smart” we think we are and superior to the rest of the world with our ugly and immature superiority complex. Going back to stupid is in for a moment: Stupid motorists are distracted because they’re playing with their phones that they’re addicted to (for their constant dopamine rush/hit) while driving and in some cases killing themselves and others. In Tech Zombie San Francisco, many motorists are so distracted/addicted to their many phones that they have multiple phones mounted across their dashboard and/or rear-view mirror to play with while driving. Some stupid cyclists have multiple phones mounted to their handlebars to play with while riding on San Francisco’s dangerous and potholed streets. “Never take your eyes off those screens, San Francisco.” But here in Billionaire’s Bay, at least we have The Techie Basura Millionaires and Billionaires — with their enormously big heads and over-inflated sense of self-worth — to continually come up with “you must have the latest and greatest” phone or app for tech billionaires to keep making billions off of the stupid and lobotomised sheeple to keep them distracted from things that really matter in humanity. Imagine if the people who waste most of their life “practising” their phones on a daily basis used that time for practising/learning an instrument. Wouldn’t that be a change? Don’t expect to ever see that. Not in this dumbed-down culture. But I suspect most of them would probably not have the talent, discipline or intelligence for learning an instrument and learning music. Although these phone addicts certainly do have the discipline for their toy/their phone. But music training is not a mindless toy. It’s hard work. The fun comes from hearing one’s gradual progress while working through a piece and the end results. The ultimate satisfaction/fun comes when one realises one has completed a piece and hopefully is able to play it well after adding the polish and refinement. I would point out that the decades of music training that Paul Jacobs and other highly-regarded, gifted, talented and successful musicians have received is far more difficult, complex and involved than the training required for tech coding. Yet people like Paul and other superb musicians don’t strut around with their nose in the air and this “we are the gift to the world” mentality that one gets from these arrogant techie pendejos who live under this illusion that they are “god’s gift to the world.” I can’t stand them; I can’t stand arrogant people. They’re basura! Related: What’s more difficult: Tech Training or Music Training?
The Juilliard School is located within Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan. I was very pleased to read that Paul invited organist Diane Bish to Juilliard to give a masterclass for the organ students. Good for him! I don’t think the chairperson of any other Organ Department in a School of Music or Conservatory of Music would have Diane as a guest and to give a masterclass there, although they should. I’m sure the elitist snots who have membership in the AGO would not approve as they’ve been making ugly, derogatory comments about Diane for years, mostly about her playing. Or are they easing off on that now? I think they describe her playing as “shallow.” I’ve never thought of it like that. I suspect this is a case of jealousy involved within immature people, which describes many church organists. They can be rather petty and a piece of work. Diane has her own television programme and these snots don’t, although there was nothing stopping them from doing the same thing Diane did with The Joy of Music. Get yourself a good/skilled camera crew and find some excellent pipe organs to perform on. But good luck (you’ll need it!) dealing with church organists to get permission to use the parish or cathedral church organ. Diane has said that church organists can be “touchy.” Oh stop it Diane; stop being polite. Tell us what you really think about them! (smile). Come on Diane, spill it, dish the chisme/gossip. We all know you have stories to tell from dealing with these piece of work church organists! I’ll tell you what I think about them in no uncertain terms: Church organists can be los pendejos. I know from experience of dealing with them. Ugh. I’ve had very negative experiences with church organists no matter how respectful, nice and kind I was to them. I didn’t get the same in return with their chip on both shoulders approach. Even though I told them I was Conservatory-trained in piano and pipe organ to give them some idea of my background since they’d not heard me play, that didn’t seem to help at all. Mi amigo/My friend said: “They were probably intimated by that or thought you were trying to take their job especially when/if you play better than they do! Were any of them Conservatory-trained? And you focus on difficult French organ repertoire. What do they play?” But back to Paul. He’s not like that at all. He was very gracious and said, “Thank you, Diane, for all you’ve done for the art of organ playing!.” Yes indeed, Diane has done more for bringing the pipe organ and organ playing and organ music into people’s lives than the Classical Music Snots (some of the AGO members). What have they done? Well, they’ve served as snooty and elitist armchair critics nitpicking everyone’s performance to death, measure-by-measure in some cases. I can’t stand people like that. Some people have made comments about Diane changing things contrary to the composer’s wishes in the score. I’ve only noticed one instance of that where as I recall she ended a toccata slightly differently than it’s written in the authentic French edition. I’m not positive but I believe it was the Dubois Toccata Sortie. She played that on occasion. The way she played it sounded fine and if you didn’t have the score in front of you, you probably wouldn’t even know she made a change. I don’t know why she did, but I didn’t make any big deal about it. Maybe it was the edition she was using (Editions G. Schirmer possibly?). I don’t know. Other people (bigots and anti-GLBTQ/prejudiced people) have also made derogatory comments about her suspected sexual orientation (her being a lesbian), which I wrote about here. For some reason, there’s a lot of interest in Diane’s sexual orientation lately considering the number of people who come to pink barrio each week clicking on that article. They come here from searching, “Is Diane Bish married?” Of course, they mean married to a man. They’re not thinking about same-gender marriage. No, not those bigots as one can read about in that link directly above.
Paul seems like a wonderful person; the nicest guy. With all his many accomplishments he comes across as very down-to-Earth, informal, humble and modest. The ideal/perfect artist in my opinion. When Paul was describing his childhood in the interview and what he did, it sounded similar to mine. I don’t want to spoil/give away much of the interview, but similar to what he did, I would go to the room where our piano was in my childhood home, shut the door and put on recordings of an Orchestra and Chorus and conduct them following the score which I had ordered, giving cues to the soprano section, then the tenors and so forth. Well, my dad would come to the room and ask me to turn it down a bit because he said it was too loud. I was thinking to myself: But it’s supposed to be loud, this is a large Orchestra with a 200-voice Chorus. I think it was Mendelssohn’s Elias/Elijah, or Robert Shaw’s Cleveland Orchestra Chorus at the time — this was before his tenure with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus — with various selections from major symphonic choral works. I turned my music down a bit but I think my dad came to realise it was futile to even ask. He probably thought: Why isn’t my child out here playing ball with all the other children? That’s because your child had no interest in sports and I wasn’t good at sports. I was studying the piano and also playing the organ (although untrained in organ at the time) at my family’s church and didn’t want my hands to get injured. I didn’t like catching balls because that made my hands sting. I also didn’t like getting hit in the head with a ball. That can really hurt. So I ran from balls rather than running to them as one is supposed to do in competitive sports, therefore I wasn’t much help on sports teams. I’m sure Paul can relate to this.
The person interviewing Paul is Dra Carol Williams of “On the Bench with Dr Carol”. She’s a concert organist and composer. She’s just as informal, down-to-Earth, modest and humble as Paul. She seems like a really nice person too. She did a good job interviewing Paul. Muchas gracias to Carol and Paul for the interview. I enjoyed it and found it very informative. One can watch the interview below. Chau.—el barrio rosa