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http://www.allaboutjazz.com/m/article.php?id=33390


nice reference in the European Jazz Orchestra
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Anyone know of much about Heinlein and music at all? I cannot recall any pieces (other than the hymns and the Mars movement from Holst being mentioned (and also the Bach mentioned in SIASL) - Am I just not remembering?

Also I believe Eunice tried to play something after Johann transplant but not sure if that piece was mentioned by name either. She could not play it.


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I think patriotic songs were mentioned. Mlle From Armentieres, too.

Actually, Johann tried to play the piano and failed -- while Enice used her steno dek just fine. And then they argued about planarians.

Rhysling was his most musical character, of course -- or perhaps the blind man on Mars -- the two may have been conflated.

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IWFNE mentions:

She stood up, did not notice that high heels gave her no trouble, and glided gracefully over to the little piano, sat down and opened it—let the first bars of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance # 10 run through her mind, then started to play--

Interestingly, Heinlein seemed to have a decent knowledge of church hymns and religious music. From "Job":

Their instrumental music consisted of a foot-pumped organ and a slide trombone. The latter surprised me but Pleased me; there is no other instrument that can get right down and rassle with The Holy City the way a trombone can, and it is almost indispensable for The Son of God Goes Forth to War.

Time Enough For Love mentions several musical pieces, including the obscure:

"sheet music for “Hello, Central, Give Me No Man’s Land” was open on the piano."

many other pieces from his books are listed in the Heinlein Society's Concordance, although you'll have to slog through a long list of other things:
http://www.heinleinsociety.org/concordance/


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Onward Christian soldiers
Each to war resigned,
With the cross of Jesus
Vaguely kept in mind.

Sorry; couldn't resist.

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There are musical notes throughout the canon -- I've thought about writing up a piece about them. It seems to be Leslyn and Ginny who were more interested in music than he was -- Leslyn was a lover of Tchaikosvky and other "light" classical music; Ginny was a Wagner nut.

There are, of course, folk songs (dirty and otherwise) scattered throughout the works, most notably "Time Enough for Love".

I get the feeling that was more his taste than the classical stuff....

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The paradoxical1947 pop tune "I'm My Own Grandpa" is mentioned both in "All You Zombies" and The Door into Summer.

This, in part, motivated me to learn to perform it on the ukulele.

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And now, we require you to post a recording of you on ukelele here for our listening pleasure....or so we all hope :)


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RobertJames wrote:
And now, we require you to post a recording of you on ukelele here for our listening pleasure....or so we all hope :)


Not today, but someday.

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