A Conversation for Flanders and Swann - Musicians

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Post 1

Rover

yes, very interesting. But for the record it was not Winchester where they met but Westminster school (in London).


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Post 2

Dinsdale Piranha

I stand corrected.

I apologise for the brevity of this, but it's been moderated to death. Originally it had the lyrics to A Song of Patriotic Prejudice, but they were taken out.


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Post 3

Ming Mang

Has anyone got any idea where I can get more records of their stuff??
Please?

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Post 4

Hopelessly Paranoid

((Please ignore this post, it is unrelated to the topic, though now I'm here I am fairly interested. I'm just doing an experiment to see exactly how long it takes the previous postee to notice this post this. Its all in the interest of science. Please excuse me smiley - smiley ))

[HP}=~~


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Post 5

Ming Mang

3 minutes. smiley - smiley

Anyone any idea?
Please?

¦M¦


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Post 6

Hurtenflurst

Re: enquiry on availability of F&S material: there's an HMV own label (Green label) concert CD with a lot of old favourites on it (Gnu, Mud, Bedstead Men, Greensleeves etc). Part of a current series so should be available - I got it within last 2 years.


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Post 7

Ming Mang

Really? Oh, brilliant!!! smiley - smileysmiley - biggrin
Yay!! Yay!! Yay!!!! smiley - biggrinsmiley - biggrinsmiley - biggrin
Thanks Hurtenflurst!!! smiley - hugsmiley - biggrinsmiley - biggrinsmiley - biggrinsmiley - biggrin

¦M¦


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Post 8

Trekker

I've got the CD you're referring too and it's become a family favourite. My boys aged 7 and 10 love the songs and the repartee. The Gas Man and Song of the weather are our favourites.


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Post 9

Ming Mang

Woohoo!!! It does, it's got my favourites on it!!!
YAY!!! YAY!!! YAY!!! YAY!!!!!
*bounces around happily*
Thanks everyone!!! smiley - biggrinsmiley - biggrinsmiley - hug

¦M¦


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Post 10

Researcher 173516

They didn't make many records, so you probably have the lot. "At the Drop of a Hat" and "At the Drop of Another Hat" were the only vinyl albums though there was a sort of remake of the former (and nothing like as good, they sounded tired). There is stuff on CD and I'm sure HMV or Virgin would put you right.

Ian Wallace recorded "A Bestiary of Flanders and Swann" but I doubt if this is on CD.


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Post 11

Quintopang

There is a box set of 3 CDs - At the Drop of a Hat, At the Drop of Another Hat, and The Bestiary, 1991 EMI.


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Post 12

Alec Trician. (The Man with the foolish grin)

my own favourite is the french horn sorng..
...i found my horn...gorn.
brilliant stuff.
alec


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Post 13

Trekker

Yes that's one of our family favourites too. My boys like All Gall as well But it's not easy explaining a 1960's satirical song to Boys of 10 and 7. But hopefully it's introduced them to a few things they son't cover at school. Oh they love The Fist and Second Law of Themodynamics too. I'd love to a be a fly on the wall in the lesson where the teacher asks if anyone knows what they are.


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Post 14

You can call me TC (But now there's someone else who'll be calling me Granny) - Back from holidays

The Song of Reproduction is so very topical. It can now be applied to all forms of communication. We have so many whizz ways of saying things to each other (SMS, e-mail, answering machines, etc. etc) and are continually striving for better service and better quality. But no one has anything meaningful to actually say to each other.


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Post 15

Ming Mang

I know!! And what's so amusing for me is that I know two people who are obsessed with sound systems to that extreme!! smiley - biggrinsmiley - biggrinsmiley - laugh

¦M¦


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Post 16

Trekker

I worry about the amount of time I spend tinkering with the 'puter. But it seems that once you've got one ( whatever you got it for in the first place) you have to learn to tinker just to keep the darn thing going. I suppose it's much the same as the early days of motoring if you owned one you were your own mechanic.


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Post 17

You can call me TC (But now there's someone else who'll be calling me Granny) - Back from holidays

This is hardly the "early days of computering" any more!

People (from Bill Gates downwards .. down to my son, for example) just love fiddling with the workings of computers, but at the other end of the scale there are those who really can and do just use them like the kitchen mixer. Switch on, write, send, print, switch off. (Well, you know what I mean)

Most of us are somewhere in between. I actually have a friend who doesn't know any DOS commands, but manages perfectly well on the computer. It's a clever invention, for some it's the means, for some it's the end. Some don't want to accept that it should be tool - just like cars or stereos, they're there for the sake of themselves, not for getting you from a to be, enjoying music, or, in the case of computers, communicating, administrating and making life simpler and more organised.


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Post 18

Just zis Guy, you know? † Cyclist [A690572] :: At the 51st centile of ursine intelligence

Now the campaign must begin to add the missing information!

Michael Flanders - b. London, March 1922, educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford (History), served in the RNVR as an Able Seaman, later commissioned, suffered polio after torpedo attack in 1943 during the African landings (which you have, I note) thereafter permanently confined to a wheelchair. First professional engagement at the Oxford Playhouse, l941 (Valentine in You Never Can Tell). Collaborated with old friend Swann in revues for Laurier Lister: Penny Plain (St. Martin's, 1951, with decor by Ronald Searle of Molesworth and St Trinians fame who later illustrated their album covers); Airs on a Shoestring (Royal Court, 1953); Fresh Airs (Comedy, 1956). New Year's Eve, 1956, started "At The Drop of a Hat" - an "after-dinner farrago", opened at the New Lindsey Theatre at Notting Hill Gate and immediately transferred to the West End. Ran for 759 performances. F&S played throughout the United States, Australia and New Zealand (1964). Flanders was married in New York to Claudia Davis (an American). 1963 - launched At The Drop of Another Hat, which played at the Globe and the Haymarket. Flanders was a regular on radio and television; at one stage he was chairman of The Brains Trust. He wrote the libretti of two operas; translated (with Kitty Black) Stravinskv's The Soldier's Tale - and in 1962 appeared as The Storyteller in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Aldwych, London. In 1964 he received the OBE. He died in 1975 aged 53. [ Source: The Times, and others ]

Donald Ibrahim Swann ("the Enid Blyton of English light music", as Flanders put it)was an altogether more complex character. Devout Christian, prolific composer and gifted tenor. Born September 30, 1923 in Llanelli to Russian parents, educated (like Flanders) at Westminster (where he met Peter Ustinov, Joachim von Ribbentropp and Tony Benn) and Oxford. During the war he served as an ambulance driver (which you have). He wrote operatic and other pieces, and was a gifted pianist. He was an accomplished linguist, fluent in Russian and Greek,and set poetry to music, including Greek narrative verse and works by Tolkien, Betjeman, Cecil Day Lewis and Sydney Carter. He was an active churchgoer and, at the 1975 meeting of the World Council of Churches in Nairobi, collaborated with Dr Donald Coggan, then Archbishop of Canterbury, to present a new musical version of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Swann was divorced from his first wife Janet in 1983, with whom he had two daughters. Died in London 23 March 1994, of cancer.

Subs of the world unite: give these two the recognition they deserve!


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Post 19

Ming Mang

*falls over*
Are you carrying all that in your head or did you look it up...? smiley - winkeyesmiley - smiley

smiley - erm... Wasn't Swann fluent in French as well, or am I imagining things again...? smiley - erm

¦M¦


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Post 20

Alec Trician. (The Man with the foolish grin)

thanks guy...
anyone got a number for the 3cd set?
ta...alec.smiley - biggrin


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