From Mischa S.
Posted May 13, 2008 at 08:38 PM
You can find some explanations to these in the old threat.
Axelrod, Herbert R.
Data, Lt. Commander [10 THz]
Dawes, Charles G.
de Saint-Exupéry, Antoine
Dickson, William Kennedy
Drinker Bowen, Katherine
George III of the United Kingdom
Klemperer, Werner (Otto Flick from the BBC comedy Allo Allo, son of Otto Klemperer and relative of Victor Klemperer)
Kreeger , David Lloyd
Johnson, Lyndon B.
Pope Pius XII.
Queen Elisabeth of Belgium
Steinhausen, F. A.
that old guy in the Frankenstein movie (must be this one)
At least we should reach the 100, so keep them coming...! :)
One big one you missed - but maybe not an amateur since he was considered a musician as well as an actor/comedian - Dudley Moore was very good on the violin, there was a movie where he was a classical conductor and actually played the violin in the movie on screen, the actor who played the virtuoso violinist he was working with was obviously not playing.
Also one of the anchor women on CCN plays cello - cant remember her name. "Buddy" from the original Dick Van Dyke show was a pretty good cellist as well.
Molecular biologist Mark Ptashne plays violin & owns some spectacular instruments & bows, some of which are on loan to professional musicians
The next one is not that famous, but he should be in fact - he's the patron saint for a certain kind of amateur: Baron Ernst von Bagge, a remarkably bad, but rich amateur, who invited the complete cream of violinists in his time to receive a lesson of him, since he declared to have found a new method of playing. And they all came: Kreutzer, Viotti, Stamitz, Befuzzi etc.. Bagge pretended to know everything about Tartini's bow hold, Pugnani's Appoggiamento etc. whatever, his convictions about artists were devastating. After the lesson they all applauded and got a louisd’or. Besides his bizarre method of playing (he dashed with the bow on the strings) he was a very sweet-tempered and generous patron, who composed a concerto, which Kreutzer played on his funeral.
E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote a lovely story about him.
In your initial (and excellent) list, you list as the last name "Henry Youngman." I believe that you meant Henny Youngman, the famous comedian, king of the one-liners, and my comic hero. He always used the violin in his act, but didn't play much onstage (thank goodness).
He told jokes with an economy of language that was stunning. For example,
"There are two sides to every argument - my wife's side and the losing side."
"My mother is 90 and still doesn't need glasses - drinks right out of the bottle."
And, of course, his most famous line, "Take my wife - please!"
"He thinks of himself as a wit, and he's half right."
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