Let's explore just how in-bred this classical world of ours is. More so, I'd argue, than even the world of movies. I'm going to argue that you can connect any two classical musicians through their teachers, orchestras, etc., probably in about four degrees!
Call the game...."Six degrees of Simon Fischer." The aim of the game, as with SDOKB, is to come up with the most ridiculous connections possible.
Basically I'm asking you to connect yourself with well-known musicians. Or, you can connect musicians with each other. For example:
I was a student of Gerardo Ribeiro, who was a student of Ivan Galamian, who taught Dorothy DeLay, who taught... Simon Fischer! Three degrees!
Robert figured out a way to connect me to Paganini in one degree:
My violin was played (okay for, like, a few 2-minute demonstrations) by Ruggiero Ricci, who also played the "Cannone" violin that was played by... Paganini! One degree from Paganini!
Seems like if you can get to Ivan Galamian, Josef Gingold or Dorothy DeLay, you can connect with just about any violinist.
How many degrees are you from ...Simon Fischer? Heifetz? Paganini? Brahms? Sting? Can you connect Gil Shaham with Led Zeppelin?
And then just to really connect everything:
Simon Fischer performed on "Ten Summoners Tales" with Sting.
Sting did the music for "Emperor's New Groove," starring John Goodman.
John Goodman was in "Death Sentence" with...
(Credit to Robert and his wicked Internet search skills for that one!)
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