Thursday, November 20, 2008 : News : News: "The twelve million dollar collies #
I've got a longer post in me about the relationship between phishing scam-mail and the English language. But I had to share this one right away. It was part of a 'CONTRACT PROPOSAL' involving an alleged $20 million.

'AGREEMENT: As soon as you are able to secure this money, 40% will be for you, while 60% will be for me and my collies in the office.'

Those are some lucky colleagues! I mean, collies"

Sunday, November 09, 2008

BBC Radio 3 Programmes

BBC - BBC Radio 3 Programmes - Through the Night, 10/11/2008: "01:01AM
Fauré, Gabriel (1845-1924)
Requiem (Op.48)
National Philharmonic Choir of Bulgaria, Lyuba Pesheva (conductor)

with my happy memories of the Aldershot Choral Society

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) arr. Józef Koffler
Goldberg variations (BWV.988) arranged for string orchestra << oops -- includs pairs of flutes, oboes and bassoons !!!

if you listen carefully

Amadeus Polish Radio Orchestra, Agnieska Duczmal - Google Search

Józef Koffler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Orchestration of the Goldberg variations of J. S. Bach for small orchestra (1938)"

Józef Koffler (November 28, 1896 - vanished in 1944), was a Polish composer, music teacher, musicologist and musical columnist.
He was the first Polish composer living before the Second World War that applied the twelve tone composition technique (dodecaphony).

Biography wiki

He was born on the 28 November 1896 in Stryj, Austria-Hungary (today Ukraine). He studied from 1914 to 1916 in Lwów (today Lviv in Ukraine) and from 1918 to 1924 he studied music in Vienna.

His teachers were Paul Graener and Felix Weingartner.
From 1928 till 1941 Koffler was professionally active as music teacher in Lwów. Koffler was a protoplast of twentieth-century avant-garde Polish music. Polish exile composer Roman Haubenstock-Ramati studied in 1920 - 1923 composition with Koffler in Lwów.

When German troops entered the town Koffler was captured with his wife and son and forcibly relocated to the ghetto in Wieliczka (Poland). His further fate, date, location and way he died are unknown. At the beginning of 1944 he and his family probably were killed by one of the German Einsatzgruppen near Krosno (in southern Poland) where he was hiding after the liquidation of the ghetto in Wieliczka.

Most of Koffler's unpublished scores vanished in the turmoil of the Second World War, when he died in the Holocaust. Only two works amongst his numerous compositions were published after the war. They were released by the Polish editing house PWM and are available today. They are: String Trio op. 10 and Cantata Love op. 14. Several of his works are were released on CD records.