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On a personal note

"Tell me what you love, and I'll tell you who you are!"
Sir André Previn answered Marcel Proust's questionnaire with utmost candor.

My most important character attribute
Curiosity

The quality that I like to see in a man
Loyalty, intelligence, humor

The most important quality in a woman
Constancy, understanding, humor

Your friends' most important qualities
They know the difference between friend and an acquaintance

My greatest weakness
Procrastination

My favorite pastime
Being with my wife

My dream of happiness
I'm living it now

What would be the biggest tragedy for me?
Deafness

What I would like to be
I'm working on it

The country where I would like to live
Wherever my family is

Favorite color
Blue

Favorite flower
Rose, sunflower

Favorite bird
Charlie Parker

Favorite author
Mark Twain, Anton Chekhow, Graham Greene

Favorite poet
Philip Larkin, Rainer Maria Rilke

Favorite literary hero
Huckleberry Finn

Favorite literary heroine
Madame Bovary

Favorite composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Favorite painter
Diego Velásquez, Henri Matisse

My heroes in real life
Daffy Duck

My historical hero/heroine
Thomas Jefferson

Favorite name
Philip Emmanuel

What I hate the most
Pushy people with pushy opinions

Historical personalities whom I despise most
Adolf Hitler

Military deed that I admire most
I don't admire anything military

The reform that I admire most
Abolition of slavery, emancipation of women

Natural talent that I would like to have
Drawing

How I would like to die
Later

Current spiritual orientation
The mind of man

The fault for which I have the greatest tolerance.
Nobody's perfect

My motto
A day without music is a wasted day


Favorite Music

All Time Greats

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Piano Concerto No. 4, G major, op. 58
String Quartet No. 14,C sharp minor, op. 131
Violin Concerto D major, op. 61

Johannes Brahms:
German Requiem, op. 45
Symphony No. 4, e minor, op. 98

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Le Nozze de Figaro, KV 492
Symphony No. 40, g minor, KV 550
Sinfonia concertante, E flat major, KV 364
Piano Concerto No. 24, c minor, KV 491
String Quintet No. 4, g minor, KV 516

Franz Schubert
String Quintet, C major, op. 163

Richard Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59


20th Century Works

Samuel Barber:
Knoxville

Béla Bartók:
String Quartets Nr. 1-6

Alban Berg:
Wozzeck

Benjamin Britten:
Peter Grimes, op. 33

Claude Debussy:
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Henri Dutilleux:
Symphony No. 2

Serge Prokofieff:
Romeo & Julia, op. 64

Maurice Ravel:
Daphnis et Chloé

Igor Strawinsky:
Le Sacre du Printemps

Richard Strauss:
Capriccio, op. 85

Vaughan Williams:
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis


Jazz CDs

Oscar Peterson:
"Exclusively for my friends" Polydor

Art Tatum:
"Complete Pablo Group Masterpieces" Pablo

Charlie Parker:
"Charlie Parker with Strings" Verve

Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker:
"Bird + Diz" Verve

Zoot Sims:
"Zoot Sims And The Gershwin Brothers" Pablo

Duke Ellington:
"The Jimmy Blanton Era 1939-41"
Giants of Jazz

Count Basie:
"1936-1961" Columbia

Billie Holiday:
"Essential" Columbia

Woody Herman:
"Four Brothers" Disques Dreyfus

Bill Evans:
"Trio '64" Verve"


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