In this clip from the 1950’s-60s British comedy group “Beyond the Fringe,” Dudley Moore plays a very funny but also very musically well-done parody of a Beethoven Piano Sonata, using the famous whistling tune from “Bridge Over the River Kwai” as a thematic subject.
The ‘ending’ here is dragged out for a good minute and a half with Dudley showing every sign of wanting to escape from 3’42 onwards.
• 1979 ~ The first western pop star to tour USSR was Elton John
• 1984 ~ “On Your Toes” closed at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances
• 1986 ~ Bernard Naylor, Composer, died at the age of 78
• 1991 ~ Julian Orbon De Soto, Composer, died at the age of 65
• 2000 ~ Jean-Pierre Rampal, who popularized the flute as a solo instrument and became one of classical music’s brightest stars, died in Paris. He was 78. The cause was a heart attack.
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• 2002 ~ Sandor Konya, a tenor who spent much of his career at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, died. He was 78. Born in Sarkad, Hungary, in 1923, Konya studied in Hungary, Italy and Germany before making a name for himself as a Wagnerian tenor and giving hundreds of performances at the Met in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He moved to Ibiza in the 1980s and started Pro Arte, a local foundation to promote the operatic arts with productions throughout the season, said Echarte, who is vice president.