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Lyr Req: Moonlight Sonata

Marion 26 Jul 99 - 03:57 PM
MMario 29 Sep 99 - 04:39 PM
Marc 29 Sep 99 - 05:38 PM
katlaughing 29 Sep 99 - 06:50 PM
Marion 30 Sep 99 - 10:21 AM
annamill 30 Sep 99 - 08:41 PM
katlaughing 30 Sep 99 - 09:14 PM
Roger the skiffler 01 Oct 99 - 05:42 AM
Peter T. 01 Oct 99 - 11:23 AM
M. Ted (inactive) 01 Oct 99 - 11:55 AM
catspaw49 02 Oct 99 - 11:09 PM
marc 04 Oct 99 - 07:53 AM
Marc 04 Oct 99 - 04:56 PM
GUEST,Mlaabichi 30 Oct 12 - 07:31 PM
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Subject: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: Marion
Date: 26 Jul 99 - 03:57 PM

Hi folks. I know this isn't folk, but there is so much expertise here that I have to ask.

Does anyone know of any lyrics for Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, in German or English, "classical" or recently composed?

I ask this because my piano playing (such as it is), brings much delight to a dear elderly friend. He always asks for the Moonlight Sonata and always tells me how moved he is by it (even though I must admit that I play a dumbed-down arrangement of it). He also always says that it should be a song and that it's a pity that there are no words to it.

Anyway, this gentleman's 100th birthday is coming up and I thought that a Moonlight Song would be the perfect gift. Do I have to write it myself?

Love, Marion


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: MMario
Date: 29 Sep 99 - 04:39 PM

What a gift that would be....


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: Marc
Date: 29 Sep 99 - 05:38 PM

The Broadway Musical, "Your A Good Man Charlie Brown" which ran in the early 70's, has a song. I don't remember the words off hand but Schroeder plays Moonlight Sonata, and Lucy sings a love song to him. It's kinda corny, kinda cute. I'll see if I can find more for you.

Marc


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Sep 99 - 06:50 PM

Hi, Marion, sorry I missed this earlier. The only thing I could find in a quick search was this:

I was lying on the sofa in our house, listening to Yoko play Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' on the piano. Suddenly, I said, 'Can you play those chords backward?' She did, and I wrote 'Because' around them. The song sounds like 'Moonlight Sonata', too. The lyrics are clear, no b*llsh*t, no imagery, no obscure references." John Lennon - Playboy - 1980


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: Marion
Date: 30 Sep 99 - 10:21 AM

You mean a quick search through your Playboy collection?

:) Marion


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: annamill
Date: 30 Sep 99 - 08:41 PM

You guys are so beautiful.

annap


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Sep 99 - 09:14 PM

Thanks, annap, same back atcha!

Marion, LOL! The ONLY one I ever bought or have is the one that had just hit the stands the day Lennon was shot. I figured it was the last interview & I had to have it. My girlfriend and I were in such shock, we called our boss, told him our standard excuse, which he came up with, that our bras went on backwards and fit, and that we were going out to the ranch. We sat out there with the stereo cranked up and drank ourselves from silly to maudlin to outright, mean-Momma, bluesy, wailing at the wall grief. Every year on that day, we either get together or call each other to "touch base". It was one of those unbelievable once in a lifetime experiences that ya never forget.

My brother, the classical genius, is going to be up here in a few minutes. I'll ask him about the Moon lyrics.

luvyaKat


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 05:42 AM

WW2 sketch from Beyond the Fringe, Dudley Moore (now sadly very ill) is playing (I think)Moonlight Sonata as Dame Myra Hess. Father (Jonathan Miller?) to son: "That is a German tune, we are at war with the Germans, funny thing, war."
So I always say "Funny thing, war" whenever I hear that tune! (sad case, back to the NYCFTTS).


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: Peter T.
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 11:23 AM

Not to grouse or anything at somebody who is approaching 100, but Moonlight Sonata should be left alone, if possible. It is like putting maple syrup on an already iced cake (I know, some people probably like it that way). There are other beautiful Beethoven songs that your friend might like, which have a Beethoven-like feel to them. "An Die Ferne Geliebte" is one of the most beautiful song cycles (and the inspiration for Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, etc., etc.), and there are individual songs, like "Adelaida" which are heavenly.
yours, Peter T.
P.S. The Lucy-Schroeder song from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" is fun, just to show that I am not a prude about this. Not as good as "A Book Report on Peter Rabbit" or "Suppertime", but O.K.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 01 Oct 99 - 11:55 AM

Not withstanding the comment from Peter, I remember dimly that there was a popular rendition of "Moonlight Sonata" that had lyrics--actually, to be accurate, there was a popular song that used the melody to MS--as you all know, perhaps too well, there was something of a thing that Tin Pan Alley had for taking classical melodies and writing lyrics that expressed the sentiments of the day to them--

The musical, "Kismet" is a favorite example, because the songs are based on compositions of Borodin, which were in turn based on folk music--

Anyway, I have moved and all my rooks and becords are scattered, so it is hard for me to look things up, but as the boxes are opened, I'll see what I can find--(I have been checking this thread and hoping that someone else would remember!)


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Oct 99 - 11:09 PM

Still trying Marion!!!! I feel we kinda' owe you for that wonderful prison camp story.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: marc
Date: 04 Oct 99 - 07:53 AM

I agree with you Peter T. I was just providing a possable song not saying it was my fovorite. I think my favorite from the show is that one wwhere snoopy pretends to be the fierce jungle creature," I feel every now and then that I want to bite someone..."


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Moonlight Sonata
From: Marc
Date: 04 Oct 99 - 04:56 PM

Actually I take that back .The song I mentioned is one of those long syrupy Snoopy songs. Peter rabbit is better


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Moonlight Sonata
From: GUEST,Mlaabichi
Date: 30 Oct 12 - 07:31 PM

Here are the lyrics"

D'ya know something, Schroeder?
I think the way you play the piano is nice.
D'ya know something else?
It's always been my dream, that I'd marry a man who plays the piano.
At parties he'd play something nice like "April Showers."
I'm sure you could play something nice like "April Showers."
Or even "Frere Jacques."
Beethoven's nice too.
Just imagine what would you think if someday you and I should get married,
Wouldn't you like that if someday we two should get married?
(Spoken) My Aunt Marion was right. Never try to dicuss marriage with a musician.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Moonlight Sonata
From: GUEST,highlandman in kansas
Date: 31 Oct 12 - 10:49 AM

Wow. One can only hope Marion's friend will be able to appreciate this on his 113th. -G


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