Quarterly Update

Filed under: Family Events,Music,New Clan Member — Chamberlain @ 11:49 am
No. 219

Here is a long overdue update on family goings-on over the past several months, and like our last posting, includes both glad and sad tidings. Thanks to a request for a notification (see below) from David Pentland, LC has been stirred from his hibernation.

First we must report our sad news. Alicia Salter informs us that Ray has developed a very serious neurological llness and is undergoing testing which is incomplete at this writing. We will all keep him and his family in our prayers and update you when we have more information from Alicia.

Our glad news is very happy indeed. If you have not learned of the newest clan member here he is:

Oliver Chambers Easthope

Oliver Chambers Easthope

The happy note from the Easthopes with Oliver’s specs:

“We are overjoyed to announce that Oliver Chambers Easthope was born on 1.15.15 at 5:35pm, measuring 6lbs 7oz and 20.5 inches. Henry is elated to be a big brother and we are thrilled to be settling in at home as a new family of four!

Anne, David, Henry & Oliver”

Such good news Anne and David. We hope to see Oliver out here at the Chambers’ headwaters soon!

Last Thanksgiving at Moone Athy, graciously hosted by Sarah Fehlig, we were fortunate to have several out of town family visitors, including Nick Salter, Lemoine and Sophie Skinner, and Sarah Law. A highlight of the day was a concert put on by Sarah Fehlig – a thank you is in order for all her work in printing up music for the family Chambers Chamber Orchestra, and for the collection and printing of the vocal parts as well.

Maestra Fehlig Conducts

Maestra Fehlig Conducts

String Section

String Section

Woodwind Section

Woodwind Section

Chamber Chorus

Chamber Chorus

Nick and Cousins

Nick and Cousins

Chorus Member Marianne Joy

Chorus Member Marianne Joy

Again thanks to all, especially the Fehligs, for making this a memorable Thanksgiving.

Congratulations are in order for David Pentland who sent this to the family:


“This is my new rugby team – I’m one of three founders, starting Dec 2014. We are based in Illinois near the Glen Carbon area. I’ll be the forwards coach (scrum coach). The Polk family has a great legacy of ruggers, I am proud to keep the tradition going. Could you please post my new Mercenaries rugby logo on ourrumpus? Just like all rugby teams we are always looking for players sponsors and fans.


Any of the younger men (sorry girls…) can contact Davey to join up! Uncle Bill Cromie will be proud of your commitment to the sport!

Till the next trickle down…


A Metro Retro

Filed under: Music,Photography,Youth Education — Chamberlain @ 11:40 am


St Louisan Trebor Jay Tichner, one of the foremost American performers and historians of ragtime music, suffered a stroke on Dec 1st. I’d like to acknowledge his contribution to the maintenance of our musical heritage, not to mention all that he, Al Stricker and their group The St Louis Ragtimers have done for St Louis over the past 50 years. So here’s a stellar clip of Trebor at his best (1986, Goldenrod Showboat, St Louis National Ragtime Festival) performing Scott Joplin’s Pineapple Rag:

Alicia Withers and Grizelda Skinner were frequent attendees at the National Ragtime Festival and would approve. We include Trebor in our prayers and wish him a speedy recovery.


Thanks to Tom Dunn at Gateway Arch Riverboat Cruises , we have this Metro Retro photo taken on 4240 Olive Street in 1961. I’m sure it, like the video above, will bring back memories for the older Rumpians.

The Crystal Palace


This photo from the Metro Transit Blog notes that Barbara Streisand, age 18, then did a 3 week stint at the Crystal Palace. The posting adds that “Others who took the Crystal’s stage included Lenny Bruce, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Woody Allen, Phyllis Diller, the Smothers Brothers and Dick Gregory”. Pretty impressive lineup.

The Chamberlain and his entire staff extend their best wishes to the clan for a Merry Christmas. Many of them will be travelling north (!) for the holiday and will provide snow-filled images in the unlikely event that they survive.


Lawdy, Lawdy Stephanie…

Filed under: Art,Music,Youth Education — Chamberlain @ 12:15 am

This immensely talented young St Louisan, Stephanie Trick, will knock you out. If you don’t know of her, it’s time you did. This is a nice way to edge our way into spring, beginning with “I Ain’t Got Nobody” followed by James P Johnson’s “You’ve Gotta Be Modernistic”. Hope you enjoy it!

Should be outlawed during Lent!


A New Kind of Radio!

Filed under: Art,Music — Chamberlain @ 1:43 pm



This post will not be illuminating to many, especially the android savvy readers – apologies in advance – but some of you may, like me, find the following interesting, and more importantly, delightfully useful.

First, some background. St Louisans recently have experienced a bitter blow, the loss of KFUO, Classic 99, the only classical radio in the St Louis area. Yes, it has been replaced by an NPR station KWMU-3 but this requires an HD radio, or an internet link to http://www.stlpublicradio.org/classical/. In addition, as was the case before, the listener is subjected to the tastes of the sponsors as well as to the fund raising chatter and ads of the host between pieces.

An alternative? Pandora. This to me is an incredible step forward for people who want some control over the music at home or in their workplace. Essentially, Pandora provides listeners with their own radio stations, each an internet stream of music which the listener selects and filters over time, with few (or none, if you purchase Pandora One at $3/mo) ads. Best of all, these stations can be dedicated to jazz, classical, rock, opera, or whatever suits your taste.

The idea for Pandora stems from something called the Music Genome Project, a fascinating and ambitious musicological venture.

The Music Genome Project®

On January 6, 2000 a group of musicians and music-loving technologists came together with the idea of creating the most comprehensive analysis of music ever.

Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or “genes” into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song – everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It’s not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records – it’s about what each individual song sounds like.

Since we started back in 2000, we’ve carefully listened to the songs of tens of thousands of different artists – ranging from popular to obscure – and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time. This work continues each and every day as we endeavor to include all the great new stuff coming out of studios, clubs and garages around the world.

It has been quite an adventure, you could say a little crazy – but now that we’ve created this extraordinary collection of music analysis, we think we can help be your guide as you explore your favorite parts of the music universe.

Tim Westergren
The Music Genome Project



When Pandora opened her jar, we all know what occurred – all of mankind’s evils escaped to haunt us*. But did you realize that Pandora was able to prevent one thing’s escape? Hope. In the sphere of music, this hope to my mind has been realized in Pandora radio -something you should definitely explore – let us know what you think!

(Disclaimer: no commercial or other link with Pandora by the Management)

*This myth is perhaps an early example of a ‘theodicy’, but you’d better check with Sophie Skinner to verify this…

Stand Back Boys!

Filed under: Entertainment,Music,Youth Education — Chamberlain @ 12:28 am

Nothing is quite as exhilarating as unexpectedly stumbling across true genius, especially when this genius is youthful and her talent is still evolving. In our prior Divertimento posts we have shared the fun of exploring musical phenoms such as Roy Goodman and guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. Tonight it is a young pianist, indeed a Missourian, who is our featured virtuosa. Her name is Stephanie Trick and rather than wasting time writing about her, just listen to this…





Stephanie’s idol and inspiration was Fats Waller. Can you imagine what that prodigious and prodigiously gifted pianist would have thought on hearing Stephanie render his ‘Handful of Keys‘ or ‘Viper’s Drag‘? No doubt about what he would have said: ‘This joint is Jumpin’.


Divertimento III

Filed under: Music — Chamberlain @ 2:10 pm

The Choir of King’s College Cambridge is one of today’s most accomplished and renowned representatives of the great British choral tradition. It was created by King Henry VI, who founded the College in 1441, to provide daily singing in his glorious Chapel, and this remains the main task of the choir to this day.

Roy Goodman (born 26 January 1951, Guildford, England) is a conductor and violinist, specialising in the performance and direction of early music. He became internationally famous as the 12-year-old boy treble soloist in the March 1963 recording of Allegri’s Miserere with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge under David Willcocks. The Miserere is a setting of Vulgate Psalm 50

Allegri’s* Miserere was jealously guarded by the Papal Choir, until the occasion when Mozart (see painting of the composer as a child on left) heard it and promptly wrote it out from memory – an astonishing feat, especially for someone of only 14 years of age. This setting is especially remembered for its sensational recurring solo phrases, and there has never been a performance of these solo phrases to match the one in this classic King’s recording by the treble Roy Goodman.

The following letter from Mozart’s father Leopold to his wife is of interest:

[Sent from Rome, dated April 14, 1770. Only parts of the letter relevant to the transcription episode are given here.]

“We arrived here safely on the 11th at noon. I could have been more easily persuaded to return to Salzburg than to proceed to Rome, for we had to travel for five days from Florence to Rome in the most horrible rain and cold wind. I am told here that they have had constant rain for four months and indeed we had a taste of it, as we went on Wednesday and Thursday in fine weather to Saint Peter’s and to the Sistine Chapel to hear the Miserere during the mass, and on our way home were surprised by such a frightful downpour that our cloaks have never yet been so drenched as they then were…

You have often heard of the famous Miserere in Rome, which is so greatly prized that the performers in the chapel are forbidden on pain of excommunication to take away a single part of it, to copy it or to give it to anyone. But we have it already. Wolfgang has written it down and we would have sent it to Salzburg in this letter, if it were not necessary for us to be there to perform it. But the manner of performance contributes more to its effect than the composition itself. So we shall bring it home with us. Moreover, as it is one of the secrets of Rome, we do not wish to let it fall into other hands, ut non incurramus mediate vel immediate in censuram Ecclesiae….”

Here is the English Translation of the musical segment to be heard below:

Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy.
And according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity.
Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.
To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee:
that thou mayst be justified in thy words and mayst
overcome when thou art judged.
For behold I was conceived in iniquities;
and in sins did my mother conceive me.

Click on this link to hear this masterpiece. N.B. The exquisite Goodman treble singing is heard 1 minute 35 seconds into this snippet. Be sure to listen long enough to hear it – I’m sure it’s one of the 20th Century’s greatest vocal performances…

* Gregorio Allegri (1582 – 1652), Italian composer and priest.


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