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  1. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    05 May '13 23:55
  2. 06 May '13 02:40
    The man was a brilliant pianist in his own right and a brilliant musical humorist! Thanks for posting. One of my favorites pieces played deftly!
  3. Donation mwmiller
    RHP Member No.16
    06 May '13 15:49 / 1 edit
    Here's another one.

    A little standup comedy to start it off, but just serious playing after that. I enjoyed this, but the first time I watched I kept waiting for him to start in with his clowning around while playing. But he just played it through without any fooling around.

    I have always enjoyed his sense of humor.
  4. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    06 May '13 18:14
    Originally posted by mwmiller
    Here's another one.

    A little standup comedy to start it off, but just serious playing after that. I enjoyed this, but the first time I watched I kept waiting for him to start in with his clowning around while playing. But he just played it through without any fooling around.

    I have always enjoyed his sense of humor.
    I guess he wanted to show people he HAD a serious side also. It was his 80th birthday bash.
  5. Donation mwmiller
    RHP Member No.16
    06 May '13 18:40
    I must be getting senile. I guess I forgot to paste in the link for my earlier post, so here it is.

    YouTube
  6. 07 May '13 01:19
    Absolutely lovely! The man was a genius. So witty, astute and brilliant! I shall never forget him and regret I never got to see him live!
  7. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    07 May '13 10:21
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    Absolutely lovely! The man was a genius. So witty, astute and brilliant! I shall never forget him and regret I never got to see him live!
    Remember his 'inflationary english' bit? Add one to what you are saying: She had three of the most beautiful eyes I ever saw" or As I was one and a half way through the door I saw her in the hallway".....
  8. 07 May '13 17:52
    I've seen him perform in the Gothenburg Concert Hall and I really missed subtitles because he was so funny all the time and I couldn't hear what he said because people were laughing so much! He spoke in a very low voice and every move he made was funny.
    I've read that when he was young he wanted to be a serious pianist but he soon realised that there were so many talented pianists that he had to find his own way of amusing an audience.
  9. 08 May '13 01:06
    He was one of a kind indeed! Compared to today's comic talent he was a giant of his trade. I wonder if he was wittier still in his native Danish. Must have been although his English was impeccable. I could watch his videos all night.
  10. 14 May '13 06:41
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    He was one of a kind indeed! Compared to today's comic talent he was a giant of his trade. I wonder if he was wittier still in his native Danish. Must have been although his English was impeccable. I could watch his videos all night.
    Maybe, but when I listen to Swedish actors speak Swedish - living in US for a long time - they hesitate, search for words and do not always place the words in the right order. You lose the spontaneity in a language when you don't use it often.
  11. 14 May '13 11:41
    Perhaps so, but a genius like Borge has to have maintained his Danish at a very high level. I am bilingual and strive mightily to maintain my mother tongue impeccable and at the risk of sounding like I'm tooting my own horn I get compliments frequently because of it. I am also working on a third language but making slow progress as I am teaching myself through opera. Italian is very difficult. Then just as you think you got something down you get thrown a curve ball in the form of a dialect. I was reading a wee bit of Romagnolo, at its core Italian, but admixed with likely ancient Gaulish of some sort or other.
  12. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    14 May '13 12:42
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    Perhaps so, but a genius like Borge has to have maintained his Danish at a very high level. I am bilingual and strive mightily to maintain my mother tongue impeccable and at the risk of sounding like I'm tooting my own horn I get compliments frequently because of it. I am also working on a third language but making slow progress as I am teaching myself ...[text shortened]... Romagnolo, at its core Italian, but admixed with likely ancient Gaulish of some sort or other.
    What is your native language? I am boringly monolingual🙂 I can count to ten in Thai though...
  13. 15 May '13 02:52
    My native tongue is Spanish. I learned English in KG, left the US, came back in third grade, stayed through sixth grade then rest of my education was in Spanish. I had to labor mightily to not lose my English skills and maintain them at an educated level. I am teaching myself Italian with very slow steps, understand a smattering of German and can read reasonably well in Latin, although I don't speak Latin. Nothing wrong with monolinguality.
  14. Standard member Grampy Bobby
    Boston Lad
    15 May '13 09:28
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo

    The man was a brilliant pianist in his own right and a brilliant musical humorist! Thanks for posting. One of my favorites pieces played deftly!
    My sentiments, exactly!
  15. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    15 May '13 16:08
    Originally posted by scacchipazzo
    My native tongue is Spanish. I learned English in KG, left the US, came back in third grade, stayed through sixth grade then rest of my education was in Spanish. I had to labor mightily to not lose my English skills and maintain them at an educated level. I am teaching myself Italian with very slow steps, understand a smattering of German and can read reasonably well in Latin, although I don't speak Latin. Nothing wrong with monolinguality.
    Where do you live now?