Contributor Post Created with Sketch. And Now for Something Totally Different


unnamedYesterday afternoon at Stanford, we recorded an episode of Uncommon Knowledge with former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and her piano teacher, George Barth, a professor of music at the university. I asked Condi and George if classical music still matters. They spent the next 45 minutes proving that it does.

No politics. Just music. Bliss.

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  1. Paul A. Rahe Contributor

    Wonderful! I met Rice last year as she was leaving George’s office.

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    • July 14, 2015, at 7:11 AM PDT
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  2. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor

    What’d they play?

    • #2
    • July 14, 2015, at 7:17 AM PDT
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  3. Midget Faded Rattlesnake Contributor

    Completely different, Peter ;-)

    • #3
    • July 14, 2015, at 7:24 AM PDT
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  4. Manny Member

    Is it me? The link is not taking me to the Condi video. Would love to hear it.

    • #4
    • July 14, 2015, at 7:27 AM PDT
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  5. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Tom Meyer, Ed.:What’d they play?

    It looks like a piano.

    • #5
    • July 14, 2015, at 7:44 AM PDT
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  6. Ball Diamond Ball Inactive

    PR: “Okay.  Last coda.”

    • #6
    • July 14, 2015, at 8:12 AM PDT
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  7. Blue Yeti Admin

    @Manny The video is not posted yet. We’ll put up a teaser video in the next 24 hours.

    • #7
    • July 14, 2015, at 8:38 AM PDT
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  8. Peter Robinson Founder
    Peter Robinson

    What’d they play? Schumann’s Concerto in A-minor (George played the orchestral part) and Beethoven’s “Spring Sonata” for violin and piano (George played the violin part). And they let us tape them working together–stopping, asking each other questions, making suggestions, trying various passages different ways. Just fascinating.

    As Blue Yeti explained, we don’t have the show up yet–it’ll take a few days to get it put together on the editing machine–but we’ll put up at least an excerpt or two just as soon as we can.

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    • July 14, 2015, at 8:54 AM PDT
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  9. Hammer, The Member

    As a violinist, I’m partial to the violin, and what may be the best violin pieces ever written:

    But if I’m going to listen to piano (which I also love), I’ll go with the Hungarian stuff:

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    • July 14, 2015, at 9:30 AM PDT
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  10. Neil Hansen (Klaatu) Inactive

    What a wonderful lady.

    If this were a just world, her life (and that of Justice Thomas) would serve as inspiration to every poor, black child in the US.

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    • July 14, 2015, at 9:35 AM PDT
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  11. Ball Diamond Ball Inactive

    Klaatu:What a wonderful lady.

    If this were a just world, her life (and that of Justice Thomas) would serve as inspiration to every poor, black child in the US.

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    • July 14, 2015, at 9:36 AM PDT
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  12. GirlWithAPearl Inactive

    What a perfect day to drown in beautiful music. Hurry up and post the video, please!

    Meantime, two things.

    1. Has everyone seen the video duet of Condi and Jenny Oaks Baker performing Amazing Grace? It is a stunning arrangement, though you might be tempted to think the song has been overdone. Careful… on a day like today it could cause spontaneous tears.

    I love Condi’s face, it speaks for me:



    2. ClassicFM out of London – yeah!

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    • July 14, 2015, at 9:42 AM PDT
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  13. Manny Member

    Blue and Peter, thanks. I’ll look for it.

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    • July 14, 2015, at 10:05 AM PDT
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  14. carcat74 Member

    This lady could give lessons in CLASS to MO, & HRC, not that they’d ever be able to learn it in a million years. This is TALENT!

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    • July 14, 2015, at 10:13 AM PDT
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  15. Blue Yeti Admin

    Here’s some brief footage I shot with my phone while we were setting up and Condi and George were rehearsing. Again, this was shot on my phone (hence the talking in the background). The actual footage from the show is much better.

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    • July 14, 2015, at 4:03 PM PDT
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