[ RadSafe ] Re: Dr. Atomic

Dimiter Popoff didi at tgi-sci.com
Tue Oct 18 06:53:22 CDT 2005

grotesque as your example is, I would say that there is some nice
music in some of the classic operas and there is definitely a lot of
nice music in Andrew LLoyd Webers "Jesus Christ Superstar".
I have not listened to the example you give, if the music is nice,
I would probably just ignore the nonsese in the text and enjoy
(opera, like songs, is mostly about music to me).
 I definitely would agree that it takes some twisted (or wanna-be twisted)
imagination to come up with the idea of the lyrics like those you have found, though...


Dimiter Popoff               Transgalactic Instruments


>  -------Original Message-------
>  From: Stabin, Michael <michael.g.stabin at Vanderbilt.Edu>
>  Subject: [ RadSafe ] Dr. Atomic
>  Sent: Oct 18 '05 13:50
>  Do you like opera? I sure don't. Here's a snip from a NY Times review of
>  the opera "Dr. Atomic", opening in San Francisco now. I seriously doubt
>  that anyone could make me love hearing this second part below. This will
>  NOT go on the RADAR music page, no way.
>  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>  ------
>  Some of them are natural songs, like the John Donne poem from which J.
>  Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project, got the name
>  Trinity and that he sings with a mixture of pride and dread scrabbling
>  on the desert floor:
>  Batter my heart, three person'd God ....
>  Take me to you, imprison me, for I
>  Except you' enthrall me, never shall be free,
>  Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
>  Others are lines that only an opera singer could make you love, about,
>  say, how the detonators are placed around the bomb's core to compress it
>  to the critical mass necessary to ignite nuclear fission:
>  We surround the plutonium core
>  from thirty two points
>  spaced equally around its surface,
>  the thirty two points
>  are the centers of the
>  twenty triangular faces
>  of an icosahedron
>  interwoven with the
>  twelve pentagonal faces of a dodecahedron.
>  ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>  ------
>  Mike
>  Michael G. Stabin, PhD, CHP
>  Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
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