Comment: Rachmaninoff And Lamar Smith
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff, noted music composer, who escaped communist Russia after the putsch of 1917, was an immigrant to the United States, where until his death in 1943, he was widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day. While he missed Russia, he, like most immigrants, was undoubtedly grateful at finding refuge here. In turn, he brought value to millions of Americans, as did (and do) other immigrants, albeit in their own humbler way. Most anti-immigrationists today, and also of Rachmaninoff’s day, believe immigrants to be unpatriotic. While this is just our hypothesis, we believe this was part of the reason that Mr. Rachmaninoff interpreted our country’s national anthem in a composition that he himself played to audiences across the US. Due to the miracles of modern and not-so-modern technology (see below), we have the rare pleasure of hearing Rachmaninoff’s own performance of the Star Spangled Banner on Youtube, see link below.
Technical Note: A special technology of more than 100 years ago called "player piano" permitted recording an actual performance through a perforated “piano roll” of paper (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reproducing_piano for more; the specific company which recorded Rachmaninoff’s performance was the Ampico company).
The following Youtube performance is not just Rachmaninoff’s own, seeing the piano keys rise and fall (as if by themselves) permits us to imagine the great composer at the keyboard. Just 1 min, 26 sec in length, it is a unique experience, one we recommend to our readers. For those who support immigration, we invite them to enjoy the performance, for those who are against immigration, we say: put this in your pipe and smoke it. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbuFNLBp5FU
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