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Month: March, 2020

Tuesday, March 31st

passings

Krzysztof Penderecki, composer, conductor, November 23, 1933-March 29, 2020

Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima (1960), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Krzysztof Urbański, cond.), live, Helsinki, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, March 30th

like nobody else 

How about time-traveling to 1961 Paris?

Blossom Dearie (1924-2009, vocals, piano), “C’est le Printemps” (“It Might as Well Be Spring,” R. Rodgers, O. Hammerstein II; adaptation, J. Sablon), “Plus je t’embrasse” (“Heart of My Heart,” B. Ryan; adaptation, Max François), live, Paris, 1961

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Isa Genzken (1948-), Rose II (2007)

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reading table

The youth walks up to the white horse, to put its halter on
and the horse looks at him in silence.
They are so silent they are in another world.

—D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), “The White Horse”

Sunday, March 29th

sounds of New York

Reverend Gary Davis (1896-1972), “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” live

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

Clear skies ring with the honk of wild geese
On deserted hills, leaves whirl in the wind
Twilight on a smoky village road
Carrying an empty begging bowl and walking home alone

—Ryōkan (1758-1831), translated from classical Chinese by Ryūichi Abé and Peter Haskel

Saturday, March 28th

alone

Mat Maneri (1969-, viola), “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” (trad.), live, Paris, 2020

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

A leaf, one of the last, parts from a maple branch:
it is spinning in the transparent air of October, falls
on a heap of others, stops, fades. No one
admired its entrancing struggle with the wind,
followed its flight, no one will distinguish it now
as it lies among the other leaves, no one saw what I did. I am
the only one.

—Bronisław Maj (1953-), “A Leaf,” translated from Polish by Czesław Miłosz and Robert Hass

Friday, March 27th

sounds of Nashville

Marty Stuart (1958-, vocals, mandolin, guitar), Vince Gill (1957-, vocals, guitar), Brad Paisley (1972-, vocals, guitar), live, Nashville (Grand Ole Opry), 3/21/20

 

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random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Prairie Path, Bellwood)

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reading table

That’s being lonely. Lying here. Head and feet not knowing where they’ve come to.

—Eimear McBride (1976-), A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

Thursday, March 26th

sounds of Buenos Aires

Juana Molina (1961-, compositions, vocals, guitar), live (studio), Seattle, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

A cicada shell;
it sang itself
utterly away.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

Wednesday, March 25th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Morton Feldman (1927-1986, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Rothko Chapel (1971); Markus Creed (cond.), SWR Vokalensemble (Vocal Ensemble), et al., live, Germany (Cathedral of Speyer, Schwetzinger), 2017

 

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art beat: other day, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), The Red Studio (1911), detail

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reading table

Coolness—
the sound of the bell
as it leaves the bell.

—Yosa Buson (1716-1784), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

Tuesday, March 24th

three takes

“Spring Is Here” (R. Rogers, L. Hart), 1938

Audra McDonald (1970-), live

 

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Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), 1958

 

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Bill Evans Trio (BE, 1929-1980, piano; Scott LaFaro, 1936-1961, bass; Paul Motian, 1931-2011, drums), 1959

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

streaming

NPR Music: A List of Live Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Shutdown.”

Monday, March 23rd

like nobody else

His sound-world seems just right for these strange times—beautiful and solemn in equal measure.

Arvo Pärt (1935-), Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (Tõnu Kaljuste, cond.), live (Fratres, 1:30-; Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, 13:49-; Adam’s Lament, 22:10-; Salve Regina, 45:40-; Te Deum, 59:30-), Germany (Hamburg), 2/18/20*

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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*ECM Records founder/producer Manfred Eicher (1943-), who has long championed Pärt’s music, joins the others onstage at the end.

Sunday, March 22nd

back to church

“What I Am,” Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Chester, S.C., 2003

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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streaming

From jazz pianist Fred Hersch:

Mini Concert Every Day

I hope everybody is safe and healthy and will remain that way. This is an unprecedented challenge to everyone on the planet and we all need resilience and resourcefulness going forward.

Starting this Sunday, every day at 1pm EST
I will do a live mini concert of piano music from my home.

You can see and hear the concert here:

https://www.facebook.com/fredherschmusic

Wishing you all strength and much love,

Fred

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