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Monday, March 26th

How many composers do so much with so little?

Anton Webern, Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, op. 11 (1914); Juliane Trémoulet (cello), Vincent Planès (piano), live, France (Pau), 2016

 

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random thoughts

The door is never locked.

Saturday, March 24th

timeless

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Variations, op. 27 (1936); Vincent Planès (piano), live, France (Pau), 2016

 

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Moon, plum blossoms,
this, that,
and the day goes.

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

Monday, March 5th

tomorrow night in Chicago

He’ll be performing at the University of Chicago, playing Ligeti (including this) and Beethoven (Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major [Hammerklavier]).

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano) playing György Ligeti (1923-2006), Étude No. 13: L’escalier du diable/The Devil’s Staircase, 2016

 

Tuesday, February 27th

trumpet festival
day two

Marcos Balter (1974-), Landscape of Fear (2015); Ryan Muncy (soprano saxophone) & Peter Evans (piccolo trumpet), live, New York, 2017

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, February 19th

In a country that continues to coarsen, delicacy grows ever more precious.

John Luther Adams (1953-), there is no one, not even the wind (2017); Emerald City Music, live (world premiere), Seattle, 9/15/17

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, February 10th

more

Does any pianist play Mozart with more verve?

Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000) playing Mozart (Sonata in D major [K 311], Sonata in F major [K 332]), Germany (Munich), 1991

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Fruits of the Midi, 1881

Thursday, February 8th

another take

Once I enter this world I never want to leave.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and String Quartet (1985); Musica Nova Consort, live, Israel (Tel Aviv), 2017

 

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Going home,
the horse stumbles
in the winter wind.

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

Saturday, February 3rd

You can listen, on NPR, CNN, XYZ, to today’s noise (Trump: “This is an American disgrace!”), or you can listen to this—your call.

Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000) playing Mozart (Sonata in F major [K 332], Fantasy in C minor [K 475], Sonata in C minor [K 457]), Germany (Munich), 1990

 

Saturday, January 27th

Last night, like many other nights, this kept me company, on repeat, as I slept.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and String Quartet (1985); Kronos Quartet with Aki Takahashi (piano)

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Head of Sorrow, 1882 (Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller, through March 4th)

Thursday, January 25th

never enough

If I could play like this, I’d never stand up.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, Prelude; Eva Lymenstull (baroque cello), 2017

 

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I like this story from the N.Y. Times—a composition by a child in the third grade: ‘I told my little brother that when you die you cannot breathe and he did not say a word. He just kept on playing.’

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), Letter to Robert Lowell, September 8, 1948

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