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Wednesday, September 21st

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 6 in D major for Unaccompanied Cello; Enrico Dindo

Tuesday, September 20th

serendipity

This I just bumped into this morning.

What would we do if we could never hear anything new?

Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994), Livre pour orchestre (1968)
RTVE Symphony Orchestra (Gunther Herbic, cond.), live


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art beat: other day, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)

Stuart Davis (1892-1964), The Paris Bit, 1959 (Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, through 9/25/16)

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Tuesday, September 13th

Sometimes, in the middle of the night, if sleep leaves and doesn’t return, I’ll put one of these on repeat, softly.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and String Quartet (1985); Aki Takahashi and Kronos Quartet, 1993


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John Luther Adams (1953-), The Farthest Place (2001), 2002


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random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Tuesday, September 6th

This I could listen to all day.

John Cage (1912-1992), Dream (1948)
Anton Batagov (1965-, piano), live, Moscow, 2014


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

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), Pines and Rocks, c. 1897

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Monday, September 5th

Why not start the week with something slow, spare, spacious?

Ann Southam (1937-2010), Simple Lines of Enquiry (2008); R. Andrew Lee (piano), live, Kansas City, Mo., 2012


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random sights

yesterday, New York (Central Park)

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Thursday, August 25th

more

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor
Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997), live, Moscow, 1975

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lagniappe

reading table

Here in my house
a square of light—
moon through the window

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

Wednesday, August 24th

more

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major (“Waldstein”); Daniel Barenboim (piano), live, Berlin, 2005

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reading table

Moon woke me up
nine times
—still just 4 a.m.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

Tuesday, August 23rd

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor
Jonathan Biss, live, New York, 2011


One of the things I admire about this performance is its immediacy: it feels not like recitation but spontaneous utterance.

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reading table

One insect
asleep on a leaf
can change your life

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

 

Saturday, August 20th

Close your eyes.

Listen—just listen.

If you don’t have time for this, what do you have time for?

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), From me flows what you call Time (1990); La Jolla Symphony (Steven Schick, cond.), live, San Diego, 2008

 

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reading table

Come, see
real flowers
of this painful world.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto

Saturday, August 13th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Morton Feldman (1926-1987), For Philip Guston (1984), excerpt; Claire Chase (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Steven Schick (percussion), Sarah Rothenberg (piano, celesta), live, Houston (Rothko Chapel), 2014

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