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Monday, June 17th

Thursday in Chicago

He’s playing Bach’s six cello suites in Millennium Park.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor; Yo-Yo Ma, live, London, 2015

 

Saturday, June 15th

soundtrack to a dream

Clara Iannotta (1983-), The people here go mad. They blame the wind. (2013-14); Uusinta Ensemble and Clara Iannotta (music boxes), live, Helsinki, 2018

 

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lagniappe

reading table

The Spirit is the Conscious Ear –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 718 (Franklin)

Thursday, June 13th

more

Tyshawn Sorey (1980-), Nebulae (2018); PRISM Quartet and Tyshawn Sorey (percussion), live, New York, 2018

 

Thursday, May 30th

How about something new?

Close your eyes—listen.

Tyshawn Sorey (1980-), Everything Changes, Nothing Changes (2018); JACK Quartet, live, Banff, Canada, 3/28/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Berwyn, Ill.

Monday, May 6th

soundtrack to a dream

Why not begin the week with something new?

Christopher Trapani (1980-), Writing Against Time (2014); Yarn/Wire, live, New York, 2014

 

Thursday, March 28th

sounds of Chicago

John Cage, Solo for flute, from Concert for Piano (1958); Eric Lamb, flute (International Contemporary Ensemble), Chicago, 2012


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Music is theater for the ear. Take this performance. The phrasing, the interplay between sound and silence—this unfolds like something by Beckett.

Tuesday, March 26th

sounds of Chicago

George Lewis (1952-), String Quartet No. 1.5, “Experiments in Living” (2016); Spektral Quartet, live, New York, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, March 25th

sounds of Chicago

Jürg Frey (1953-), more or less normal, a.pe.ri.od.ic, live, Chicago, 2011

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, February 21st

another take

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude in C-sharp minor (Op. 45); Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (1920-1995), live, Italy (Prato), 1967

 

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

[N]ow Miles [Davis] was relaxed and pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli was sending him into several shades of ecstasy.

‘Listen to those trills!’ Miles ordered.

—1961 interview, The Miles Davis Reader

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, February 16th

Want to be swept away?

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Violin Concerto in D major; Frankfurt Radio Symphony (Paavo Järvi, cond.) with Hilary Hahn (violin), live, Frankfurt, 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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