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Saturday, September 23rd

mesmerizing

Enno Poppe (1969-), Stoff (2015); Ensemble Dal Niente (Enno Poppe, guest cond.), live, Chicago, 2016

 

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lagniappe

found words

I’m above the soil—and I love it.

—Neighbor’s response this morning when I asked how he was doing.

Thursday, September 21st

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
András Schiff (piano), live, London, 9/7/17

 

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reading table

Cold night: the wild duck,
sick, falls from the sky
and sleeps awhile.

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

Thursday, September 14th

more

Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Petals (1988; cello and electronics); Imke Frank (cello) and Gary Berger (live electronics), live, Switzerland (Winterthur), 2011

 

Wednesday, September 13th

another take

John Luther Adams (1953-), The Light Within (2007); Late Music Ensemble, live, England (York), 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, September 9th

Need a break from listening to yourself?

Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Nocturne for solo violin (1994)
Alexi Kenney (violin), live, New York, 2016

 

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reading table

John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

Whatever we’re dealing with catches us
in mid-reconsideration. It’s beautiful,
my lord, just not made to be repeated,
that’s all.

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It was a moment, what can I say.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “A Breakfast Radish,” “Domani, Dopodomani” (fragments), Breezeway (2015)

Thursday, September 7th

another take

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: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Cup Decorated with the Figure of a Bathing Girl, 1887-88 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)

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reading table

John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

What will it all be like in five years’ time
when you try to remember?

—”For John Clare” (fragment)

Wednesday, September 6th

one of the most absorbing pieces I know

Morton Feldman (1927-1986; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Rothko Chapel (1971); Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2017

 

(Rothko Chapel, located in Houston, reportedly was not damaged by Harvey.)

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John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

. . . as though wondering
whether forgetting
The whole thing might not, in the end, be the only solution.

—Soonest Mended (fragment)

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, September 5th

soundtrack to a dream

John Luther Adams (1953-), The Light Within (2007); Faculty & Fellows, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Mass., 2016

 

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reading table

John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

The bad news is the ship hasn’t arrived;
the good news is it hasn’t left yet.

—He Who Loves And Runs Away (fragment; Planisphere, 2009)

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random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Thursday, August 24th

never enough

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude No. 15 in D flat major (“Raindrop”); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), piano

 

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reading table

dragonfly—
flying two feet,
then two feet more

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Monday, August 21st

more

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), In the Light of Air (2013/2014); International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), live, New York, 2014

 

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musical thoughts

Suppose that, for the rest of your listening life, you had two options. One: You could only listen to things you’d never heard before. Two: You could never listen to anything new. Which would you choose?

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