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Monday, April 19th

Why not begin the week, in this battered world, with something beautiful?

John Luther Adams (1953-), Sila: The Breath of the World (2014); Oberlin Conservatory of Music (featuring students from the Brass and Percussion Departments; Timothy Weiss, cond.), live, Oberlin, Ohio, 9/11/20

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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A world of dew,
and within every dewdrop
a world of struggle

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Thursday, April 15th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita for Lute in C minor; Evangelina Mascardi (lute), live, Italy (Mondovi), 2/26/21

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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From every direction
cherry blossom petals blow
into Lake Biwa

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from the Japanese by Sam Hamill

Wednesday, April 14th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Pierre Bleuse, direction), live, Paris, 2/16/20: David Bastien, Urban Song (2019)

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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Insisting that change defined our world, Heraclitus concluded that we cannot step into the same river twice. Yet the novel coronavirus has taught us a newer truth: we cannot step into the same river even once.

—Robert Zaretsky, The Subervise Simone Weil: A Life in Five Ideas (2021), preface

Tuesday, April 6th

more

Spektral Quartet (Clara Lyon [violin], Maeve Feinberg [violin], Doyle Armbrust [viola], Russell Rolen [cello]): Joseph Haydn, The Seven Last Words of Christ, recorded in Chicago (St. James Cathedral), 3/20/21 (performance begins at 4:00)

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, April 1st

sounds of Chicago

Spektral Quartet (Clara Lyon [violin], Maeve Feinberg [violin], Doyle Armbrust [viola], Russell Rolen [cello]), live, Chicago (University of Chicago), 2018: Béla Bartók (1881-1945), String Quartet No. 1 in A minor (1909)

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, March 16th

Another take on piano and strings.

Alfred Schnittke (1934-98), Piano Quintet (1972-76), live (Katya Apekisheva, piano; Boris Brovtsyn, Julia-Maria Kretz, violins; Amihai Grosz, viola; Torleif Thedéen, cello), Netherlands (Utrecht), 2010

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Monday, March 15th

Suppose that, for the rest of your life, you could listen to only one piece of music. What would you choose? For me it might be this.

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

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), Number 17A, 1948 (detail)

Saturday, March 13th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction), live, Paris, 11/14/20: Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Octandre (1924); Marko Nikodijevic (1980-), music box/selbstportrait mit ligeti und strawinsky (und messiaen ist auch dabei) (2003/rev. 2006)

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random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Thursday, March 11th

like nobody else

Lou Harrison (1917-2003), Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra (1959); Todd Reynolds (violin), Third Coast Percussion, John Corkill (percussion), 2018

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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I’d have to be really quick
to describe clouds—
a split second’s enough
for them to start being something else.

— Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012, MCOTD Hall of Fame), from “Clouds” (translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak)

Monday, March 8th

More beauty?

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903); Sacconi Quartet, live, London, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

The snow is melting
and the village is flooded
with children.

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Haas)

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