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Wednesday, October 5th

never enough

Sometimes, as happened yesterday when I stumbled upon this, music increases the amount of available oxygen.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, excerpt (Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp major); Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord), published 10/4/22

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reading table

We are here to listen.

—W. S. Graham (1918-1986), from “The Greenock Dialogues”

Tuesday, September 20th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue); Netherlands Bach Society, published 9/15/22

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, September 14th

alone

No matter how often I hear these tiny pieces, no matter how many pianists I hear play them, they remain perpetually fresh.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Preludes, Op. 28 (1835-1839); Seong-Jin Cho (1994-, piano), live, 2017

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art beat: more

William Klein (1926–2022), Candy Store, Amsterdam Avenue, New York, 1955

420

Tuesday, September 6th

timeless

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano (op. 11, 1914); Dmitri Atapine (cello), Hyeyeon Park (piano), 2014, California (Atherton)

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, August 16th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major; Paolo Bonomini (1989-, cello), live, Italy (Brescia), published 2/16/22

Wednesday, August 3rd

alone in Ukraine

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Klavierstück (1925); Antonii Baryshevskyi (1988-, piano), live, Kyiv (Ukraine), 2017

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random sights

other day, outside Chicago

Saturday, July 30th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Ricercar a 6 (from The Musical Offering), arranged for chamber orchestra by Anton Webern (1883-1945); Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orcestra (Antonello Manacorda, cond.), live, Frankfurt (Germany), 2015

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), L’Estaque with Red Roofs (1883-85), detail (Cezanne—The Artist’s Artist, through 9/5/22)

Tuesday, July 12th

another take

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Goldberg Variations, excerpt (Aria); Peter Serkin (1947-2020, piano), live, Japan (Hiroshima), 2017

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reading table

A butterfly
flutters past—my body feels
the dust of ages

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

Monday, July 11th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Goldberg Variations; Evgeni Koroliov (1949-, piano), live, Germany (Leipzig), 2008

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, July 7th

alone

György Ligeti (1923-2006), Étude No. 13 (L’escalier du diable / The Devil’s Staircase); Pierre-Laurent Aimard (1957-, piano), 2017

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill. (Oak Park Conservatory)

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