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Saturday, October 6th

My kind of “genius.”

Vijay Gupta, violinist, educator, social-justice advocate, 2018 MacArthur Fellow, talking and playing

 

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musical thoughts

Filled with music, we’re free of all else.

Thursday, May 24th

3n
day three

Anton Webern (1883-1945), String Trio, Op. 20 (1927)
Goeyvaerts String Trio, live

Part 1

 

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Part 2

 

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musical thoughts

Difficult? Life is difficult. Not music.

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random sights

other night, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, April 12th

basement jukebox

Syl Johnson, “Take Me to the River” (Al Green, Mabon “Teenie” Hodges, writers; Willie Mitchell, producer), 1975

 

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musical thoughts

I am waiting, patiently, for the United States Postal Service to issue a Forever stamp honoring Willie Mitchell. Nobody—nobody—has produced better records.

Wednesday, March 28th

“The Past” (composition for film, accordion, soprano saxophone/electronics), Molly Jones (composition, soprano saxophone, electronics), Borey Shinn (accordion), Irvine, Calif., 2016

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musical thoughts

In the future multimedia performances will be so common that the term “multimedia” will fall out of use.

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 16th

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Hear In Now (Mazz Swift, violin; Tomeka Reid, cello; Silvia Bolognesi, bass), “Requiem for Charlie Haden” (S. Bolognesi), live, Italy (Basilica di San Silvestro, Trieste), 2015

 

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musical thoughts

Which is more important: what we listen to—or how?

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, October 2nd

Skip James (1902-1969), “Devil Got My Woman,” 1931

 

Sometimes I think this song defines the limits of what is humanly possible. Sometimes I think it exceeds them.

—Michael Robbins, Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music (2017)

Monday, August 21st

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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?

Thursday, June 1st

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A major; Hagen Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live

1st movt.


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2nd movt.


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3rd movt.


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4th movt.


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musical thoughts

Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Wednesday, May 31st

two takes

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Sonata No. 13 in B-flat major

Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live


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Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989), live


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Whenever life begins to crush me, I know I can rely on Bandol, garlic, and Mozart.

—Jim Harrison (1937-2016), A Really Big Lunch (2017)

 

Tuesday, May 30th

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Anna Clyne (1980-), Within Her Arms (2008-2009)
Metropolis Ensemble (Andrew Cyr, cond.), live, New York, 2010

 

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langiappe

musical thoughts

Never underestimate the power of music: the right sounds, heard at the right time, can change your life.

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