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Category: Paris

Monday, May 10th

sounds of Paris

Why not begin the week with something unlike anything else?

Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris and Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction; Paul Fitzsimon, direction; Bruno Mantovani, direction), live, Paris, 2016: Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), Gruppen for three orchestras (1955-1957)

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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Claude Monet, 1840-1926, Luncheon under the Tent, Giverny, c. 1883-86, detail (Monet in Chicago, through 6/14/21)

Monday, April 26th

sounds of Paris and Moscow

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Dylan Corlay, direction), live, Moscow (Tchaikovsky Concert Hall), 11/19/20: Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), Dérive 1; Bruno Mantovani (1974-), Chamber Concerto No. 2

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

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reading table

Light was on its way
from nothing
to nowhere.

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How could speed take shape?

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God is encrypting his account.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Accounts”

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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reading table

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

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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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Tuesday, February 16th

sounds of Paris

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), And then I knew ’twas Wind (1992); Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Like Rain it sounded till it curved
And then we knew “twas Wind –
It walked as wet as any Wave
But swept as dry as Sand –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 276 (Franklin)

Thursday, February 11th

sounds of Paris

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Ionisation (1931); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Susanna Mälkki, direction), live, Paris, 2012

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

*****

reading table

In the mountain’s shadow
my grass hut’s
so cold
I’ll be up burning firewood
all night long

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

Friday, February 5th

what’s new

Lous and the Yakuza, live, Paris, published 1/27/2021

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

The problem with being alone is that one never is: you’ve always got yourself to contend with.

—Alex Clark, Times Literary Supplement (“A singular traveller: Patricia Highsmith at 100”), 1/22/21

Saturday, November 21st

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György Ligeti (1923-2006), excerpts from Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Hamburg Concerto for Solo Horn and Chamber Orchestra, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra;  Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2019

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Wednesday, November 11th

two takes

“Crepuscule with Nellie” (T. Monk)

Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), live, Baltimore, 11/6/20

 

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Thelonious Monk (piano), live, Paris, 1969

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Tuesday, November 10th

more

Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988), Anahit (1965); Ensemble Intercontemporain (feat. Diego Tosi [violin]; Matthias Pintscher, cond.) , live, Paris, 2014

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

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