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Category: string quartet

Thursday, May 3rd

string quartet festival
day three

György Ligeti (1923-2006), String Quartet No. 2 (1968); Arditti Quartet, live (studio), Tokyo, 2018

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lagniappe

random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, May 2nd

string quartet festival
day two

Lawrence Wilde (aka Yuri Boguinia), String Quartet No. 3 (“Wilted Jasmine,” 2016); JACK Quartet, live

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other night, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, May 1st

string quartet festival
day one

Like painting, the string quartet endures. Composers keep finding new colors.

Thomas Adès (1971-), Arcadiana (1994)
Danish String Quartet, live, New York, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, April 24th

More beauty?

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

 

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lagniappe

reading table

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

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

Thursday, February 8th

another take

Once I enter this world I never want to leave.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and String Quartet (1985); Musica Nova Consort, live, Israel (Tel Aviv), 2017

 

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lagniappe

reading table

Going home,
the horse stumbles
in the winter wind.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Saturday, January 27th

Last night, like many other nights, this kept me company, on repeat, as I slept.

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

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Head of Sorrow, 1882 (Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller, through March 4th)

Friday, December 29th

love it or hate it

Brian Ferneyhough (1943-), String Quartet No. 6 (2010); Arditti Quartet, live, 2010

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, San Francisco (Lands End)

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Thursday, October 19th

tomorrow night

They’re playing at the University of Chicago—Bartok and Ligeti.

Wolfgang Rihm (1952-), String Quartet No. 13
Arditti Quartet, live, London, 2012

 

Friday, September 29th

what’s new

Danish String Quartet, “Shine You No More” (R. T. Sørensen), Last Leaf  (2017)

 

Thursday, June 1st

more

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

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lagniappe

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.)

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