Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903); Sacconi Quartet, live, London, 2015
The snow is melting
and the village is flooded
—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by Robert Haas)
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
the horse stumbles
in the winter wind.
—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)
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)
art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Head of Sorrow, 1882 (Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller, through March 4th)
They’re playing at the University of Chicago—Bartok and Ligeti.
Wolfgang Rihm (1952-), String Quartet No. 13
Arditti Quartet, live, London, 2012
Danish String Quartet, “Shine You No More” (R. T. Sørensen), Last Leaf (2017)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A major; Hagen Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live
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.)