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Saturday, October 16th

timeless

When I find myself in the mood for his sound-world, nothing else will do.

Anton Webern (1883-1945), String Quartet (Op. 28, 1937-38); Psappha Ensemble (Benedict Holland and Sophie Rosa, violins; Vicci Wardman, viola; Jennifer Langridge, cello), live, England (Manchester), 2019

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Whenever I sleep
with my socks on
I have bad dreams

—Yosa Buson (1716-1783), translated from the Japanese by W.S. Merwin and Takako Lento

Tuesday, October 5th

tonight in Chicago

They’re performing at the Harris Theater.

Nathalie Joachim (vocals, flute, electronics), Spektral Quartet, recorded Haitian children’s choir: “Suite pou Dantan: Prelid,” 2019 (Fanm d’Ayiti [Women of Haiti])

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, October 2nd

timeless

One-word review: Wow!

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), String Quartet in G minor (1893), 3rd Mvt.; Quatuor Ebène, live (90th birthday celebration for pianist Menahem Pressler [1923-]), Paris, 2013

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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

A string of wild geese
wind-strewn
through the sky
their cries echoing
confused and scattered

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Thursday, September 9th

like nothing else

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Enigma (2019); Spektral Quartet (Clara Lyon [violin], Maeve Feinberg [violin], Doyle Armbrust [viola], Russell Rolen [cello]), 2021

Movt. I

Movt. II

Movt. III

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reading table

When I consider
how in this world
all is falling blossom—
what then must become
of this self?

—Saigyō (1118-1190), translated from the Japanese by Meredith McKinney

Saturday, August 14th

like nobody else

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Structures (1951); Arditti Quartet, 2016

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Thursday, May 27th

what’s new

Don Li (1971-), “Different Zones”; Jojo Mayer (drums, voice), JACK Quartet, published 5/13/21

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, April 1st

sounds of Chicago

Spektral Quartet (Clara Lyon [violin], Maeve Feinberg [violin], Doyle Armbrust [viola], Russell Rolen [cello]), live, Chicago (University of Chicago), 2018: Béla Bartók (1881-1945), String Quartet No. 1 in A minor (1909)

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, March 16th

Another take on piano and strings.

Alfred Schnittke (1934-98), Piano Quintet (1972-76), live (Katya Apekisheva, piano; Boris Brovtsyn, Julia-Maria Kretz, violins; Amihai Grosz, viola; Torleif Thedéen, cello), Netherlands (Utrecht), 2010

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Monday, March 15th

Suppose that, for the rest of your life, you could listen to only one piece of music. What would you choose? For me it might be this.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and String Quartet (1985); Kronos Quartet with Aki Takahashi (piano), 1993

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), Number 17A, 1948 (detail)

Monday, March 8th

More beauty?

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

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

*****

reading table

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

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

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