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Wednesday, April 1st

His sound-world, full of foreboding, I return to, gratefully, in dark times.

Bela Bartok (1881-1945), String Quartet No. 4 (1928); Quatuor Ebène, live, France (Wissembourg), 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, March 2nd

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903); Hagen Quartet, live, Austria (Salzburg), 2000

1st movt.

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2nd movt.

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3rd movt.

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4th movt.

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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Untitled (watercolor), c. 1915

Monday, December 23rd

Why not begin the week with something that will take you somewhere you haven’t been before?

Philippe Manoury (1952-), Melencolia (third string quartet), 2012; Arditti Quartet

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 21st

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet No. 13, excerpt (Mvt. V, Cavatina), 1826; Guarneri Quartet

 

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lagniappe

musical thoughts

During a fraught 17-day stay in the hospital because of post-surgical infections 10 years ago, Beethoven’s Cavatina furnished the only moments during which I was released from suffering.

—Susan Gubar, “When Music Is the Best Medicine,” New York Times, 9/26/19

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Thursday, November 21st

One-word review: Wow!

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), String Quartet No. 3, 1st movt.; Danish String Quartet, live (studio), Seattle, 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, November 12th

sounds of Haiti and Chicago

Nathalie Joachim (vocals, electronics) with Spektral Quartet, “Papa Loco” (trad.), live (studio), New York, published 10/29/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

She cries. Oh no. Oh no no no.

—Eimear McBride, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing

Thursday, October 31st

never enough

Bela Bartok (1881-1945), String Quartet No. 4 in C major (1928); Quatuor Ebène, live, France (Wissembourg), 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

Domestic as
an empty shopping cart
parked on a ledge
above a freeway.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Hang On” (New Yorker, 10/21/19)

Monday, October 21st

Why not begin the week with something new?

Nathalie Joachim (vocals, flute, electronics) with the Spektral Quartet and a Haitian children’s choir (recorded), “Suite pou Dantan: Prelid” (Fanm d’Ayiti [Women of Haiti]), 10/8/19

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Wednesday, September 4th

string quartet festival
day three

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903); Hagen Quartet, live, Austria (Salzburg), 2000

1st movt.

2nd movt.

3rd movt.

4th movt.

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, September 3rd

string quartet festival
day two

Elliott Carter (1908-2012), String Quartet No. 5 (1995); Pacifica Quartet, live, Tokyo, 2004

 

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lagniappe

reading table

The book itself is sort of a perfect metaphor for a human being. It’s got a front and a back, it’s got a spine, and it’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

—Chris Ware

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