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Monday, January 13th

What not start the week with something small, mournful, beautiful?

Komitas (AKA Soghomon Soghomonian, 1869-1935), Krunk (The Crane); Sergey Khachatryan (1985-, violin), live, France (Toulouse), 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, January 7th

what’s new

Balún, “Vaivén”, “La Nueva Ciudad”, “El Espanto,” “Punto De Encuentro,” live, Washington, D.C., 12/20/19

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, December 24th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor; Shunske Sato (violin), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), published 10/24/19

 

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radio

One of my favorite musical events begins today: the annual Bachfest on WKCR (Columbia University); all Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve.

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random sights

other day, Chicago (Monadnock Building)

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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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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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, December 19th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor; Shunske Sato (violin), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), published 12/5/19

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, December 12th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Violin Partita No. 3 in E major; Shunske Sato (violin), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), published 11/28/19

 

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random sights

yesterday morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Listen,
how your heart beats inside me.

—Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012, MCOTD Hall of Fame), from “Could Have,” translated from Polish by Stanislav Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh

Monday, December 9th

sounds to get lost in

Jessica Pavone String Ensemble (JP, viola, composition; Joanna Matrey, viola; Erica Dicker, violin; Angela Morris, violin), “Hurtle and Flow,” published 9/4/19

 

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random sights

yesterday morning, I-80 rest stop, Iowa (near Grinnell)

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reading table

‪big rain‬
‪big moon‬
‪cicada in the pine‬

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue

Thursday, November 28th

sounds of New York

Is there any greater joy, as a listener, than being swept away by sounds unlike any you’ve heard before?

Jason Kao Hwang (composer, conductor, violin) and the Spontaneous River Orchestra (Andrew Drury [drums], Ken Filiano [bass], 37 string improvisers), Symphony of Souls, live (studio), New York, 2011

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Tuesday, November 26th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor; Shunske Sato (violin), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), published 10/31/19

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

along the mountain road
somehow it tugs at my heart—
a wild violet

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Makoto Ueda

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