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Saturday, August 18th

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Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Light and Matter (2014); Longleash (Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Renate Rohlfing, piano), live, New York, 2017

 

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Dust is the only secret.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 166 (Franklin)

Saturday, August 4th

sounds (and sights) of New York

Critical Response Trio (Jason Kao Hwang, violin; Anders Nilsson, guitar; Michael TA Thompson, drums) & Douglas Dunn + Dancers, live, New York, 2018

 

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random sights

other day, Monhegan Island, Maine

Thursday, August 2nd

mesmerizing

John Luther Adams (1953-), Everything That Rises (2017); JACK Quartet, live, Ojai, Calif., 6/8/18

 

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random sights

other day, Monhegan Island, Maine

Thursday, July26th

string quartets
day four

Helmut Lachenmann (1935-), String Quartet No. 3, “Grido,” excerpt; Mivos Quartet, live, New York, 2012

 

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random sights

this morning, Monhegan Island, Maine

Wednesday, July 25th

string quartets
day three

Anton Webern, 1883-1945

Langsamer Satz (1905), Zorá String Quartet, c. 2014

 

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String Quartet (1938), Quatuor Debussy, c. 2009

 

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this morning, Monhegan Island, Maine

Tuesday, July 24th

string quartets
day two

Dudok Quartet, live, Amsterdam, 2015*

 

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random sights

late yesterday, Monhegan Island, Maine

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*Program notes courtesy of YouTube:

Pérotin – Selection from Viderunt Omnes

Ligeti – String Quartet no. 2:
I. Allegro nervoso
II. Sostenuto, molto calmo

Debussy – Canope from Preludes, livre II

Ligeti – String Quartet no. 2:
III. Come un meccanismo di precisione
IV. Presto furioso, brutale, tumultuoso
V. Allegro con delicatezza

Brahms – Intermezzo in B minor op. 119 no. 1

Monday, July 23rd

string quartets
day one

Bela Bartok (1881-1945), String Quartet No. 3 (1927); Arditti Quartet, live (studio), Tokyo, 2017

 

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random sights

yesterday, Monhegan Island, Maine

Thursday, July 19th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin in D minor, excerpt (Sarabande); Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), live, Vienna, c. 2008

 

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yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, July 9th

mesmerizing

John Luther Adams (1953-), The Farthest Place (2001), Andrew Ferdig (marimba), Kevin Keith (vibraphone), Danica Smith (violin), Andy Sproule (bass), James Wehe (piano), live, Denver, 2017

 

Wednesday, July 4th

violin festival
day three

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Chaconne (Partita No. 2 in D Minor); Ivry Gitlis (violin), live, Tokyo, 1990

 

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reading table

Try to Praise the Mutilated World
by Adam Zagajewski (1945-)
(translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh)

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June’s long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of rosé wine.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You’ve seen the refugees going nowhere,
you’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought to the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
and leaves eddied over the earth’s scars.
Praise the mutilated world
and the gray feather a thrush lost,
and the gentle light that strays and vanishes
and returns.

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