music clip of the day


Category: violin

Thursday, February 22nd


Julius Eastman (1940-1990), Stay on It (1973), live, Switchboard Music Festival, San Francisco, 2016*




random thoughts

The paper clip in my desk drawer will outlive me.


*Annie Phillips, bass clarinet; Jeff Anderle, clarinet; Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Alisa Rose, violin; Hannah Addario-Berry, cello; Helen Newby, cello; Dominique Leone, piano;  Mark Clifford, vibraphone; Jordan Glenn, drums.

Monday, February 19th

In a country that continues to coarsen, delicacy grows ever more precious.

John Luther Adams (1953-), there is no one, not even the wind (2017); Emerald City Music, live (world premiere), Seattle, 9/15/17




random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, February 8th

another take

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




reading table

Going home,
the horse stumbles
in the winter wind.

—Yosa Buson, 1716-1784 (translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Friday, December 29th

love it or hate it

Brian Ferneyhough (1943-), String Quartet No. 6 (2010); Arditti Quartet, live, 2010




random sights

yesterday, San Francisco (Lands End)



Saturday, December 16th


Hear In Now (Mazz Swift, violin; Tomeka Reid, cello; Silvia Bolognesi, bass), “Requiem for Charlie Haden” (S. Bolognesi), live, Italy (Basilica di San Silvestro, Trieste), 2015




musical thoughts

Which is more important: what we listen to—or how?


random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, December 7th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin in D minor, excerpt (Sarabande); Hilary Hahn, violin


Wednesday, December 6th

Think you’ve heard it all?

How about a septet with six string players and a drummer?

Tomeka Reid Septet,* “Tokens” (T. Reid), New York, 2017


*TR, cello, composition; Christopher Hoffman, cello; Mazz Swift, violin; Sarah Bernstein, violin; Jason Kao Hwang, viola; Adam Hopkins, bass; Tomas Fujiwara, drums, percussion.

Thursday, October 19th

tomorrow night

They’re playing at the University of Chicago—Bartok and Ligeti.

Wolfgang Rihm (1952-), String Quartet No. 13
Arditti Quartet, live, London, 2012


Friday, September 29th

what’s new

Danish String Quartet, “Shine You No More” (R. T. Sørensen), Last Leaf  (2017)


Saturday, September 9th

Need a break from listening to yourself?

Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Nocturne for solo violin (1994)
Alexi Kenney (violin), live, New York, 2016




reading table

John Ashbery (July 28, 1927-September, 3, 2017)

Whatever we’re dealing with catches us
in mid-reconsideration. It’s beautiful,
my lord, just not made to be repeated,
that’s all.


It was a moment, what can I say.

—John Ashbery (1927-), “A Breakfast Radish,” “Domani, Dopodomani” (fragments), Breezeway (2015)

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