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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

 

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lagniappe

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.

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It was a moment, what can I say.

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

Monday, July 17th

sounds of Ireland

Sean Leahy (guitar) & Jeremy Spencer (violin), live, Ireland

“Darley’s” / “Bógan Nua,” 2014

 

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O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, Dingle, 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Ireland (outside Dingle)

Tuesday, June 20th

more

Johann Sebastian Bach, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, mvmts. 1-2 (Adagio, Fugue); Niek Baar, live, Berlin, 2016

 

Monday, June 19th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach, Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, 3rd mvmt. (Largo); Isabelle Faust, live, New York, 2013

 

Thursday, June 1st

more

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A major; Hagen Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live

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

musical thoughts

Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Thursday, May 25th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 2 in D minor
Itzhak Perlman (violin), live, London, 1978


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Bullfinch on a camellia branch

Tuesday, April 18th

sounds of Russia

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, 2010


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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Chicago Botanic Garden)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Thursday, April 13th

old school

Tommy Jarrell (fiddle, vocals), “Cripple Creek,” live, Mt. Airy, N.C., 1983

Wednesday, April 5th

Another take.

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

1st movt.

2nd movt.

3rd movt.

4th movt.

Tuesday, April 4th

Sometimes I just want to be swept away.

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), String Quartet in F major (1903), 1st Mvt.
Takács Quartet, live, New York, 2017

 

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lagniappe

reading table

cloud becomes a mountain
becomes
a cloud

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

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