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Tag: Anton Webern

Thursday, January 28th


Anton Webern, Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano (op. 11, 1914); Jacob Szekely (cello), Maksim Velichkin (piano), 2020




random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, October 22nd


Anton Webern (1883-1945), Variations, op. 27 (1936); Maurizio Pollini (1942-, piano), live, Paris, 2002




random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.


found words

Nobody’s “fine.”

—Governor Andrew Cuomo, yesterday’s press briefing on the pandemic

Wednesday, July 25th

string quartets
day three

Anton Webern, 1883-1945

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



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




random sights

this morning, Monhegan Island, Maine

Thursday, May 24th

day three

Anton Webern (1883-1945), String Trio, Op. 20 (1927)
Goeyvaerts String Trio, live

Part 1



Part 2




musical thoughts

Difficult? Life is difficult. Not music.


random sights

other night, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, March 26th

How many composers do so much with so little?

Anton Webern, Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, op. 11 (1914); Juliane Trémoulet (cello), Vincent Planès (piano), live, France (Pau), 2016




random thoughts

The door is never locked.

Saturday, March 24th


Anton Webern (1883-1945), Variations, op. 27 (1936); Vincent Planès (piano), live, France (Pau), 2016




reading table

Moon, plum blossoms,
this, that,
and the day goes.

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

Wednesday, January 17th

Astonishing performance.

Astonishing piece.

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Variations, op. 27 (1936)
Glenn Gould (1932-1982), piano




reading table

What Miracles the News is!
Not Bismark but ourselves.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), Letter 354

Thursday, June 23rd

Music offers what airlines don’t—time travel.

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Langsamer Satz (1905)
Faust Quartet



art beat

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)



Wednesday, April 9th


Clarity, mystery: they often act like strangers—not here.

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Variations for Piano, Op. 27 (1936)
Andy Costello (piano), live

Sunday, 4/29/12

Let’s go to church.

“Until I Die,” Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2001



reading table

On the Death of Friends in Childhood

We shall not ever meet them bearded in heaven,
Nor sunning themselves among the bald of hell;
If anywhere, in the deserted schoolyard at twilight,
Forming a ring, perhaps, or joining hands
In games whose very names we have forgotten.
Come, memory, let us seek them there in the shadows.

—Donald Justice (Collected Poems, 2004)


“[We find] it impossible, when we have to analyze death, to imagine it in terms other than those of life.”

—Marcel Proust, The Fugitive (translated from French by Peter Collier)


listening room: (some of) what’s playing

• The Dirtbombs, Ultraglide In Black (In the Red Records)

Wild Flag (Merge Records)

• That’s What They Want: The Best of Jerry McCain (Excello)

The Best of Slim Harpo (Hip-O)

• Ambrose Akinmusire, When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)

• Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, I Only Have Eyes For You (ECM)

• Anthony Braxton, 9 Compositions (Iridium)

• Chicago Tentet, American Landscapes 1 & 2 (Okka)

• Steve Lehman Octet, Travail, Transformation, and Flow (Pi Recordings)

• Joe McPhee, Nation Time (Unheard Music Series)

• Weasel Walter, Mary Halvorson, Peter Evans, Electric Fruit (Thirsty Ear)

• J. Berg’s Royal Rarities Vols. 2-3; A Cappella Archives, Vol. 3; Gospel Goldies, Vol. 2 (Rare Gospel)

• The Fisk Jubilee Quartet, There Breathes A Hope (Archeophone)

This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel On 45 RPM 1957-1982 (Tompkins Square)

• Bach, Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, Pierre Fournier, (Archiv Production/DG)

• Mozart, Piano Sonatas Nos. 16 and 17, Peter Serkin, piano (Pro Arte)

• Arnold Schoenberg, Das Klavierwerk, Peter Serkin, piano (Arcana)

The Art of Joseph Szigeti (Biddulph Recordings)

• Anton Webern, Five Movements For String Quartet, Op. 5; Six Bagatelles For String Quartet, Op. 9; String Quartet, Op. 28; Quartetto Italiano (Philips)

• Anton Webern, Complete Works for String Quartet and String Trio, Artis Quartet Wien (Nimbus)

Music of Stefan Wolpe, Vol. 6, David Holzman, piano (Bridge)

• WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University)

Bird Flight (Phil Schaap, jazz [Charlie Parker])
Traditions in Swing (Phil Schaap, jazz)
Eastern Standard Time (Carter Van Pelt, Jamaican music)
Rag Aur Taal (various, Indian)


Mudd Up! (DJ/Rupture“new bass and beats”)
Sinner’s Crossroads 
(Kevin Nutt, gospel)
Cherry Blossom Clinic (Terre T, rock, etc.)
Fool’s Paradise (Rex; “Vintage rockabilly, R & B, blues, vocal groups, garage, instrumentals, hillbilly, soul and surf”)

• WHPK-FM (broadcasting from University of Chicago)

The Blues Excursion (Arkansas Red)



Happy Birthday, Duke!

All Ellington, all day: WKCR-FM.

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