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Tag: Emily Dickinson

Monday, September 7th

serendipity

This morning I stumbled upon this after encountering the phrase “the crowded air” in an Emily Dickinson poem (229 [Franklin], “Musicians wrestle everywhere –”) and googling it. The moment it ended, I wanted to hear it again.

Milton Babbitt (1916-2011), The Crowded Air (1988); Boston Modern Orchestra Project, 2013

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

Monday, April 13th

what’s new

Andrea Bocelli (1958-, voice), Music for Hope (“Panis Angelicus” (from “Messe Solennelle” Op. 12, FWV 61), César Franck; “Ave Maria,” CG 89a (arr. from Johann Sebastian Bach, “Prelude” no. 1, BWV 846), Charles-François Gounod; “Sancta Maria” (arr. from “Cavalleria Rusticana”, Intermezzo), Pietro Mascagni; “Domine Deus” (from “Petite Messe Solennelle”), Gioachino Antonio Rossini; “Amazing Grace,” John Newton), live, Italy (Milan), 4/12/20

 

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random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

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“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 314 (Franklin)

Sunday, February 9th

back to church

“I Have Crossed That Separating Line,” Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Chester, S.C., 2001

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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I shall keep singing!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 270 (Franklin)

Monday, September 2nd

string quartet festival
day one

A couple years ago I heard the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet play this piece at the Museum of Contemporary Art—one of the most memorable musical experiences of my life.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), String Quartet No. 2 (1983); FLUX Quartet, live, London (The Tanks at Tate Modern), 2016

 

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Who has not found the Heaven – below –
Will fail of it above –
For Angels rent the House next ours,
Wherever we remove –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 1609 (Franklin)

Sunday, August 4th

sounds of Chicago

Vernon Oliver Price, “Change My Name,” live (TV show), Chicago, 1972

 

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What function hath the Air?

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 1513 (Franklin)

Wednesday, July 31st

Tenor saxophone and drums—another take.

Ken Vandermark (tenor saxophone), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), live, Netherlands (Haarlem), 2014

 

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There came a Wind like a Bugle —
It quivered through the Grass
And a Green Chill upon the Heat
So ominous did pass
We barred the Windows and the Doors
As from an Emerald Ghost —
The Doom’s electric Moccasin
That very instant passed —
On a strange Mob of panting Trees
And Fences fled away
And Rivers where the Houses ran
Those looked that lived — that Day —
The Bell within the steeple wild
The flying tidings told —
How much can come
And much can go,
And yet abide the World!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 1618 (Franklin)

Monday, July 8th

Why not begin the week with something new?

Anna Thorvaldsdottir (1977-), Fields
International Contemporary Ensemble, 2018

 

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Wonder – is not precisely knowing
And not precisely knowing not –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 1347 (Franklin)

Saturday, June 22nd

serendipity

This I bumped into last night. One-word review: Wow!

Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012), . . . towards a pure land (2005); Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Matthias Pintscher (direction), live, Paris, 2016

 

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The Earth has many keys –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 895, draft (Franklin)

Tuesday, June 18th

like-nobody-else x 2

Cecil Taylor Trio (CT, 1929-2018, piano; Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone; Sunny Murray, drums) with Albert Ayler (1936-1970, tenor saxophone), “Four,” excerpt (C. Taylor), live, Copenhagen, 1962

 

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A Bomb upon the Ceiling
Is an improving thing –
It keeps the nerves progressive
Conjecture flourishing –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 1150 (Franklin)

Saturday, June 15th

soundtrack to a dream

Clara Iannotta (1983-), The people here go mad. They blame the wind. (2013-14); Uusinta Ensemble and Clara Iannotta (music boxes), live, Helsinki, 2018

 

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The Spirit is the Conscious Ear –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 718 (Franklin)

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