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Thursday, February 17th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction), live, Paris, 2015: Helmut Lachenmann (1935-), Mouvement (-Vor der Erstarrung), 1984

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A dry riverbed
glimpsed
by lightning.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from the Japanese by Robert Hass

Wednesday, December 22nd

sounds of Paris

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Intégrales (1923); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Tito Ceccherini, direction), live, Paris, 2015

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random sights

other day, Chicago

Tuesday, July 6th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Léo Margue, cond.), live, Paris, 1/27/21: Matthew Monaco (1997-), Scaling

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random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Dean Nature Sanctuary, Oak Brook)

Wednesday, June 2nd

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 6/9/20: Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time, excerpt); Charles Ives (1874-1954), The Unanswered Question

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other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Monday, April 26th

sounds of Paris and Moscow

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Dylan Corlay, direction), live, Moscow (Tchaikovsky Concert Hall), 11/19/20: Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), Dérive 1; Bruno Mantovani (1974-), Chamber Concerto No. 2

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yesterday, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

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Light was on its way
from nothing
to nowhere.

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How could speed take shape?

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God is encrypting his account.

—Rae Armantrout (1947-), from “Accounts”

Wednesday, April 14th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Pierre Bleuse, direction), live, Paris, 2/16/20: David Bastien, Urban Song (2019)

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random sights

other day, Chicago

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Insisting that change defined our world, Heraclitus concluded that we cannot step into the same river twice. Yet the novel coronavirus has taught us a newer truth: we cannot step into the same river even once.

—Robert Zaretsky, The Subervise Simone Weil: A Life in Five Ideas (2021), preface

Monday, March 29th

timeless

Anton Webern (1883-1945), Five Pieces for orchestra, op. 10 (1911-13); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction), live, Paris, 2018

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yesterday, Chicago

Saturday, March 13th

sounds of Paris

Ensemble Intercontemporain (Matthias Pintscher, direction), live, Paris, 11/14/20: Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Octandre (1924); Marko Nikodijevic (1980-), music box/selbstportrait mit ligeti und strawinsky (und messiaen ist auch dabei) (2003/rev. 2006)

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random sights

this morning, outside Chicago (Salt Creek Trail)

Tuesday, February 16th

sounds of Paris

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), And then I knew ’twas Wind (1992); Ensemble Intercontemporain, live, Paris, 2017

 

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this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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Like Rain it sounded till it curved
And then we knew “twas Wind –
It walked as wet as any Wave
But swept as dry as Sand –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 276 (Franklin)

Thursday, February 11th

sounds of Paris

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965), Ionisation (1931); Ensemble Intercontemporain (Susanna Mälkki, direction), live, Paris, 2012

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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In the mountain’s shadow
my grass hut’s
so cold
I’ll be up burning firewood
all night long

—Ryokan (1758-1831), translated from Japanese by Burton Watson

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