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Tag: Kaija Saariaho

Monday, August 20th


Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Cloud Trio (2009); Chartreuse (Myra Hinrichs, violin; Carrie Frey, viola; Helen Newby, cello), live, Los Angeles, 2016




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Walking in Mountains in the Rain
by Wang Wei, 699-759 (translated from Chinese by David Young,
Five T’ang Poets, 1990)

In this quick cloudburst
air thickens, the sky comes down

dark mountains
flashes of lightning

out at sea new clouds
have just started to form
and this small brook I straddle
is a river in flood somewhere

rags and blankets of mist
hang on these slopes and cliffs

then the clouds open and vanish
rain patters off
and moonlight silvers
that whole reach of river
foothills to ocean

and even from this black mountain
I can hear boatmen singing.

Saturday, August 18th


Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Light and Matter (2014); Longleash (Pala Garcia, violin; John Popham, cello; Renate Rohlfing, piano), live, New York, 2017




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Dust is the only secret.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 166 (Franklin)

Thursday, June 7th

viola festival
day three

Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Vent Nocturne, for viola and electronics (2006)
Jeremy Bauman (viola), live, Toronto, 2012




random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, September 14th


Kaija Saariaho (1952-), Petals (1988; cello and electronics); Imke Frank (cello) and Gary Berger (live electronics), live, Switzerland (Winterthur), 2011


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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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)

Tuesday, 9/18/12

Kaija Saariaho, Fall (1991, from the ballet Maa); Nuiko Wadden (harp), Ryan Streber (electronics); Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, Mass.), 2010

One of the joys of having grown children is going out with them to hear live music, as I did the other night, meeting my older son Alex after work at a Chicago art gallery (Corbett vs. Dempsey) for a solo performance by this harpist.

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