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Tag: Ludwig van Beethoven

Thursday, January 14th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 31; Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997, piano), live, Moscow, 1991

 

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random sights

this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Thursday, January 7th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor; Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997, piano), live, Moscow, 1975

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, July 30th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), from Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major; Igor Levit (1987-, piano), live, Amsterdam, 2013

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random sights

a while ago, Ireland (Dingle Peninsula)

Saturday, February 1st

If you learned you had a month to live, what would you want to listen to? This would be on my list. (Whatever you do, don’t miss the third movement.)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat (Op. 110); Solomon (AKA Solomon Cutner, 1902-1988), piano, 1950s

1st mvt.

 

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2nd mvt.

 

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3rd mvt.

 

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Another take.

Artur Schnabel (1882-1951), piano, 1930s

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Saturday, December 21st

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), String Quartet No. 13, excerpt (Mvt. V, Cavatina), 1826; Guarneri Quartet

 

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musical thoughts

During a fraught 17-day stay in the hospital because of post-surgical infections 10 years ago, Beethoven’s Cavatina furnished the only moments during which I was released from suffering.

—Susan Gubar, “When Music Is the Best Medicine,” New York Times, 9/26/19

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

Saturday, March 25th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor
Daniil Trifonov, live, New York, 2014

 

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art beat

Robert Frank (1924-), View from Hotel Window—Butte, Montana, 1955/56

 

Saturday, March 4th

never enough

This took my breath away—more than once.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Violin Concerto; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Philippe Herreweghe, cond.) with Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), live, 2014

Thursday, October 20th

never enough

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major (“Hammerklavier”); Daniel Barenboim (piano), live, Berlin, 2005


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baseball: Chicago Cubs

After last night’s 10-2 win (following two shut-out losses) over the Dodgers:

When you try to do less, you’re going to have more success.

catcher/outfielder Wilson Contreras

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I’m not a cleanup hitter. I’m just batting fourth.

outfielder/infielder Ben Zobrist

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Nobody is above the game.

outfielder Justin Hayward

Thursday, August 25th

more

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor
Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997), live, Moscow, 1975

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reading table

Here in my house
a square of light—
moon through the window

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

Wednesday, August 24th

more

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major (“Waldstein”); Daniel Barenboim (piano), live, Berlin, 2005

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reading table

Moon woke me up
nine times
—still just 4 a.m.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by David Young

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