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Monday, March 15th

Suppose that, for the rest of your life, you could listen to only one piece of music. What would you choose? For me it might be this.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987; MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano and String Quartet (1985); Kronos Quartet with Aki Takahashi (piano), 1993

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), Number 17A, 1948 (detail)

Monday, February 15th

Why not begin the week with one of the most beautiful—and moving—pieces I know?

Morton Feldman (1927-1986, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Rothko Chapel (1971); Markus Creed (cond.), SWR Vokalensemble (Vocal Ensemble), et al., live, Germany (Cathedral of Speyer, Schwetzinger), 2017

 

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Mark Rothko (1903-1970), No. 2 (Blue, Red and Green) (Yellow, Red, Blue on Blue), 1953 (detail)

Wednesday, December 16th

alone

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Triadic Memories (1981); Louis Goldstein (piano), 2000

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, December 8th

This I could listen to all day.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), For Philip Guston (1984); S.E.M. Ensemble, 2000

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random sights

a while ago, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, September 17th

like nobody else

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Palais de Mari (1986); Igor Levit (piano), 9/10/20

 

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random sights

other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, August 15th

sounds in the dark

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Clarinet and String Quartet (1983); KOAN Quartet and Katie Porter (clarinet), live, Los Angeles, 2/15/20

 

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

In the beggar’s tin
a few thin copper coins
and this evening rain

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Saturday, August 1st

alone

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Palais de Mari (1986); Sarah Rothenberg, live (performance begins at 3:23), 3/30/20

 

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, June 1st

Why not begin the week with something quiet?

Morton Feldman (1926-1987, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello (1987); Aleck Karis (piano), Curtis Macomber (violin), Danielle Farina (viola), Christopher Finckel (cello), 2015

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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reading table

How reluctantly
the bee emerges from deep
within the peony

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Sam Hamill

Wednesday, March 25th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

Morton Feldman (1927-1986, MCOTD Hall of Fame), Rothko Chapel (1971); Markus Creed (cond.), SWR Vokalensemble (Vocal Ensemble), et al., live, Germany (Cathedral of Speyer, Schwetzinger), 2017

 

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lagniappe

art beat: other day, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), The Red Studio (1911), detail

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reading table

Coolness—
the sound of the bell
as it leaves the bell.

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

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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reading table

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)

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