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Thursday, June 1st

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clarinet Quintet in A major; Hagen Quartet with Sabine Meyer (clarinet), live

1st movt.


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2nd movt.


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3rd movt.


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4th movt.


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musical thoughts

Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Monday, May 23rd

I love his approach to Mozart. He’s never fussy or mannered. He plays simply, directly—like a bird flying from tree to tree.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major (:07-), Fantasia in C minor (22:42-), Sonata No. 14 in C minor (39:54-); Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live, Germany (Munich), 1990


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Mozart was a kind of idol to me—this rapturous singing . . . that’s always on the edge of sadness and melancholy and disappointment and heartbreak, but always ready for an outburst of the most delicious music.

Saul Bellow (1915-2005)

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reading table

If, instead of the words ‘good’ or ‘right’ (or ‘sacred’) we use the words ‘beautiful’ or ‘pleasurable’ or ‘enlivening,’ . . . how would our lives be different?

—Adam Phillips, Unforbidden Pleasures (quoted in yesterday’s New York Times Book Review)

Wednesday, 11/10/10

two takes

Some lyrics sound as though they want to be read; others would look silly on the page but, unlike the page-worthy, they sing.

“If I Had A Boat” (Lyle Lovett)

Lyle Lovett, live (TV broadcast), 2004


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The Holmes Brothers, State Of Grace (Alligator),  2007

lagniappe

Gregory Isaacs/p.s.

Yesterday’s link to WKCR-FM’s Memorial Broadcast didn’t work right (only a fraction of the show could be accessed), but it does now.

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reading table

To fall into despair is just a high-class way of turning into a dope. I choose to laugh, and laugh at myself no less than at others.

—Saul Bellow, Letters (2010) (as quoted in yesterday’s New York Times review)


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