Soundtrack to a dream I’d love to have.
Steve Reich (1936-), Nagoya Marimbas (1994); ensemble 0, live, France (Pau), 2010
yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.
. . . life and the memory of it so compressed
they’ve turned into each other. Which is which?
—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), from “Poem”
Steve Reich (1936-), Mallet Quartet (2009), So Percussion
At worst, one is in motion; and at best,
Reaching no absolute, in which to rest,
One is always nearer by not keeping still.
—Thom Gunn (1929-2004), “On the Move” (fragment)
Steve Reich (1936-), Six Marimbas (1986), arranged for gamelan (Iwan Gunawan)
Music is a means of rapid transportation.
—John Cage (1912-1992)
my back pages
Years ago, at the University of Chicago Law School, I took classes from the late Antonin Scalia. He was one of the first professors I encountered, as I had him for Contracts, a first-year staple. Two-word review: Very funny.
Feel like floating?
Steve Reich (1936-), Six Marimbas (1986); Undergraduate Recital (Colin Van de Reep, Noam Bierstone, Sandro Valiante, Mark Morton, Ben Reimer, Ben Duinker), McGill University, Montreal, 2011
Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.
—Simone Weil (1909-1943; quoted at Orange Crate Art)
Georg Friedrich Haas (1953-), Hommage a Steve Reich (1982)
Hans Ludemann (piano), live, Germany (Cologne), 2012
Each time I listen to this, it sounds different.