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Saturday, December 24th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Piano Partita No. 2 in C minor: Martha Argerich (1941-, piano), live, Germany (Görlitz Synagogue, Lausitz Festival), 10/13/20

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Again it comes, one of my favorite musical events of the year: all Bach, all the time, until 11:59 p.m., December 31st—Bachfest 2022, WKCR (Columbia University).

Monday, October 10th

like nothing else

“Old Man Dancing” (Carla Bley, 1936-): Chet Doxas (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Carla Bley (piano), Karen Mantler (keyboard), Steve Swallow (bass), 2020

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random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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This is the point in prefaces where I customarily say something nice about my wife. This time, however, I can’t think of anything that even comes anywhere near doing her justice. Her name is Susan Patek Booth.

Berkeley, California
May 3, 1997

—Stephen Booth (1933-2020), from Precious Nonsense: The Gettysburg Address, Ben Jonson’s Epitaphs on His Children, and Twelfth Night (1998)

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Today, Thelonious Monk’s birthday, it’s all Monk, all day at WKCR (Columbia University).

Saturday, December 23rd

Tonight, at 1 a.m. (EST), one of the year’s great musical events begins: the annual Bach Festival—now in its 40th year—broadcast on WKCR-FM (Columbia University). All Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve. Hope, beauty, inspiration: they aren’t luxuries; they’re necessities.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Mass in B minor (excerpt, “Dona nobis pacem”); Berlin Philharmonic (Ton Koopman, cond.) with RIAS Chamber Choir (Justin Doyle, chorus master), live, Berlin, 10/28/17

 

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Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite No. 6 in D major; Mischa Maisky (cello), live

 

Thursday, March 9th

MCOTD Hall of Fame

William Parker’s In Order To Survive (WP, bass, composition; Hamid Drake, drums, MCOTD Hall of Fame;* Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto saxophone; Cooper-Moore, piano), “Criminals in the White House,” live, New York, 2013

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Today—his birthday—it’s all Ornette Coleman all day on WKCR-FM (Columbia University).

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*With saxophonists Von Freeman and Henry Threadgill; trumpeter Lester Bowie; gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates; composer Morton Feldman; poets John Berryman, William Bronk, and Wislawa Szymborska; and photographer Helen Levitt.

Saturday, December 31st

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Partita in A minor for Solo Flute; Sandra Miller (flute), live, New York, 2013


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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see 12/22/16 post): Day Nine (alas, the last).

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The only response
to a child’s grave is
to lie down before it and play dead

—Bill Knott (1940-2014)

Thursday, December 29th

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, excerpt (Sarabande); Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba


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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see 12/22/16 post): Day Seven.

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this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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Wednesday, December 28th

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Goldberg Variations (excerpt); Glenn Gould (1932-1982), piano, live (studio performance), 1981

 

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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see 12/22/16 post): Day Six.

Friday, December 23rd

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007), cello


If I had to list a dozen recordings I couldn’t live without, surely a set of Bach’s cello suites would be among them. I first heard them in the early ’70s, when I was in college—and I’ve been living with them ever since.

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Bach Festival, WKCR-FM (see yesterday’s post): Day One.

Thursday, December 22nd

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987), violin


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One of the year’s truly great musical events begins Friday at 1 a.m. (EST)—the annual Bach Festival on WKCR-FM (Columbia University). All Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve. If, after the last few months, you just can’t take any more clarity and light, you might want to skip it.

Monday, August 29th

Happy Birthday!

Charlie Parker (b. August 29, 1920) with Red Garland (piano), Bernie Griggs (bass), Roy Haynes (drums), “Moose the Mooche,” live, Boston, 1953


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Today it’s all Bird all day at WKCR-FM (Columbia University).

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