Monthly Archives: January 2013

It Never Entered My Mind

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Happy Birthday, Wolfgang

How seemly, then, to celebrate the birth Of one who did no harm to our poor earth, Created masterpieces by the dozen, Induled in toilet-humor with his cousin, And had a pauper’s funeral in the rain, The like of whom … Continue reading

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O Brothers

Exciting to see that the new Coen brothers movie is going to involve music. Word is that it’s based on the life of Dave Van Ronk, “the Mayor of MacDougal Street.” I like that tune “Farewell” that’s playing in the … Continue reading

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“It sounded almost like it was written out in advance.”

James Garson, an American philosopher, took Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, the virtuoso sitarist, to a concert of Bach’s Cello Suites as performed by the great Mstislav Rostropovich. Asked afterward if he enjoyed the concert, Banerjee said, “He played out of tune … Continue reading

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You know what I’m talking about . . .

Our friend Chris Liebig, who has a blog where he says shockingly sane things about school, has been recommending our blog as well as gently nudging us to post things on a more regular basis in January. Knowing that Chris … Continue reading

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The Touch at the Center of the Music

Charles Rosen, the pianist and great cultural critic (especially of music), died in December. The New York Review of Books just republished a piece he wrote on Chopin, which does that rare thing of magically capturing in words the essence … Continue reading

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Sviatoslav Richter Playing His Favorite Schubert Sonata

After a couple requests for more Schubert, here’s perhaps the greatest pianist of the twentieth century (and hence the greatest yet recorded) playing the first movement of his favorite Schubert sonata, number 18, the last that Schubert published in his … Continue reading

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live your life live your life live your life

This flow of words, which doesn’t fit into a normal kind of logic, is really full of humanity. I had tears streaming down my face. I’ve been listening obsessively to Schubert’s “Impromptus” lately, so it was perfect that the cartoonist … Continue reading

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Bill Cosby, Jazz Drummer

This is so hilarious that Jack Benny laughs himself off his chair. Here’s the man who doesn’t have a lead pipe in his arm.

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Smokey and Mirrors

In the opening of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, the narrator says that Louis Armstrong makes “poetry out of being invisible” and that his music allows you to occupy and understand “those points where time stands still or from which it … Continue reading

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