Tag Archives: classical music

Something about perspective

When I was eighteen years old, or thereabouts, I was given tickets to a concert of Igor Stravinsky’s music whose conductor was the great composer himself. I didn’t know Stravinsky then; in fact, I think, I knew very little about

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Give me a break with the perfect pianists already!

Not too many months ago I watched as Mark Twain played the lovely middle movement from Beethoven’s Sonate Pathetique while his wife died in the upstairs bedroom. It was a heart breaking scene. Sadly, what I can’t get out of

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Snapshots with the heads on

A few snapshots. Unlike photographs or portraits they’re quick, casual glances at people. My father usually cut off the subjects’ heads. I promise, at the very least, that I won’t do that. A few days ago I met a couple

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Explaining music in a materialist age

  The close relation that music has to the true nature of all things can explain the fact that, when music suitable to any scene, action, event, or environment is played, it seems to disclose to us its most secret

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When the piano is your “very self, your mother tongue, your life”

      You see my piano is for me what his frigate is to a sailor, or his horse to an Arab — more indeed; it is my very self, my mother tongue, my life. Within its seven octaves

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Gustav Mahler and Bricktop

Such riches! and such variety. Gustav Mahler and Bricktop.

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Old artists like mountains

There are old artists who are like mountains in the geography of our lives. Leonard Bernstein was one of these.

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