Fight the power

Just as a follow-up to yesterday’s piece on state funding of the arts….  There are lots of conversations going on in the blogosphere, in newspapers and around the water-cooler about the so-called crisis in classical music.  One central idea I have been trying to stress here and will continue to get at more often is […]

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On Brahms and life

Here is a very moving post from someone named reidmt (see annonymous blogging). I actually know who he is, as will many of my readers, but nevermind, I thought is was a good post.  Interestingly, I could have easily been in Pendleton this week for our youth camp at the OES, but took the year […]

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Rostropovich on DSCH

I’ve been trying to steer friends towards these interviews with Rostropovich for a long time, so I thought I would take Pliable’s idea and post the links here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/shostakovich/ram/rostropovich1.ram http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/shostakovich/ram/rostropovich2.ram http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/shostakovich/ram/rostropovich3.ram http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/shostakovich/ram/rostropovich4.ram  

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Anatomy of a flop

There are two reasons I don’t do reviews on this blog, much as I might be tempted. The first, and most compelling, reason is that I am aware of what a big, beautiful glass house I live in, and secondly, I don’t particularly want to piss people off in my field. Practicalities aside, I think […]

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Odds and ends

I want to call reader’s attention to a lovely comment from Harriet Gedge, daughter of conductor David Gedge. I’m so happy to hear that David is coming along in his march to recovery, but it sounds like a truly arduous process. Other news today- over at oboeinsight, we have the revelation that not all classical […]

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The Idea, and Style

While in London this week I had the opportunity to see “Underground Surrealism” at the Hayward Gallery, a fascinating look into one very exciting moment in art history as witnessed through the prism of one magazine, Georges Bataille’s “Documents.”  The magazine only lasted for about a year, yet Bataille and his colleagues were able to […]

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Finding what you’re looking for

Great post from Doug Ramsey on what happens to recordings when selling them ceases to be big money. A good follow-up to my post on copywrong, as it points out the danger access to our cultural heritage when that heritage ceases to be profitable. YouTube was recently forced to remove some material owned by NBC. […]

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Don’t Believe the Hype

This represents a very unscientific sample, but I think I’ve worked or studied with seven people who, in turn, studied or worked with Copland, including one who was his assistant and another who was both a close collaborator and a boyfriend. All were very gracious in answering my questions about Copland, but funnily enough, if […]

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