Rosalyn on Bach

March 19, 2016

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Throughout, Tureck kept in mind the structural essence of music, telling Ampolsk: “I start by working on form. When you’re thinking about form, I feel you’re at the core of the matter, whatever your discipline may be. That’s where the center of my being always is. It is at the center of my playing. I’ve always been expressing . . .

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One Masterpiece Coming Up...

March 18, 2016

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Gould used the Peters edition of the score (no.218) which has missing the
last 7 bars of Contrapunctus XIV, (which they and Gould erroneously call
Contrapunctus XV). There were several print editions of this work and
several early editions chose cadential points that the editors felt were
more structurally . . .

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The Pretence

March 17, 2016

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Commented on Tap's Politics – the pretence of rescue from above

Heard suggestions, this programme got past the ‘what’s expected’ and, ‘Rulers-acceptable’. Certainly what’s allowed to be commissioned mainstream – therefore, because it’s produced one-step off this… Maybe, ‘this is a series worth watching’ but I’m . . .

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Sex

March 16, 2016

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What is it about sex?

First three in the search-engine #news: Why so much drunk-led sex among young adults? (Females, English and Welsh, the…); Sex Dust, posh 'Paltrow'-goop, and; Comic, 'Luke Warm Sex', who says, will “take a very broad view of what sex can be”.

Without reading further, . . .

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The Art of Fugue

March 15, 2016

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It is difficult to write about the things you love most. For me, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge (‘Art of the Fugue’) is tantamount to a sacred text, an artwork so quintessentially perfect in form, so unutterably beautiful from the dual perspectives of the mind and heart, intellect and emotions, that the best thing I . . .

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Who’ll Drive Everybody Crazy

March 14, 2016

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Rappoport at it again. One quote. From an article full of his own cut-above writing:

Henry Miller, the American writer who, in his time, in his own way, was as reviled and infamous as Trump is now, once wrote (paraphrasing): People say America needs a President who will restore sanity to the country. That’s wrong. What . . .

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Aria

March 14, 2016

Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations has become an iconic monument in Western music. On one level, it's simply a beautiful keyboard work, and on another, it's a Rubik's Cube of invention and architecture.

From its apocryphal back story (based on a count's sleepless nights), to its . . .

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