— Jeremy Denk, quoted in the New York Times Book Review
Today wasn’t as productive as it could have been and I should feel bad.
Don’t feel bad! I just read this post today, and I think it’s true — sometimes we need to re-evaluate our notion of progress and let ourselves recharge guilt-free.
Beethoven, “Das Lebewohl”
From the digital archives of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn.
whether or not you’re breathing it in.
even after smoke becomes air
there is the memory of smoke"
David Levithan The Realm of Possibility (via themultifariousbibliophile)
This is a great description of music.
A new school building for art and music in Lörrach (via Twenty panels to free up space | Architecture at Stylepark)
"This was an exquisitely constructed programme, interlacing 12 Ligeti studies with 12 by Debussy, Chopin, Bartók and Scriabin, first paired and then heard in blocks of three. It made for spellbinding listening.
Take for granted the technical mastery and penetrating insight: this was an epic challenge going beyond physical boundaries and any notion of studies as purely didactic. Aimard instinctively found the poetry and the drama, realising infinite colours and capturing the essentials of each composer’s style as well as illuminating subtle connections in craft and principle. So Debussy had playfulness and Chopin refinement; Bartók was dynamic, Scriabin mercurial and impassioned.
Ligeti was more than their equal in all this, with Aimard allowing each piece to be seen through the prism of another.”