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Very proud of my nephew — Sunday surprise

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

[ by Charles Cameron — as some of you may know, my nephew Daniel Harding is a celebrated orchestral conductor — but did you know he was also a qualified commercial pilot? — he’s been planning on taking a year’s vacation to pilot for Air France ]
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I’m very fond of ‘air conducting” music I’m listening to — but that’s just my mode of “dancing while sitting down” as one of my teachers called it. Much more wonderful, IMO, is the work of my nephew, the conductor Daniel Harding. Today I ran across his performance, some years ago, of three Beethoven symphonies with the orchestra he loved and worked with for years, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

I’ll share them — Beethoven, Symphonies ## 5, 6, and 7— such bodily enthusiasm, so fresh the well-worn music:

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Here, more recently, is Daniel‘s Beethoven #3, the Eroica, with the London Symphony Orchestra:

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And how could I not offer you Daniel conducting Beethoven #9:

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Daniel, who holds a commercial pilot’s license, was going to take a year’s sabbatical from music to work as an Air France pilot, but .. coronavirus. If I get any news, I’ll pass it along.

Unprecedented: a verbal serpent bites its tail – plus one!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

[ by Charles Cameron — what’s unprecedented here is and isn’t the serpent biting its tail, depending on which end of the metaphor you’re contemplating ]
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Here:

It’s a beauty!

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And I’m adding a second serpent, as a Sunday Surprise:

Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in the mirror) for Cello and Piano by Arvo Pärt

I wouldn’t trouble you, but..

Monday, November 25th, 2019

[ by Charles Cameron — A DoubleQuote of ouroboroi ]
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I wouldn’t trouble you with this DoubleQuote, it’s one that every TV commentator and op-ed writer has picked up on, it’s that obvious — but it’s also a double instance of the ourboros, and that’s worth remarking:

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Have a supercool Sunday..

Sunday surprise, musical edition

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

[ by Charles Cameron — two of my heroes, one old, one new today ]
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I had the privilege of seeing Shankar one time, I think it was at Occidental College — an evening with an undoubted genius:

Shankar‘s playing — in the above video, as he was that evening — a double violin, its twin necks allowing him to play drone as well as melody synchronously. Brilliant.

I suspect it was Ken Cowan who alerted me to Shankar and took me to that concert.

New to me today, thanks to Bill Benzon and Bryan Alexander, is Japanese jazz composer pianist Hiromi Uehara:

What friends I have! And what terrific creatives we have among us today!

Greeting & three musics for Sunday Surprise: Rouse, Ligeti, Teeth

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

[ by Charles Cameron — with a definition that places poetry and the drama as a subset of music ]
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L’shana tovah!

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Christopher Rouse just died. I knew nothing of him, but already I love his Gorgon:

May he rest in peace.

Ligeti, Mysteries Macabre with the astounding Patricia Kopatchinskaja:

Furiously at play!

Kopatchinskaja it is, I guess, who writes:

Temperature and ocean levels go up. Whole world regions dry out. Hundreds of millions will have to leave, migrate, millions will fight wars, no end being in sight. Can we go on listening as usual to Buxtehude, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Bruckner?

and at last Teeth — with the Ligeti from the late ’70s as context, the stunning Roomful Of Teeth plays Caroline Shaw‘s Pulitzer-winning Partita:

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Music, it would seem, is the chosen placement of sounds, random or chosen, from the field of all sounds, in some form or container within which they may bounce and reverberate.

Note that under this definition, the barnyard’s sounds may sound (Ligeti, children’s rhymes), as may silence..

the words of operas and masses..

Note too, that under this definition, plays and poetry are a subset of music, also.

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L’shana tovah!


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