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Books, articles, and a blog by the music critic of The New Yorker



Updated: 2017-06-24T11:54:55-04:00

 



More on Satie's Le Fils des Étoiles

2017-06-25T14:45:53-04:00

In my piece on Joséphin Péladan and the Salons de la Rose + Croix, I devote some space to Erik Satie's astonishing score for Péladan's mystical drama Le Fils des Étoiles, which was produced in conjunction with the first Salon...



Season wrap-up at the Met and NY Phil

2017-06-23T11:41:43-04:00

Departures and Arrivals. The New Yorker, July 3, 2017.



The Gerstl-Schoenberg affair

2017-06-22T21:56:47-04:00

Die Familie Schönberg, 1908. A Cultural Comment on Richard Gerstl for the New Yorker website, June 22, 2017.



A Reicha moment

2017-06-21T14:55:44-04:00

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Péladan and the Rose + Croix

2017-06-19T09:36:39-04:00

The Magus of Paris. New Yorker, June 26, 2017.



Bookshelf

2017-06-16T17:43:00-04:00

New publications of interest. Harvey Sachs, Toscanini: Musician of Conscience (Liveright) Severine Neff, Maureen Carr, and Gretchen Horlacher, eds., "The Rite of Spring" at 100 (Indiana UP) Andrew Talle, Beyond Bach: Music and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century (Illinois...



Miscellany

2017-06-16T01:03:19-04:00

In the New York Times, Michael Cooper writes about the leadership search at the LA Phil, noting that two superb candidates are already on the premises: Gail Samuel and Chad Smith. The board may be tempted to bring in a...



An Ellen Arkbro moment

2017-06-08T16:57:24-04:00

For organ and brass by Ellen Arkbro
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Miscellany

2017-05-31T13:59:10-04:00

Lisa Bielawa has written an imaginative TV/video opera entitled Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser, unfolding in twelve episodes. They will go online tomorrow at KCET and LinkTV, and the series will have its broadcast premiere on June...

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Lisa Bielawa has written an imaginative TV/video opera entitled Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser, unfolding in twelve episodes. They will go online tomorrow at KCET and LinkTV, and the series will have its broadcast premiere on June 13. Josh Kosman has a preview in the San Francisco Chronicle.... The Los Angeles Percussion Quartet has a splendid new record entitled BEYOND, conveying works of Daníel Bjarnason, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Chris Cerrone, Ellen Reid, and Andrew McIntosh — an interesting mix of Icelandic and Southern California composers. There will be live concerts at National Sawdust on Thursday and at USC on June 16.... The seventy-fifth birthday of Petr Kotik, a stalwart of New York and international experimental music, will be celebrated on June 21 at LPR. George Lewis, Philip Glass, and Alex Mincek will be on hand to discuss this remarkable musician, composer, and advocate. I profiled Kotik for the New York Times back in 1993.... Listen here to a recent Jeremy Denk recital in Duisburg, with a marvelous set devoted to ragtime-inspired pieces. As a consequence, the final two movements of Schubert's great B-flat Sonata, which can sometimes seem anticlimactic, take on new rhythmic vibrancy.... Justin Davidson, author of Magnetic City, has had two noteworthy pieces in New York in recent weeks: one on the status quo at the Met and the New York Philharmonic, another in defense of the beleaguered business of criticism.




JFK at 100

2017-05-28T17:21:12-04:00

Well, we can always hope.