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



Updated: 2017-01-22T22:32:32-05:00

 



Miscellany: Sorabji in Iowa, Pisaro in Somerville

2017-01-23T12:43:55-05:00

Parakeet at Chand Baori. The first American performance of Kaikhosru Sorabji's gigantic Organ Symphony No. 2 — or, indeed, of any of Sorabji's organ music — will take place at the University of Iowa School of Music on Feb. 10....



Sunset soundscape at the Taj Mahal

2017-01-18T21:25:41-05:00

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Julius Eastman

2017-01-16T06:02:40-05:00

Guerrilla Minimalism. The New Yorker, Jan. 23, 2017.



Appearance

2017-01-16T05:08:00-05:00

On Jan. 21, I will be speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in the company of Ruth Padel. This is my first visit to India, and I'm eager to augment my paltry knowledge of the subcontinent's great classical traditions.



Trifonov

2017-01-02T14:51:21-05:00

Sleight of Hand. The New Yorker, Jan. 9, 2017.



Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves

2016-12-31T11:32:04-05:00

A review/preview for The New Yorker's Goings On section.



Another Shostakovich Happy New Year

2016-12-31T11:06:08-05:00

"A blizzard is raging outside the windows as 1944 approaches. It will be a year of happiness, of joy, of victory, a year that will bring us all much joy. The freedom-loving Peoples will at last throw off the yoke...

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"A blizzard is raging outside the windows as 1944 approaches. It will be a year of happiness, of joy, of victory, a year that will bring us all much joy. The freedom-loving Peoples will at last throw off the yoke of Hitlerism, peace will reign over the whole world, and we shall live once more in peace under the sun of Stalin’s Constitution. Of this I am convinced, and consequently experience feelings of unalloyed joy."

             — Shostakovich, letter to Isaak Glikman, 12/31/43




Callanish

2016-12-28T10:14:40-05:00

Picture taken in 1985.



Bach and God

2016-12-26T00:19:51-05:00

Holy Dread. The New Yorker, Jan. 2, 2017.



Puer natus est nobis

2016-12-24T20:31:31-05:00

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