Monthly Archives: December 2017

dressing for dinner? (orchestral attire)

    Something I have been thinking about off and on for a while is the following: Why do performers and orchestras in classical music concerts always have to be attired as if they were dressing for dinner in Downton … Continue reading

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“I see Christ once more”

    “I see Christ once more eating the bread of his last supper, in the midst of youths and old persons, ”   — Walt Whitman, “Salut au Monde!,” Leaves of Grass (1856 edition)   How — by what … Continue reading

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we are blessed (and so am I): racial diversity in New York

    This past fall, I saw the film Ex Libris, directed by the documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. It is a documentary film about the New York Public Library, both the library system itself and the vital role it plays … Continue reading

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the wrong word?

    “Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner.”   — Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas       I … Continue reading

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A Slap in the Face? Or, Reverse Racism?

    See: ‘A Slap in the Face’: Pick of White Man to Lead Council Draws Fire by Jeffery C. Mays And J. David Goodman The New York Times December 22, 2017   “For months, black political leaders watched the … Continue reading

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musical (and non-musical) musings

    On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017, I attended a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York which included a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364. A sinfonia concertante (also called symphonie concertante) is an … Continue reading

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Haydn, symphony No. 6 in D major (“Le matin”)

        This splendid symphony starts out — in the first movement, which is marked “Adagio – Allegro” — so quietly you can barely hear it. The reason: the sun is rising! (Which is why the symphony is … Continue reading

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