Monthly Archives: July 2018

Ralph Colp, Jr. review of “The Gates of Memory” by Geoffrey Keynes

Ralph Colp, Jr. review of ‘The Gates of Memory’ by Geoffrey Keynes     As shown in my post “tribute to Ralph Colp, Jr., MD” https://rogersgleanings.com/2016/02/16/tribute-to-ralph-colp-jr-md/   My former therapist, the late Ralph Colp, Jr., was an extraordinary man. Posted here … Continue reading

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“The Poet”

    In the “Divinity School Address” [given at Harvard Divinity School in 1838, Ralph Waldo] Emerson at times made it sound as though his understanding of Christ had transformed that figure into a type of the artist, a man … Continue reading

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Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D minor; Шостакович, Симфония № 5 ре минор

          Posted here is the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, by Dmitri Shostakovich — in two different recordings. The first performance posted here is by Bernard Haitink, an outstanding Shostakovich interpreter. The second … Continue reading

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Shostakovich, symphony no. 11 (“The Year 1905”); Шостакович, Симфония № 11 («1905-й год»)

      Posted here (above) is a recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Opus 103 (subtitled The Year 1905), conducted by Leopold Stokowski. It is a marvelous symphony. Extremely moving. Program music that works and … Continue reading

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Saul Bellow on writing

    “I think … that the insistence on neatness and correctness [in writing] is one of the signs of a modern nervousness and irritability. When has clumsiness in composition been felt as so annoying, so enraging? The “good” writing … Continue reading

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house-building

The house-builder at work in cities or anywhere, The preparatory jointing, squaring, sawing, mortising, The hoist-up of beams, the push of them in their places, laying them regular, Setting the studs by their tenons in the mortises according as they were prepared, … Continue reading

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Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras

        Posted here (above) is what seems to me to be one of the best renditions of “Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras” (For all flesh, it is as grass), the second movement of Brahms’s Ein … Continue reading

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