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Romeo Foxtrot

Mon, 2017-10-16 17:49
Chapter 14 of Wagnerism, addressing Wagner on film, is nearly done. We give thanks for John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola. One more remains: Chapter 15, The Wound. Alex Ross
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A Pascale Criton moment

Mon, 2017-10-16 08:42
Via Scott Worthington. Alex Ross
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Bookshelf

Sat, 2017-10-14 13:47
New publications of interest. Bethany Beardslee and Minna Proctor, I Sang the Unsingable: My Life in Twentieth-Century Music (Boydell and Brewer) Celia Applegate, The Necessity of Music: Variations on a German Theme (University of Toronto Press) Ijoma Mangold, Das deutsche... Alex Ross
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A Nightafternight playlist

Sat, 2017-10-14 12:20
New and recent releases of interest. — Nicholas Deyoe, Finally, the cylindrical voids tapping along, 1560, Lied/Lied, Immer wieder, Lullaby 6 "for Duane"; WasteLAnd, Ashley Walters, Aperture Duo, Batya MacAdam-Somer, Stephanie Aston (Populist) — Sweet Anxiety: Ashley Walters plays music... Alex Ross
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A Michelle Lou moment

Fri, 2017-10-13 22:42
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A Worthington moment

Thu, 2017-10-12 22:22
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Hail! California

Thu, 2017-10-12 12:40
By, yes, Camille Saint-Saëns. Alex Ross
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Noted

Thu, 2017-10-12 10:06
"A kind of Schengen zone of scholarship now exists among historians and musicologists, where people cross disciplinary borders without hindrance yet remain conscious of differences in language, custom, knowledge, and ways of going about their work." — Celia Applegate, The... Alex Ross
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MacArthur 2017

Tue, 2017-10-10 23:21
I'm elated to see that this year's slate of MacArthur Fellows includes Yuval Sharon and Tyshawn Sorey. I wrote about Sharon's staggering, city-spanning creation Hopscotch for The New Yorker in 2015. It remains one of the most remarkable things I... Alex Ross
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Numminen sings Wittgenstein

Tue, 2017-10-10 14:46
In order to maintain mental health, I try to watch this video at least once a month. Alex Ross
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Norma at the Met, van Zweden at the Phil

Mon, 2017-10-09 13:23
Shows of Force. The New Yorker, Oct. 16, 2017. Alex Ross
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Word to the wise

Fri, 2017-10-06 19:45
Pierre Boulez's Répons at the Park Avenue Armory, with Matthias Pintscher conducting the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Audi and Urs Schönebaum providing luminous atmosphere, is a fairly awesome thing. See it if you can: there is one more performance tomorrow... Alex Ross
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A Schweinitz moment

Tue, 2017-10-03 11:34
Andrew McIntosh and Scott Worthington, two star composer-performers of the vibrant Southern California scene, play Wolfgang von Schweinitz's gargantuan Plainsound Glissando Modulation at WasteLAnd on Saturday, Oct. 7. The same two will return to WasteLAnd on Oct. 20 for a... Alex Ross
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Thought of the day

Mon, 2017-10-02 23:05
The impossible attracts me because everything possible has been done and the world didn't change. — Sun Ra Alex Ross
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Week of too many concerts

Mon, 2017-10-02 09:25
There is a logjam of interesting events in New York and environs this week. Boulez's Répons will resound in the Park Avenue Armory. Ashley Fure's The Force of Things will have a run at Peak Performances in Montclair, NJ. BAM... Alex Ross
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For Si Newhouse

Sun, 2017-10-01 10:48
Si Newhouse, the longtime owner of The New Yorker and other Condé Nast magazines, has died at the age of eighty-nine. David Remnick, the New Yorker's editor, pays affecting tribute to him on our website. For years, he was to... Alex Ross
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Cather notes

Wed, 2017-09-27 16:48
On the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie, 2011. In this week's issue of The New Yorker I write about Willa Cather's home town of Red Cloud, Nebraska, and, more widely, about the present state of understanding of the great novelist's work.... Alex Ross
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A walk in Catherland

Mon, 2017-09-25 11:34
Cather People. The New Yorker, Oct. 2, 2017. Alex Ross
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Booklist

Sun, 2017-09-24 10:07
New and recent titles of interest. Brent Hayes Edwards, Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (Harvard UP) Ann Powers, Good Booty: The Sexual Power of Music (HarperCollins) Daniel K. L. Chua, Beethoven and Freedom (Oxford UP) Jonathan D. Bellman and... Alex Ross
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Nightafternight playlist

Thu, 2017-09-21 11:41
— Gregory Spears, Fellow Travelers; Aaron Blake, Joseph Lattanzi, Mark Gibson conducting the Cincinnati Symphony (Fanfare Cincinnati) — Bernstein, Complete Solo Piano Works; Leann Osterkamp (Steinway) — Bach, Solo Cello Suites; Thomas Demenga (ECM; digital 9/29, physical 11/17) — Bach,... Alex Ross
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