Monthly Archives: February 2013

Music this morning

Bach on big and little mandolins. Happy happy

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Music this morning

Vivaldi! Mandolin! Happy. I should really learn some of these concerti.

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Music this morning

Charles-Valentin Alkan’s concerto for solo piano. Wow! I love the 9 against 6 (and 9 against 12) at blistering speeds. A masterpiece that is rarely performed — the whole piece is 40 or 45 minutes and it is really really … Continue reading

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Music this morning

A Meta-etude. Godowsky’s studies on Chopin’s etudes. On Chopin Op 10, number 1, Godowsky puts almost all of Chopin’s notes into the left hand, and then adds a right hand part in counter motion. I wish I had the time … Continue reading

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Music today

The great Robert Fripp. Note: guitars tuned (low to high) CGDAEG, all 5ths with a minor third on top.

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Music this Friday

Just a closer walk with me, done a la New Orleans. Remember — clap on 2 and 4!

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Music this morning

Bill Evans — Waltz for Debby. A great piece, by Bill Evans at his finest (Village Vanguard, 1961). One of the most difficult jazz standards (for me) to play. This is probably due to several factors: 1. Bill Evans is … Continue reading

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Music this morning:

Quotes familiar tunes? Check. Mystical strings: tone clusters, whole tone scales and chords? Check. Competing marching bands? Check Must be Ives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyjIuPiKhsQ

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Music on this Friday morning

I love all things Ivesian, but this piece is special — Charles Ives’¬†string quartet number 1. You have to think Charles Ives liked it too, having recycled the 1wst movement into his fourth symphony. The 1st quartet is largely based … Continue reading

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Music tomorrow (Feb 13)

My Funny Valentine; Performed by Miles Davis, Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Philly Joe Jones (drums).¬† Miles Davis recorded this (and played it live) many times. This recording is more traditional, if you go forward in time, its … Continue reading

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