24 September 2012


1. King Crimson:  "Sharks' Lungs in Lemsip" from Great Deceiver
2. Schnittke: Symphony № 4 (USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony, Rozhdestvensky)
3. Rameau:  Gavotte from Pièces de clavecin, premier livre (Jan-Pieter Belder)
4. Prokofiev:  Suite from Romeo & Juliet, Op.64ter № 2 "The Young Juliet." Vivace (Cleveland, Levi)
5. Stravinsky:  L'oiseau de feu, Lever du jour (Stravinsky conducting the Columbia Symphony)
6. Vivaldi:  Concerto for two violins, RV530, i. Allegro (Monica Huggett, Raglan Baroque)
7. Chopin:  Piano Sonata № 3 in b minor, ii. Scherzo. Molto vivace (Leif Ove Andsnes)
8. Stravinsky:  Pulcinella Suite, vii. Vivo (NY Phil, Boulez)
9. Georg Böhm:  Suite in c minor, ii. Allemande (Leonhardt, hpschd)
10. Schoenberg:  Concerto for string quartet (after Handel) iii. Allegretto grazioso (Schoenberg Quartet, Arnhem Philharmonic, Roberto Benzi)
11. Rameau:  Quatrième Concert, ii. L'indiscrète (Jan-Pieter Belder, Musica Amphion)
12. de Falla:  El sombrero de tres picosDanza final (NY Phil, Boulez)
13. Stravinsky:  L'oiseau de feu, L'apparition de l'oiseau de feu (Stravinsky conducting the Columbia Symphony)
14. Rameau:  1ère et 2ème Sarabandes from Pièces de clavecin, premier livre (Jan-Pieter Belder)
15. JS Bach:  Toccata in f# minor, BWV910 (Christiane Jaccottet, hpschd)
16. Eric Dolphy:  "Gazzelloni" from Out to Lunch
17. Vivaldi:  Concerto for flute in G, RV436, i. Allegro (English Concert, Trevor Pinnock)
18. Stravinsky:  The Flood – v. The Comedy (The Gregg Smith Singers, Columbia Symphony, Robert Craft conducting, 28-31.iii.1962)
19. Muffat:  Suite in G – iv. A second one for the same (La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken)
20. Mahler:  Symphony № 2, "Resurrection" – from v. Langsam, misterioso (Ileana Cotrubas, Christa Ludwig, Vienna State Opera Choir, Vienna Phil, Mehta)
21. JS Bach:  French Suite № 6 in E, BWV817 – ii. Courante (Christiane Jaccottet, hpschd)
22. Vivaldi:  Concerto for violin in c, Op.11 № 5 RV202, i. Allegro non molto (Juan Carlos Rybin, I Solisti Veneti, Claudio Scimone)
23. Messiaen:  Sept Haïkaï – i. Introduction (Yvonne Loriod, Les percussions de Strasbourg, Orchestre du Domain Musical, Boulez)
24. Stravinsky:  Le sacre du printemps, Introduction to Part II, Grand sacrifice (Cleveland Orchestra, Boulez)
25. Prokofiev:  Piano Sonata № 8 in Bb, Op.84 – ii. Andante sognando (Yakov Kasman)

16 September 2012

Perhaps they'll build . . .

. . . a shopping mall there instead? Neat-o!

Charles Ives house has been sold. Demolition may follow.

15 September 2012

A few isolated notes

This morning's tea I took to the exquisite counterpoint of a Scarlatti sonata indoors, against some low-powered thunder outdoors.

Driving music this morning was the Kyrie and Gloria from Haydn's Theresienmesse.

On the Red Line train, I got some more work done on my own Credo.

14 September 2012

Shuffle me this

1. Henning: Preface to the Phos hilaron, Op.87 № 3 (Dylan Chmura-Moore, tenor trombone; Chris Monte, bass trombone)
2. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto № 1 in a minor, Op.77 – ii. Scherzo. Allegro (Mullova)
3. JS Bach:  Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, BWV602 (Helmut Walcha)
4. JS Bach:  Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV1080 – xviii. Mirror Fugue (Leonhardt, hpschd)
5. Frank Zappa:  "Zoot Allures" (live), Frank Zappa Plays the Music of Frank Zappa: A Tribute
6. Chick Corea:  "La Fiesta" (live), Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea in Concert
7. Stravinsky:  Les noces – Scene 4, The Wedding Feast (Karel Ančerl & al.)
8. Schuman:  Symphony 8 – i. Lento sostenuto (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)
9. Haydn:  Piano Trio in Bb, Hob.XV/38 – i. Allegro moderato (Van Swieten Trio)
10. JS Bach:  Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV711 (Leonhardt, org)
11. Sibelius:  Symphony № 1 in e minor, Op.39 – ii. Andante (ma non troppo lento) (Helsinki Phil, Berglund)
12. Pink Floyd:  "Flaming" (monaural version), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
13. Stravinsky: Petrushka, from Scene 4 – Dance of the Wet-Nurses (CBSO, Rattle)
14. Vaughan Williams:  Symphony 5 in d minor– iv. Passacaglia. Moderato (London Phil, Haitink)
15. Lionel Hampton:  "Central Avenue Breakdown" (Jackson Pollock Jazz)
16. Ravel:  Ma mère l'oye – ii. Petit poucet (Martha Argerich & Mikhail Pletnev)
17. Stravinsky:  The Rake's Progress, from Act II, Scene 2 – "Anne! Here!" (the composer conducting)
18. François Couperin:  Book III – Dix-neuvième ordre pour clavecin seul La muse-Palantine (Olivier Baumont)
19. Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten, Hob.XXI/3, from Winter – Nun senkt sich das blasse Jahr (Gewandhaus Kammerchor, Leipzig Kammerorchester, Morten Schuldt-Jensen & al.)
20. Howells: Howells' Clavichord, 4 "Dart's Sarabande" (Jn McCabe)
21. Hindemith:  Ludus tonalis, 11 Interludium V. Moderate (Bernard Roberts)
22. Debussy:  Études 11, Pour les arpèges composées (Michel Béroff)
23. Debussy:  Images, Book I, 2 Hommage à Rameau (Zoltán Kocsis)
24. Haydn: Symphony 97 in C (Hob.I/97) – iv. Finale. Spiritoso (Cleveland Orchestra, Szell; recorded October, 1957)
25. Simon & Garfunkel:  "The 59th Street Bridge Song" (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme)

09 September 2012


Just sang a most enjoyable service in the FCB choir under the direction of Paul Cienniwa, some Giuseppe da Palestrina, some Tomás Luis de Victoria, and we heard the ladies of the choir sing one of Gustav Holst's Hymns from the Rig-Veda.

Incidentally, one of the choir members remarked that for yesterday's rehearsal, they sang Love is the spirit (the motet I wrote for Paul and this choir); and he complimented me anew on what a good piece he finds it.

Separately, I hear that an order for 34 copies of the Song of Mary was shipped to a distributor. So: thank you, whoever you are who ordered the piece, and God bless you and your choir.

06 September 2012

Objets trouvés

As sometimes (usually?) happens when I set the shuffle loose, there are wonderful segues which I don't imagine I should ever have dreamt up on my own. Two especially delicious instances here:
henningmusick: Shuffle into the Labor Day Weekend

The live performance of Zappa's "Drowning Witch" (with that rap-before-rap-quite-was vibe) giving way to the Lyke-Wake Dirge in the Stravinsky Cantata.

And then: the Frescobaldi Recercar, melting into King Crimson's "B'Boom," in turn yielding to the Rameau Sarabandes: fabulous.

Just a (cinematic) note

Had an enjoyable chat with a buddy about the Star Wars saga, the Lord of the Rings movies, and The Hobbit.  But this post is about none of those.

In Quantum of Solace (a title I still cannot pretend to understand) — a movie which I perhaps like a bit better than the average critic — M upbraids 007 for the death of Fields. "She worked in an office, collecting reports." That so, why did M send her on the assignment? Why is this an indictment of Bond, rather than of M (or her delegates)?

05 September 2012


… getting back into the groove after a splendidly non-producing holiday weekend. Wrote a bit of the Credo. Not much, but it's composing again.