Archive for November, 2006

Four American composers

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Please check out these (free) great documentaries by Peter Greenaway about John Cage, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, and Robert Ashley from 1983. U B U W E B I’ve never seen Glass that young with his crazy hair swaying as he plays keyboards!

Mozart the Insult Comic Composer

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

  Mozart could be scatological. Now this was portrayed well in the movie Amadeus, but it is something that truly must be seen and heard to be believed. The following is an excerpt from Mozart’s words to his musical canon O du eselhafter Martin, which translates as “O You Asinine Martin”:  I’ll shit on your […]

Musical Awkwardness

Monday, November 27th, 2006

The holidays are upon us, and it is a time for great moments in social awkwardness. All those family get togethers and dinners and gifts exchanged are fraught with faux pas and egregious missteps in emotional intelligence. The most you can hope is to survive. The good news is Beethoven feels your pain.  Beethoven always felt an outsider to […]

Pitchfork hearts Steve Reich

Friday, November 24th, 2006

I like how Pitchfork mentions how Steve Reich represents classical, even to people who are aware of large parts of other musical canons. Seems to me a strange phenomenon, but probably true. Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Steve Reich Classical is a funny term, implying superiority and impenetrable complexity, yet it’s hard for me to listen to […]

Robert Altman

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Robert Altman was one of the great iconoclasts in film, making films that were distinctly his style that examined the rich corners of life. The three absolutely essential films are The Player, Nashville, and M*A*S*H. In a prescient fashion, his swan song, A Prairie Home Companion, was about the prospect of loss and the end of an […]