I never really got into The Monitor (2010) but this sounds very nice and raw. It seems the new album – Local Business – is coming out in the next few weeks or so. You can stream it on NPR here.
I see that WordPress still does not do Flash videos. Go and see this amazing concert here.
VENDREDI 22 JUIN – 20H
Salle des concerts
Emilio de’ Cavalieri
Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo
[La Représentation de l’Âme et du Corps]
Livret : Agostino Manni
Réalisation musicale : René Jacobs, d’après l’édition établie par Murray Bradshow (American Institute of Musicology, 2011) Continue reading
Martin Kuchen, tenor sax and Raymond Strid on drums. At Sollentuna Music Fair, November 7, 2002.
Boulez, Music and Philosophy by Edward Campbell
Series: Music in the Twentieth Century
Cambridge University Press
While acknowledging that Pierre Boulez is not a philosopher, and that he is wary of the potential misuse of philosophy with regard to music, this study investigates a series of philosophically charged terms and concepts which he uses in discussion of his music. Campbell examines significant encounters which link Boulez to the work of a number of important philosophers and thinkers, including Adorno, Lévi-Strauss, Eco and Deleuze. Relating Boulez’s music and ideas to broader currents of thought, the book illuminates a number of affinities linking music and philosophy, and also literature and visual art. These connections facilitate enhanced understanding of post-war modernist music and Boulez’s distinctive approach to composition. Drawing on a wide range of previously unpublished documentary sources and providing musical analysis of a number of key scores, the book traces the changing musical, philosophical and intellectual currents which inform Boulez’s work.
1. Preparing the ground; 2. Early influences and movements; 3. Dialectic, negation and binary oppositions; 4. Boulez, Adorno and serial critique; 5. Deduction and the scientific model; 6. Serialism and structuralism; 7. Post-structuralist encounters; 8. Boulez, difference and repetition; 9. Expanding the virtual; 10. Continuity and discontinuity of space and time; Conclusion; Bibliography.
Also, BBC Proms–around 8 minutes and 30 seconds of the program–has a broadcast of Part’s Fourth symphony and an interview preceding the performance (hurry, it will disappear soon): here
I came across this essay by Stefan Beyst on Nono’s Prometeo – a revolutionary work, if there was ever one in this century (although calling it “revolutionary” is already lame since everyone who ever comes across it immediately does so). Nono worked on Prometeo for a long time in collaboration with an Italian philosopher (and all-around intellectual) Massimo Cacciari. The result was a performance at San Lorenzo in Venice in 1984 that was quite interesting – a new sort of stage production was constructed with electronic and spacial innovations. Some background info for the curios can be found here.
I thought this section of the essay was curious: Continue reading