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Kind of unrelated, but I just had a flashback to Amazon customer Michael Birman's review of a 2006 DVD devoted to Pierre Boulez's music:

The second film, Sur Incises, directed by Andy Sommer, features a stunning performance of the piece following a lecture by Boulez in front of a predominantly young audience from the stage of the concert hall of the Cite de la Musique, one of France's many cultural complexes. Of course, one is immediately reminded of Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts. Ironically, Boulez succeeded Bernstein as conductor of the New York Philharmonic in 1969. Boulez has combined concerts with impromptu lectures before. I attended all 7 evenings of the fantastic "Rug Concerts" series Boulez gave in 1973. He wanted to create an informal atmosphere in which to hear modern music, reducing the level of intimidation listeners often feel in a concert environment. We sat on pillows on stage: I weaseled my way next to the conductor, sitting at his feet, thrilled beyond measure. I even found myself sitting next to Shostakovich one memorable evening. He listened to a style of music he was probably forbidden by Soviet authorities to hear (and certainly compose) with rapt fascination and occasional amusement. The piece I recall most vividly that he found absorbing was the then recent (1970) George Crumb composition Ancient Voices of Children, with Jan DeGaetani the singer.

I want to believe.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:09 (one month ago) link

xp the dutch wikipedia page i translated to further explore his time in berlin agrees with you: "There he got rid of new trends and went his own way"

mark s, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:12 (one month ago) link

"this is your brain. this is your brain on rugs"

mark s, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:13 (one month ago) link

A prime candidate for 'the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually still alive'.

― pomenitul, Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:32 AM (fifty-two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

geez, no kidding

budo jeru, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:30 (one month ago) link

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:36 (one month ago) link

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:44 (one month ago) link

pomenitul, Tuesday, January 21, 2020 3:44 PM (two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

This I need to hear, what is it?

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:48 (one month ago) link

Here you go:

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:51 (one month ago) link

A more authoritative (I think) 'performance' for good measure:

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:55 (one month ago) link

Thank you! Lol at the only comment underneath the latter.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 08:25 (one month ago) link

Good catch, lol.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 08:28 (one month ago) link

pomenitul, Sunday, 26 January 2020 19:14 (three weeks ago) link

together at last

mark s, Sunday, 26 January 2020 19:43 (three weeks ago) link

the yasunao tone "anagram for strings" reminds me of a piece i read more than 40 years abt years ago and have never forgotten -- i thought in peter yates's "twentieth century music" but i just hunted and couldn't find it -- which is a piece where staves and note shapes are painted on four sides of an aquarium and black and white fsh swim in the aquarium, while four musicians sit on the four sides and play the notes they see when the fish swim exactly behind the note-shapes

it's from fluxus era and may well be a fluxus piece -- fluxus were very good at memorableness of concept!

mark s, Sunday, 26 January 2020 20:13 (three weeks ago) link

mark s, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 13:10 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

"a valentine", by christian wolff

mark s, Friday, 14 February 2020 16:28 (one week ago) link

Heh, didn't think he'd be the type.

romanesque architect (pomenitul), Friday, 14 February 2020 16:49 (one week ago) link

franco donatoni: concerto for 5 yamaha keyboards

mark s, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 13:04 (four days ago) link

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