|Sean Hughes | Category: Music|
Years ago, when then employed in the television industry, we purchased thirty antiques for possible use in a production. These 18th and 19th century furniture pieces—huge armoires, elaborate partner desks, chifferobes, secretaires and vitrines—haunted a dark corner of a stage for months until they were returned to the seller, never used. But while they sat gathering dust, these former possessions of Europe's elite fascinated me. In time I thoroughly searched every nook, cranny and drawer looking for possible hidden compartments, hoping to find a lost bit of hidden history—a story by Oscar Wilde, a letter from Napoleon, a score by Mozart—tucked away for a century or two, waiting to be re-discovered. Alas, my detective quest although fun was fruitless; my knowledge of antiques increased but no historical artifacts ever turned up.
Not only was Le Salon de Musiques successful in unearthing one of the earliest, missing-for-a-century compositions by Claude Debussy—his "Piano Trio in G Minor", written while still a teenager—but they revived it in a superb chamber setting on April 2nd. The concert also included a violin and piano duo by Zoltan Kodaly and two additional French trios, by Gabriel Faure and his contemporary, Cecile Chaminade, a new discovery for this listener. [Read more]
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Whitesplaining Extinction to Junot Diaz, RECAT, February 17, 2017 — Related Posts: The Radical Middle, Toward an Experimental Politics of Nonviolence At REDCAT recently I … [Read more]
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