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Emotional Landscapes

Le Salon de Musique: Recital, Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms, May 19th, 2013  — The program notes to the final concert of Le Salon de Musique's 2012-2013 season promised a review of Austro-German traditionalism and Modernism, but in many ways it was also a sturm und drang affair. Mahler's single movement Piano Quartet in A minor is a piece about which little is known, but its composition within the tradition of the conservatory is more remarkable when we consider Mahler composed it before his 17th birthday. Brahms' lieder, often used as palate cleansers between two works of great magnitude, did so leading up to the emotionally charged Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor Op. 60, a development of some of Brahms' more complex melodic … [Read more...]

A Lamentation for the Gulf

Exquisite Corpse, Photography by Naomi Pitcairn – On this the 55th day of BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, as tens of thousands of gallons of oil continue to pour into the Gulf of Mexico, the heartbreaking vandalism of the sentient ocean's population is unimaginable. According to the Center for Public Integrity, BP accounted for "97 percent of all flagrant violations found in the refining industry by government inspectors." This willful and egregious trespass against wildlife of the Gulf Coast of Mexico amassed in the name of high speed gross profit is truly unconscionable. I have been holding on to these Exquisite Corpse photographs by Naomi Pitcairn, waiting for larger meditation to take shape in my mind, but I keep returning to … [Read more...]