Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tallis Scholars

Heard this wonderful group on Wednesday. Only thing that would have made it better is to be an old church by candlelight. I'm glad I didn't live in the Renaissance, but, oh, the music! Makes me want to sign up for the Tallis' Scholars summer camp in Seattle -- or maybe the one in England?

They sang the whole of Gesualdo's wonderful Tenebrae: dark, gnarly, full of lamentation. I've got to get the CD of this!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


What a great job I have! Today I got to re-read poems by Keats and Wordsworth for a class on literary theory, which I got to lead on front of Oberlin's fascinating Diebenkorn painting.

Only problem, I decided tp kneel on the floor while we discussed, and my knees still feel it. The first graders that passed by looked amused, or was I just projecting?

Later I got to go to a video and sound installation of three colleagues about Antarctica. Barely walked out, it was so moving.

and after, I got to talk with the brilliant students in Oberlin's Historical Performance program ( early music, that is) and two of my wonderful colleagues about Italian madrigal texts. I learned so much, and I think they might have, too.

Unfortunately, I have no smarts left to translate Cicero for the Latin class I'm taking, which meets tomorrow at 9 am. Oh, we'll, or as the magrigalists would say, oime!

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bronfman, Brahms, Cleveland Orchestra...

The finale of the Cleveland Orchestra's Brahms concerto series -- the Violin Concerto, the 2nd Piano Concerto, the first... I only caught the last of them...