Friday, November 16, 2007

Why Are Thousands Of D.C. Parents Being Asked For Advances On Allowances? Because Alex Ross Is Coming To Politics And Prose Next Tuesday At 7 PM!

The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
By Ross, Alex

A Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse Event, Washington, D.C. [Northwest]: November 20, 2007 at 7 PM. Hosted by Andras Goldinger.

"Ross, music critic for the New Yorker, has written a political history of 20th-century music. Ross takes readers to Vienna before the First World War, to Paris in the twenties, to Weimar Germany and Stalin’s Russia, and to downtown New York in the sixties and seventies." [and?]



Please join the contemporary music forum/VERGE ensemble in presenting the World Première of Sanctuary by Roger Reynolds, performed by Steven Schick and red fish blue fish at the National Gallery of Art, East Building Atrium on November 18, 2007 at 6:30 PM.

Program Notes [18 Pages!] Now Available at this Link. ["NGA Staff", have your gal contact my gal if you want to talk.]

world premiere performance

Roger Reynolds (b. 1934)

Sanctuary (2007)

i. Chatter/Clatter
ii. Oracle
iii. Song



Readers are again encouraged to invest in Naxos's new, inexpensive [$3.99] recording, Sonic Rebellion: The Alternative Classical Collection; which includes works by many outstanding living and recent composers: Glass, Penderecki, Nancarrow, Cage, Henze, Scelsi, Riley, Wuorinen, Varese, Crumb, Ligeti, Gubaidulina, Plaetner, John Adams, Rautavaara, and Arvo Part. [Where is Lutoslawki, whom Alex Ross and I agree, is one of the best composers of the 20th century?] [Update: Upcoming Naxos releases featuring Lutoslawski, Gloria Coates, Rihm, Radulescu, and other contemporary classical masters are in the works...]

Naxos also produces the excellent American Classics series, of which WETA/WGMS-FM appears also to be largely ignorant. Unknown to WETA/WGMS, proud and exciting American conductors (including American conductors of African descent) are at this very moment recording American and contemporary classical orchestral repertoire with excellent orchestras in Kyiv, Kharkov, and Odesa, Ukraine, Future European Union.

Image credit: (c) Naxos of America, Inc. 2007.


O. K. Werckmeister Walter Benjamin's Angel of History, or the Transfiguration of the Revolutionary into the Historian

In late 1939, the Soviet Calvary marches into Lwow, Poland [now, Lviv, Ukraine], in order to protect the historic city from advancing Nazi troops. [Prior to 1919 and for 150 years, the city was names Lemberg, and was part of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Empires.]

[Click on image for enlargement.]

Photo credit: Borodulin's Collection Rarities of the USSR Photo-Chronicles via Wikimedia Commons. With thanks.


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