Thursday, March 13, 2008

Blossoms Through The Fog: Early Morning Classical Playlist And A 'Picture'

Early morning playlist from past San Francisco Symphony concerts I have, fortunately, attended:

Arnold Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande Op. 5

Witold Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto

Henri Dutilleux: The Shadows of Time



Ernest Bloch Concerto symphonique
(under shadows of a very green Mount Diablo)


[In lieu of a 'picture']

"As he spoke, our group entered another building, where women wearing surgical masks stood at a table removing hexogen -- a military-grade explosive -- from various munitions and placing it into bags. In another room, I happened upon a pair of men in their undershirts, smoking next to a wheezing old boiler, flicking their ashes into an open gutter filled with orange-tinted water. One of our team called me over and showed me a yellowing poster taped to the wall. It was a relic of the Afghan war, we were told: instructions on how to hide explosives in toys, to be left in villages and carried home by unsuspecting children.
A testament, I thought, to the madness of men.
A record of how empires destroy themselves."

Barack Obama "The Audacity of Hope" p. 314


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