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Bruce Odland and the Tank

Mon, 2017-07-17 09:57
Tank Music. The New Yorker, July 24, 2017. Alex Ross
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Toscanini and power

Wed, 2017-07-12 11:01
A Cultural Comment at the New Yorker website, July 12, 2017. The photograph, which appeared in the program booklet for Toscanini's 1944 Red Cross benefit at Madison Square Garden, is by Sgt. Stanley Smith. It shows a 1943 mission by... Alex Ross
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Book in progress

Sun, 2017-07-02 10:12
In recent years I have made various claims to the effect that I am writing a book called Wagnerism. Above is photographic evidence demonstrating that I have, indeed, produced a considerable pile of paper imprinted with words, although skeptics might... Alex Ross
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Tyshawn Sorey

Fri, 2017-06-30 18:24
Inner Landscape. The New Yorker, July 3 and 10, 2017. Alex Ross
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More on Satie's Le Fils des Étoiles

Sat, 2017-06-24 08:54
In my piece on Joséphin Péladan and the Salons de la Rose + Croix, I devote some space to Erik Satie's astonishing score for Péladan's mystical drama Le Fils des Étoiles, which was produced in conjunction with the first Salon... Alex Ross
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Season wrap-up at the Met and NY Phil

Fri, 2017-06-23 08:41
Departures and Arrivals. The New Yorker, July 3, 2017. Alex Ross
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The Gerstl-Schoenberg affair

Thu, 2017-06-22 18:56
Die Familie Schönberg, 1908. A Cultural Comment on Richard Gerstl for the New Yorker website, June 22, 2017. Alex Ross
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A Reicha moment

Wed, 2017-06-21 11:55
Alex Ross
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Péladan and the Rose + Croix

Mon, 2017-06-19 06:24
The Magus of Paris. New Yorker, June 26, 2017. Alex Ross
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Bookshelf

Fri, 2017-06-16 14:37
New publications of interest. Harvey Sachs, Toscanini: Musician of Conscience (Liveright) Severine Neff, Maureen Carr, and Gretchen Horlacher, eds., "The Rite of Spring" at 100 (Indiana UP) Andrew Talle, Beyond Bach: Music and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century (Illinois... Alex Ross
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Miscellany

Thu, 2017-06-15 17:03
In the New York Times, Michael Cooper writes about the leadership search at the LA Phil, noting that two superb candidates are already on the premises: Gail Samuel and Chad Smith. The board may be tempted to bring in a... Alex Ross
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An Ellen Arkbro moment

Thu, 2017-06-08 13:57
For organ and brass by Ellen Arkbro Alex Ross
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Miscellany

Tue, 2017-05-30 13:48
Lisa Bielawa has written an imaginative TV/video opera entitled Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser, unfolding in twelve episodes. They will go online tomorrow at KCET and LinkTV, and the series will have its broadcast premiere on June... Alex Ross
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JFK at 100

Sun, 2017-05-28 14:21
Well, we can always hope. Alex Ross
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Katherine Ruth Heyman plays Scriabin

Thu, 2017-05-25 23:05
Heyman, one of Scriabin's most energetic American champions (and an early influence on the peculiar cosmology of Ezra Pound), was herself a prolific composer; her music might be worth exploring. Alex Ross
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Nightafternight playlist

Mon, 2017-05-22 19:37
New and recent releases of interest, in Steve Smith style. — James Weeks, Mala Punica; Exaudi (Winter & Winter) — BEYOND: Daníel Bjarnason, Qui Tollis; Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Aura; Christopher Cerrone, Memory Palace; Ellen Reid, Fear-Release; Andrew McIntosh, I Hold the... Alex Ross
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A Jean Huré moment

Sat, 2017-05-20 10:05
Alas, no recording seems to exist of this extraordinary music from Huré's La Cathédrale, in which all twelve notes of the chromatic scale sound simultaneously, in advance of Berg's Altenberg Lieder (though not, to be sure, of Jean-Paul-Égide Martini's Sapho).... Alex Ross
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Eight days in April

Thu, 2017-05-18 22:48
This was my itinerary for the last eight days of April — a memorable stretch of concert- and operagoing. April 23: Chaya Czernowin's Infinite Now at the Opera Vlaanderen in Gent. April 24: Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel at the... Alex Ross
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The death of criticism, 1936 edition

Thu, 2017-05-18 11:36
“Because this year has not brought an improvement in art criticism, I forbid once and for all the continuance of art criticism in its past form, effective as of today. From now on, the reporting of art will take the... Alex Ross
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Elbphliharmonie, Boulez Saal

Mon, 2017-05-15 08:10
Temples of Sound. The New Yorker, May 22, 2017. Alex Ross
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