Cogitating Schumann

Here are a couple of glimpses into the rehearsal room for an as-yet-unannounced performance I have planned of music by the great German romantic master, Robert Schumann.  It’s certainly labored in spots, and far from flawless, but the general outlines of something hopefully worthwhile are emerging.  Rehearsing with a pianist, it seems, is a bit like writing drafts with your editor sitting next to you.  … Continue reading Cogitating Schumann

Kilograms of Newsprint Plus Franco-Germanic Romanticism Destroys Twitter for a Day

This evening I spent some time in a university library leafing through newspapers, the bitter smell and black ink leaving its mark.  And in the main, it was an ennobling experience.  Musicians who once stared into boxes of kitty litter in attempts to make jingles rip themselves out of depression and mediocrity by writing Halo scores, and now live in comfort on the shores of … Continue reading Kilograms of Newsprint Plus Franco-Germanic Romanticism Destroys Twitter for a Day