Performance Postscript

This past weekend I had the good fortune of hooking up with dynamo pianist Robert Jorgensen in Olympia, Washington, for a run of performances of cello sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms, with some character pieces by Nadia Boulanger (and her inspiration, Gabriel Faure) for good measure. Before the week explodes inward with its many demands, and all musical thoughts are squeezed to the margins, I … Continue reading Performance Postscript

Performative Normative Behind the Axe: Cello Barrage/Bloccage/Bloviata/Sonata Bacchanale vs. Logical Finale

This post concerns a performance I gave two days ago of the Faure Elegy and the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1. I anticipate following this short essay with a more extensive and mechanical dissertation on mind-body relations in the performance of French romantic cello music. Ripped from the guts of the Lagerquist sacred space, I began to think further upon the elements of performance. Performing … Continue reading Performative Normative Behind the Axe: Cello Barrage/Bloccage/Bloviata/Sonata Bacchanale vs. Logical Finale