Upcoming Cello Performances (Seattle Area)

The great majority of readers of this blog arrive here looking for discussion of East Asia, but, from my perspective, they are a cultivated bunch who don’t mind a few references to French musical impressionism, Dmitri Shostakovich, or German musical romanticism. For local readers in particular, I’m offering here a prospectus of my upcoming solo performances, putting some more ballast behind the latter word in … Continue reading Upcoming Cello Performances (Seattle Area)

Sentence of the Day

On the cusp of a new season covering the New York Philharmonic, music critic Anthony Tommasini describes his excitement over the appointment of American conductor Alan Gilbert as music director:  “Mr. Gilbert has the potential to bring back some Bernsteinian vitality while avoiding Boulezian agendas.” I think all of our work could use a little more Bernsteinian vitality, but buttressed with the structures (and the … Continue reading Sentence of the Day

Kamikaze Mozart [II]

[Updated and augmented, May 31, 2009] The novel Kamikaze Mozart interests me greatly for several reasons, most of which are superficial but nevertheless persistent.  (Perhaps this description holds in many respects to my own approach as well.)    These reasons include extended discussion of Japanese classical musicans during the Second World War, a wonderfully intriguing topic.  It encompasses cultural exchanges, the life of the musican, … Continue reading Kamikaze Mozart [II]

Kamikaze Mozart

Daniel de Roulet, a highly productive writer in Paris, not long ago produced a novel entitled Kamikaze Mozart (Paris: Buchet/Chastel, 2007), the story of Fumika, a Japanese pianist a grand interpreter of Mozart who somehow ends up studying at Berkeley during the war and playing music for Robert Oppenhemier as the scientist works on the bomb (Oppenheimer asks her “Is your Mozart going to win us the war?”) … Continue reading Kamikaze Mozart