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BOOM'S DUNGEON
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Much of what is in this blog is related (sometimes only tangentially) to art music. Occasionally I use insensitive language in referring to various arrogant or incompetent assholes who managed to get on my nerves. If you're squeamish about such language, then stay away from this blog. To contact me, use boomboomsky at gmail dot com.
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Few things in life are less rewarding than reading a typical Ph.D. thesis in the Humanities.  This one, however, is an exception not only because of its topic, but also because the writing keeps clear of the wooden, repetitive, jargon-laden style favored by academics who, in their heart of hearts, know they have nothing worthy to say but still take hundreds of pages to deliver a few trivial
16 days ago |
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Like the common cold, a bout of stupidity is something we all have to endure from time to time. BOOM (in one of his more lucid moments) _______________________ And when the symptoms of stupidity have been displayed in public (say, in the form of a blog post), a diagnostic postscript seems entirely appropriate.  Which brings me to my earlier, flippant and decidedly unkind remarks about the
1 month ago |
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Roger Sessions (seated right) in 1959, with Douglas Moore (seated left) and (standing left to right) Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter, Wallingford Riegger, William Schuman, Walter Piston That's what history is: the story of everything that needn't have been like that. CLIVE JAMES, Cultural Amnesia. If Grandma had a dick, she would have been Grandpa. A sober response to metaphysical speculations
2 months ago |
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If I don't practice one day, I know it. Two days, the critics know it. Three days, the public knows it. JASCHA HEIFETZ ____________________________ In his book Mozart: A Life, Maynard Solomon gives the following description of Mozart's typical daily routine: During his early years in Vienna, Mozart would customarily arise at six o'clock, be at his desk by seven, and compose until nine or
3 months ago |
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Mr. Carter never has made concessions to his listeners. ... It will take many hearings for the relationships in the score to assert themselves. HAROLD C. SCHONBERG [1] ____________________________ So there you have it: An innovative composer's pursuit of his artistic vision is an attitude problem.  The composer is described as one who refuses to "make concessions to his listeners", who is
3 months ago |
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Roger Sessions and Jean Martinon The Russians I met ... were familiar with some American scores, and were especially enthusiastic about those of [Roger] Sessions. ELLIOTT CARTER [1] _____________________________________ These days no-one is especially enthusiastic about the symphonies of Roger Sessions.  Not even a little enthusiastic.  Too abstruse for some, too old-fashioned for others,
4 months ago |
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