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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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U.S. Ranked Low in Math Literacy ABC News Dec. 11, 2004 In a study of how good 15-year-olds are in math, the "big, bad" USA ranked 24 out of 29 countries. Parents hire video game tutors to help their kids excel at Fortnite By Beth Whitehouse  August 8, 2018  Tutors teach how to switch play between smartphones, gaming consoles and more. __________________________
10 days ago |
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In an earlier post about Yo-Yo Ma's involvement with Elliott Carter's Cello Concerto I claimed to know - based on the live recording of one of Ma's performances - that Ma had no difficulties with the technical challenges posed by this concerto.  A couple of  days ago I received an email from the composer Wei-Chieh Lin (a student of Milton Babbitt) which considerably diminished my confidence in
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Dozens of professional goats briefly took over a neighborhood in Boise by Karin Brulliard August 3 at 11:18 AM (URL) _________________________________________ Clearly the days of amateur goats are over (as are the days of literate journalists).  Today's world is a highly demanding and dangerous place where only a team of professional goats can get the job done.
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ELLIOTT CARTER with Daniel Barenboim and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in 1994. I can't think of a more appropriate way to describe the cellist Yo-Yo Ma's brief involvement with Elliott Carter's Cello Concerto.  Having had some experience with Carter's music in the past (he had played Carter's cello sonata brilliantly according to the composer), Ma must have had
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13-year-old boy bitten by possible shark off Fire Island By Aaron Katersky, Joyeeta Biswas, Jul 18, 2018, 1:29 PM ET ______________________________ No-one will now laugh at philosophers who spend sleepless nights worrying about the ontological status of possible objects.  As the above headline shows, possible objects are as real as the actual ones, and are capable of causing
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Oliver Knussen and Elliott Carter in 2008 Just found out that Oliver Knussen died yesterday aged 66.  No other conductor gave such lightness, sparkle, and forward momentum to the music of Elliott Carter; and these qualities also characterize Knussen's own delightfully playful compositions. What a loss...
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[Those whose] work is the use of the body, and if this is the best that can come from them - are slaves by nature. For them it is better to be ruled... ARISTOTLE, Politics Wives, servants, and children are possessed in a way akin to our possession of objects. If they flee, they must be returned to the owner if he demands them, without regard for the cause that led them to flee.   ... A
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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
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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
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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
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