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September 24, 2004


David Irwin

Resonance No.1: I'm now thinking of the last time I saw my old Yale Music School buddy Greg Sandow in the lobby of the Brooklyn Academy on the occasion of the revival of Einstein On The Beach.

Renonance No.2: And thinking back on the powerful memories of Easley Blackwood's performance of the Ives Concord Sonata one evening in the Music Shed at the Yale Summer School Of Music and Art during a pouring rainstorm. He filled out the program with some fluff: the Boulez Second Sonata!

And of John Kirkpatrick's farewell recital at Sprague Hall in which he performed the Concord Sonata. And of an Ives "Birthday Party" at Mr. Kirkpatrick's house during which we all listened to the tape of Ives playing/singing the sonata himself. Afterward, Mr. Kirkpatrick said, "Happy Birthday, Charlie," and we all toasted Mr. Ives and downed our beverages.

Thanks for your great post and your nice blog in general.

Scott Spiegelberg

Besides Ahknaten, my favorite Glass piece is his incidental music to the play, "Company." I have the Kronos quartet recording of it, which I haven't listened to for too long.

Robert Gable

David and Scott, thanks for the comments. I'm always interested in people's responses to this music.

I need to find my Philip Glass quartet CDs, which I haven't heard in awhile. But I can only imagine what it is like to actually see Einstein on the Beach.

David Irwin

Well, for one thing, your butt gets real tired; however, I was thrilled by the performance and it was worth the trip from Tallahassee just to see it. Seeing Glass, Lucinda Childs, and Paul Zukovsky was worth the price of admission! And there was Greg in the lobby.

Resonance No.3 Hearing the Brooklyn Bridge moment in a David Maslanka Woodwind Quintet and thinking of my only trip across the Brooklyn Bridge, which was also on a subway.

Lynn S

It's interesting that, if I'm reading you right, you seem to be categorizing Philip Glass as "popular" or more "commericialized." I suppose his music is more popular than other contemporary art music composers but certainly not what I have in mind when I talk about "popular music".

It's difficult to determine where to draw the line between "popular" and "art" music and once you've drawn the line, how to label the different categories so that most people will understand what you are talking about.

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