Articles by Year: La Folia, 2007.

Touching on This and That

At La Folia’s semi-annual writers’ brunch… I learned that I receive the most mail.

Touching on This and That

At La Folia’s semi-annual writers’ brunch… I learned that I receive the most mail.

A Performer’s Survey of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Part 3

Coming as it does after a virtuoso variation, XXI feels doubly poignant.

A Performer’s Survey of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Part 3

Coming as it does after a virtuoso variation, XXI feels doubly poignant.

Goldberg Variations at Steinway Hall, Saturday, April 28, 2007

The smell of flowers filled the room. I quickly tried out the American Steinway that would see me through the Goldbergs.

Goldberg Variations at Steinway Hall, Saturday, April 28, 2007

The smell of flowers filled the room. I quickly tried out the American Steinway that would see me through the Goldbergs.

Pièces de Clavecin 1: Francois Couperin

The first musical Couperin was a farmer, but his progeny, male and female, taught French royalty and kept an organ post in the family for 173 years at the Church of Saint-Gervais in Paris.

Pièces de Clavecin 1: Francois Couperin

The first musical Couperin was a farmer, but his progeny, male and female, taught French royalty and kept an organ post in the family for 173 years at the Church of Saint-Gervais in Paris.

Ferneyhough & Stockhausen: Grubby and Gruppen

Compared to his previous compositions, Ferneyhough’s Shadowtime is easy going. It’s almost as if his California tenure exposed him too thoroughly to Desperate Housewives and American Idol.

Ferneyhough & Stockhausen: Grubby and Gruppen

Compared to his previous compositions, Ferneyhough’s Shadowtime is easy going. It’s almost as if his California tenure exposed him too thoroughly to Desperate Housewives and American Idol.

Composer Rebuses

Rebuses (with hints and solutions)

Composer Rebuses

Rebuses (with hints and solutions)

Shostakovich States: “Masters are playing.”

Formed in 1922 as the Moscow Conservatory Quartet, the Beethoven got its permanent name in 1931 along with recognition as the top Soviet quartet — seven years before Shostakovich wrote his first.

Shostakovich States: “Masters are playing.”

Formed in 1922 as the Moscow Conservatory Quartet, the Beethoven got its permanent name in 1931 along with recognition as the top Soviet quartet — seven years before Shostakovich wrote his first.

Mozart and Tan Dun at the Met (with a Detour to China)

Presumably change comes slowly to venerable institutions, especially when art, tradition and money collide.

Mozart and Tan Dun at the Met (with a Detour to China)

Presumably change comes slowly to venerable institutions, especially when art, tradition and money collide.

A Performer’s Survey of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Part 2

Closer to my performance date and under a heightened sense of purpose, I offer a few ideas on Variations 11-20.

A Performer’s Survey of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Part 2

Closer to my performance date and under a heightened sense of purpose, I offer a few ideas on Variations 11-20.

Fulbright Phooey! Part 3

Things have been getting better over the last few weeks. Once the grant came through, we went to Sri Lanka to get new visas.

Fulbright Phooey! Part 3

Things have been getting better over the last few weeks. Once the grant came through, we went to Sri Lanka to get new visas.