Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Almanac: Paul Hindemith on composition

"The road from the head to the hand is a long one while one is still conscious of it. The...

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Snapshot: Glenn Gould plays Hindemith

Glenn Gould plays the fugue from Paul Hindemith's Third Piano Sonata: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lookback: why authors should always be modest

From 2004: I finished my breakfast and strolled over to the neighborhood Barnes & Noble to see whether A Terry...

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First time's a charm

I first heard the music of Benjamin Britten in 1975, a year before he died. I was a sophomore music...

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Almanac: Paul Hindemith on technique

"The true work of art does not need to wrap any veil of mystery about its external features. Indeed the...

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Inner direction

Apropos of the off-Broadway transfer of Satchmo at the Waldorf, Laura Lippman recently said something that caught my eye: "I...

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Almanac: Paul Hindemith on inspiration

"If we cannot, in the flash of a single moment, see a composition in its absolute entirety, with every pertinent...

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Just because: Paul Hindemith conducts Brahms

Paul Hindemith conducts the Chicago Symphony in a 1963 performance of Brahms' Academic Festival Overture: (This is the latest in...

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Bulletproof on Broadway

In today's Wall Street Journal drama column I review two New York openings, Bullets Over Broadway and The Heir Apparent....

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TCM at 20

In today's Wall Street Journal "Sightings" column I take note of an important cultural anniversary. Here's an excerpt. * *...

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Almanac: Ivy Compton-Burnett on plots

"As regards plots I find real life no help at all. Real life seems to have no plots." Ivy Compton-Burnett,...

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Almanac: Edward Albee on fiction

"Fiction is fact distilled into truth." Edward Albee (quoted in the New York Times, Sept. 16, 1966)...

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Split decision

Not long ago I was introduced to an audience as an "intellectual." Though I didn't beg to differ, I entered,...

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Snapshot: Lawrence Tibbett sings Pagliacci

From the 1935 film Metropolitan, Lawrence Tibbett sings the prologue from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci:: (This is the latest in a series...

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Almanac: Shakespeare on music

Preposterous ass, that never read so far To know the cause why music was ordain'd! Was it not to refresh...

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mack the Butter Knife

Because of the crush of New York openings this month, The Wall Street Journal has given me an extra drama...

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Almanac: Kierkegaard on music

"Music exists only in the moment of its performance, for if one were ever so skillful in reading notes and...

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Lookback: some thoughts on the answering machine

From 2004: "The only modern inventions that have been of any real use to me are the typewriter and the...

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Beyond repair? On the loss of structural integrity … by Diane Ragsdale

There is an arts story that has been nagging at me the past couple months. It’s the recent announcement of the revised plans for the NYC Performing Arts Center planned for the former …

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Surprise, surprise!

This is the other difficult season, the time of year when every drama critic in New York is complaining about...

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Just because: a 1965 episode of The Celebrity Game

A 1965 episode of The Celebrity Game, a TV show hosted by Carl Reiner. The guests include Gypsy Rose Lee,...

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The latest on Satchmo at the Waldorf (cont'd)

• Laura Lippman, the best-selling crime novelist of whose writing I am a fan of very long standing, recently gave...

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Almanac: Hermann Hesse on classical music

"The human attitude of which classical music is the expression is always the same; it is always based on the...

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Almanac: Lorraine Hansberry on loneliness

"Eventually it comes to you: the thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which...

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A blazing tale of hurt and hope

In today's Wall Street Journal I review the new Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun and the Broadway...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Moving right along

"So, will Gordon Edelstein be tinkering with the show this week?" Mrs. T asked me the day after Satchmo at...

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Almanac: Lord Harewood on love

"It's quite possible I believe to love without understanding, hard to understand without loving." The Tongs and the Bones: The...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Snapshot: Jean-Pierre Rampal plays Debussy

Jean-Pierre Rampal plays Debussy's "Syrinx" on TV in 1957: (This is the latest in a series of arts-related videos that...

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The latest on Satchmo at the Waldorf (cont'd)

• Dana Tyler of WCBS talked to John Douglas Thompson and me about Satchmo at the Waldorf yesterday morning. The...

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Almanac: Lord Harewood on happiness

"When I started to see the analyst, I had a powerful feeling of guilt about my whole situation, and could...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lookback: on hanging a new piece of art

From 2004: It happens that I've just acquired a new piece for the Teachout Museum, a copy of Fairfield Porter's...

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