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Just 374 years ago on this date, Handel’s Messiah was premiered in Dublin. Timeless as ever.

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"…the concert began. I heard it through the door - some serenade - at first only vaguely…but presently the sound insisted - a solemn Adagio in E flat. It started simply enough: just a pulse in the lowest registers - bassoons and basset horns - like a rusty squeezebox. It would have been comic except for the slowness, which gave it instead a sort of serenity. And then suddenly, high above it, sounded a single note on the oboe. It hung there unwavering, piercing me through, till breath could hold it no longer, and a clarinet withdrew it out of me, and sweetened it into a phrase of such delight it had me trembling. The light flickered in the room. My eyes clouded! The squeezebox groaned louder, and over it the higher instruments wailed and warbled, throwing lines of sound around me -  long lines of pain around and through me. Ah, the pain! Pain as I had never known it. I called up my sharp old God, ‘What is this?…What?!' But the squeezebox went on and on, and the pain cut deeper into my shaking head, until suddenly I was running, dashing through the side door, stumbling downstairs into the street, into the cold night, gasping for life.”

Maybe the characterization of Salieri in Amadeus is not entirely inaccurate? The above is an account by Salieri upon hearing Mozart’s Serenade for Winds in B flat major, K. 361.

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Just a tiny spot of happiness for your day.

Just a tiny spot of happiness for your day.

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Typology of teapots. On display at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Photo by Diana Zlatanovski

thetypologist:

Typology of teapots. On display at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Photo by Diana Zlatanovski

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Regarding covers of “Let It Go” from Frozen.

Regarding covers of “Let It Go” from Frozen.

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I do not understand how this man played piano, with his posture, etc. Pretty amazing to watch, anyway.

Glenn Gould records the Goldberg Variations.

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Schumann and Brahms at Carnegie Hall by the BSO

WQXR is streaming Carnegie Hall right now as the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays (remaining) the Schumann Piano Concerto in a minor with Murray Perahia as soloist, and later Brahms’s Symphony no. 4. You can find other streams through this link, so it’s not only useful right now.

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"What’s really good?"

Philosophical or simplistic. Maybe both.

"What’s really good?"

Philosophical or simplistic. Maybe both.

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Double-grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum.

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Martha Argerich playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto in a minor, with Chailly conducting Leipzig’s Gewandhausorchester.

On a bit of a Schumann kick right now, so…

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Strawberry shortbread cookies.

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Lighthouses around Portland, ME, USA.

1. Portland Head Light, on Cape Elizabeth

2. Spring Point Light

3. “Bug Light”

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Didn’t know who these guys were before today, but they put together some really pretty covers of songs. This one makes me weep. Randy Newman’s “When Somebody Loved Me” from Toy Story 2.

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Typology of George Washington Stamps. National Postal Museum collection.

thetypologist:

Typology of George Washington Stamps. National Postal Museum collection.

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Kaija Saariaho, working with electronics.

Kaija Saariaho, working with electronics.

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