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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Best Meets Bester

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 1:40 PM

The New York Times  online today —

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Alfred Bester —

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Milking the Sixteenths

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:13 PM

“In the main belly cabin he discovered the reason
for the tropical heat; a naked woman was sweating
and swearing over the maintenance gear surrounding
a transparent incubator. She was tinkering and crawling
over and under the complications like an octopus.
It was his assistant, Dr. Cluny Decco, and Krupp had
never seen her nude before, but his controlled voice
did not betray his delighted amazement.”

— Alfred Bester, The Deceivers . Kindle Edition.

From a post, Dharma Fabric , of January 7, 2020 —

Friday, August 8, 2014

Ten Years

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

A Late Quartet

01:13:08.25,01:13:12.35
(STRING QUARTET PLAYING
SLOW, LUSH MELODY)

01:13:22.59,01:13:26.23
They’re fucking sixteenths,
Steve, stop milking them.

01:13:26.36,01:13:29.78
Folks, disagree,
but do it nicely, and please…

01:13:30.47,01:13:33.38
…try not to get caught up in mistakes.

01:13:35.17,01:13:38.21
When I was your age,
I met the great Pablo Casals.

01:13:38.34,01:13:40.85
I was so intimidated
I could barely speak.

01:13:40.98,01:13:43.19
He must have sensed this, because…

01:13:43.31,01:13:46.99
…instead of a chat,
he asked me to play.

01:13:47.12,01:13:49.93
He requested the prelude
to the Fourth Bach suite.

01:13:51.62,01:13:54.80
I focused, took a deep breath,
began, the notes started to flow,

01:13:54.93,01:13:58.67
the music’s in the air, and it was
the worst music I ever made.

01:13:58.80,01:14:00.28
(STUDENTS CHUCKLE)

01:14:01.13,01:14:05.44
I played so badly,
I got halfway through and had to stop.

01:14:05.57,01:14:07.71
“Bravo,” he said, “Well done.”

01:14:08.94,01:14:13.85
Then, he asked me to play the allemande.
“A second chance,” I think to myself.

01:14:15.48,01:14:17.05
I never played worse.

01:14:18.48,01:14:22.06
“Wonderful. Splendid,” he praised me.

01:14:22.19,01:14:26.73
And when I left that night,
I felt terrible about my performance,

01:14:26.86,01:14:30.50
but what really bothered me
wasn’t my playing, it was Casals.

01:14:30.63,01:14:32.30
The insincerity.

01:14:33.90,01:14:36.50
Years later, I met him in Paris

01:14:36.63,01:14:40.41
and by then I was professional,
we played together.

01:14:40.54,01:14:45.08
We became acquaintances,
and one evening, over a glass of wine…

01:14:46.94,01:14:51.32
…I confessed to him what I thought
of his horseshit all those years ago.

01:14:51.45,01:14:53.22
(LAUGHTER)

01:14:55.12,01:14:59.09
And he got angry. His demeanor changed,
he grabbed his cello,

01:14:59.22,01:15:02.50
“Listen,” he said.
And he played this phrase.

01:15:03.63,01:15:07.58
(PLAYS DYNAMIC, DRAMATIC PHRASE)

01:15:19.08,01:15:22.06
“Didn’t you play that? Fingering.

01:15:22.18,01:15:25.96
You did.
It was novel to me. It was good.

01:15:26.08,01:15:31.09
And here, didn’t you attack
this passage with an up-bow like this?”

01:15:45.14,01:15:49.08
Casals emphasized the good stuff,
the things he enjoyed.

01:15:50.87,01:15:55.65
He encouraged. And for the rest,
leave that to the morons,

01:15:55.78,01:16:00.85
or whatever it is in Spanish,
who judge by counting faults.

01:16:00.98,01:16:03.62
“I can be grateful,
and so must you be,” he said,

01:16:03.75,01:16:09.03
“for even one singular phrase,
one transcendent moment.”

01:16:09.33,01:16:10.33
Hmm?

01:16:11.40,01:16:16.64
– Wow.
– Yeah, wow. Pablo Casals. Champion.

01:16:17.90,01:16:21.82
Once more, with feeling please. Feeling!

01:16:25.21,01:16:29.05
(SLOW, LUSH MELODY RESUMES)

See also a video of this scene and a post from this date ten years ago.

Sunday, August 8, 2004

Sunday August 8, 2004

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 6:08 AM

Quartet

An illustration from July 26,
Jung’s birthday and the date
of Alexander Hammid’s death:

 

Jung’s Model
of the Self:


Four Quartets:

“… history is a pattern
Of timeless moments.”


Gerard Malanga, 2003

Alexander
Hammid

From today’s
New York Times
:

Alexander Hammid,
96, Filmmaker
Known for Many Styles,
Dies

By KATHRYN L. SHATTUCK

Published: August 8, 2004

Alexander Hammid, a filmmaker whose body of work spanned the genesis of the experimental movement in Czechoslovakia, early anti-Nazi documentaries and soaring modern Imax spectacles, died on July 26 at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.

His work in the 1950’s and early 60’s involved his passion for the arts,  [including] … a collaboration on Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera “The Medium” and a documentary series of master classes by the cellist Pablo Casals….

 

“… legend has it, supported by Casals himself, that he was conceived when Brahms began his B-flat Major Quartet, of which Casals owned the original manuscript, and that he was born when Brahms completed its composition.”

http://www.bach-cantatas.com/
Bio/Casals-Pablo.htm

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