Saturday, May 14, 2016



May 8, 2016
Keyboard Sonata in G minor Wq. 65/17 - C.P.E. Bach - Miklos Spanyi

This one must have been written specifically for fortepiano, because it makes heavy use of the damper pedal. One imagines the composer saying to himself "Cool! Let's see what we can do with that." I suppose it was a bit like getting a new synthesizer.

The first movement is a twisted psycho recitative, the second a wide ranging emotional landscape, echoing repeated notes from register to register, the third brings itself up short. Clearing the sound is optional, stability is not the norm, safety is not in sight.

Keyboard Sonata in E minor Hob. XVI:34 - Haydn - Christine Schornsheim

The space left open by twitchy articulation is leveraged into ornamental and rhythmic expansion. Where CPEB stops short, JH pivots gracefully in finetuned variations, always in exquisite taste.

Le Nozze di Figaro, Act I - Mozart - New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer

Invites you in, sits you down, hands you drink. On this big canvas the large gestures can breathe, cartooning in the relations of power: male to female; noble to servant - and revealing both the sexual lust that drives the plot and the deep social cleverness that will, for a moment, resolve the whole.

In Session at the Tintinabulary - Remote Outpost

May 7, 2016
Lincoln Park Beach Walking North 160507
Lincoln Park Beach Walking South 160507
- Keith Eisenbrey

My recording device was turned on accidentally on the walk north (along the path), so there is more handling noise, but intentionally on the walk back south, along the beach. Lots of Salish Sea breakers and kids.

May 14, 2016
Riverview Park Playfields 160514 - Keith Eisenbrey

We took a morning walk to catch the sound of baseball in its native land. We saw hummingbird perched, being very quiet, though I might have caught its itty squawk before it noticed us seeing it.

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