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A compendium of thoughts, reflections, revelations, and grievances on learning the canons of J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations, the canons of G. Ligeti’s Études Troisième Livre, and isolated canons of Luigi Dallapiccola and Anton Webern.

N O T E S fNrOoTmE aS fPrIoAmN aI PSITA N I S T (#9)

Taken from Alex Ross at the New Yorker. “Just concentrate on not making the lazy move. Polyphony sucks.” – Morton Feldman From a contrapuntal perspective, Morton Feldman is in many ways, the anti-polyphony.

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N O T E S fNrOoTmE aS fPrIoAmN aI PSITA N I S T (#8)

….and now’s the time to live in the past. Andy Costello: Canons, music of J.S. Bach and G. Ligeti, contrapuntally presented with original (con)texts from Vox Humana on Vimeo.

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N O T E S fNrOoTmE aS fPrIoAmN aI PSITA N I S T (#7)

…when I sit down to practice, I have to make several decisions – all of which seem to be of an either or quality. Do I play right hand or left hand? Do I play loud or soft? …fast or … Continue reading

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N O T E S fNrOoTmE aS fPrIoAmN aI PSITA N I S T (#6)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Laughter Laugh at Everything, Dismiss Nothing So let’s talk about laughter. This comes from an experience in the practice room. I was practicing Ligeti’s 18th étude, “Canon”, slowly working the tempo up … Continue reading

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N O T E S fNrOoTmE aS fPrIoAmN aI PSITA N I S T (#5)

A Rookie Mistake I have a confession to make. I’ve made a rookie mistake, again for the umpteenth time.  I put my performance before the composition. When I am posed (or imposed even) with major technically difficult repertoire, I think … Continue reading

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N O T E S fNrOoTmE aS fPrIoAmN aI PSITA N I S T (#4)

…And There’s the Truth Throughout this project, I’ve been worked in terms of either/or.  Do you hear this voice or that voice?  But, now, after a month, I feel more that there is no answer to this either/or question.  In … Continue reading

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N O T E S fNrOoTmE aS fPrIoAmN aI PSITA N I S T (CANON-BLOG #3)

“…The slowest one now will later be fast As the present now will later be past The order is rapidly fading And the first one now will later be last For the times they are a-changin’…“  -Bob Dylan Sometimes, I … Continue reading

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N O T E S fNrOoTmE aS fPrIoAmN aI PSITA N I S T (CANON-BLOG #2)

Hair on the Heads of our Bald Scalps Remaining light enough to be swayed, yet deep enough to be rooted The fear of the blank page.  Any writer, composer, artist, creator of anything, may confront this fear.  The blank page … Continue reading

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N O T E S fNrOoTmE aS fPrIoAmN aI PSITA N I S T (CANON-BLOG #1)

One can conceive of temporality in three categories: Past, Present and Future.  All three temporal states are difficult to define, as is their relationship to one another.  Present is arguably the most difficult.  Present just is.  (“To be” is perhaps … Continue reading

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