I keep saying it but it’s true: still shocked. On the cusp of becoming a national treasure, he left us.
I am hoping to see this in the summer. Just need to find a hiking companion.
In December I bought myself an early Christmas present in the form of The Complete Piano Music of Debussy & Ravel, recorded by Walter Gieseking in 1953 and 1954. Watch out in March when Debussy 200 explodes! Wistful impressionist or radical who revolutionized music? He said: “I am trying to do ‘something different’…what the imbeciles call ‘impressionism’, a term which is as poorly used as possible, particularly by the critics.”
This is part of Responsoria et alia ad Officium Hebdomadae Sanctae spectantia by Carlo Gesualdo, published in 1611. As in his later madrigals, he uses sharp dissonance and shocking chromatic juxtapositions. Gesualdo is famous also for killing his first wife and her lover on the night of 16 October 1590 after catching them in flagrante at the Palazzo San Severo in Naples.
Happy New Year to my faithful, enchanting followers. You know who you are.
“Channels is an artwork designed to engage us in a consideration of some of the gaps and contradictions in our modern belief system and collective, cultural life. It is a destabilising aesthetic device opening to the un-representable.” – Susan Hiller