82ND CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL (see above) opens its first of two weeks this Saturday with Joseph Haydn’s oratorio Die Schöpfung (The Creation.) COUNTRY ARTIST TIM McGRAW kicks off the Salinas Rodeo. CAMINOS FLAMENCOS returns their music and dance to Kuumbwa. SARAH DeLAPPE’S THE WOLVES opens at The Western Stage. For links to these and dozens of other live performance events click on our CALENDAR
ARTIST DAVID LIGARE ON DAVID ESTERLY
THANK YOU for your obituary for David Esterly. His carved images are truly amazing but what might they mean in an age of 3D printers and the mass-produced? The 18th century poet, playwright and philosopher, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, described architecture as frozen music. Certainly the same could be said for Esterly’s astonishing wood sculptures of musical instruments. He raises the craft of carving to a radical degree equal to the radical knowledge needed for and applied to serious music. Furthermore, the process of looking at something, analyzing it and then carefully reproducing it is an act of reverence toward the thing seen whether it is musical instruments, flowers or the human figure. It’s an assertion that the important issue is seeking verisimilitude or truth rather than a casual impression, (as pleasurable as impressionism can be). It is also a lesson in logical inquiry and rational analysis, both so needed in our lives today. ~ David Ligare, Carmel Valley
BREXITEERS BOYCOTTING BEETHOVEN
MAYBE TURNING the Ode to Joy into the EU’s ‘national anthem’ wasn’t such a smart idea. Click HERE
ARCATTACK, in Austin, uses science to make instruments and light them up with Tesla coils. Joe DiPrima wears a chainmail Faraday suit that gives a whole new meaning to electric guitar. Click HERE
FOR ALL INTENSIVE PURPOSES
WALT WHITMAN’S WORDS TURNED INTO MUSIC
MORE THAN any other poet than Shakespeare? Joe Horowitz’ Unanswered Question blog reports on a freshly revived radio drama with music by Bernard Herrmann. (Be sure to follow the link to the music itself that includes Herrmann’s gorgeous Souvenirs de Voyage clarinet quintet.) Click the headline below.
AMERICAN MUSIC PIONEERS, PART 1
CONLON NANCARROW, 1912-1997, disillusioned expatriate composed directly onto piano rolls; became a darling of the late 20th century avant-garde.
THE REAL KING OF INSTRUMENTS
BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIES in piano transcriptions by Liszt. Are they really worth it? The New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini asked Vladimir Horowitz about it. The answer may surprise you. Click HERE
JOÃO GILBERTO, 1931-2019
BLAME HIM FOR the bossa nova. Click HERE
CARMEL BACH FESTIVAL continues with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and JS Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio,” John Adams’ Shaker Loops and movie music by Bernard Herrmann (Psycho), Edward Elgar, William Walton, Stanley Myers, Howard Shore, John Williams in a program titled Psycho, and more.
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Scott MacClelland, editor; Rebecca CR Brooks, associate editor