Month: September 2020

ITL #9: The Glass Cage

After issuing a correction from Episode 1, Chris and Sridhar discuss Glenn Gould’s early appreciation of recording technology, the music of John Cage and Philip Glass, the phenomenon of 20th century music generally, and humans’ attitudes towards the new.

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Glenn Gould plays Beethoven’s 6th Symphony on piano

Gould’s “Acoustic Orchestrations” album

Gould’s Scriabin recording session (short documentary)

Gould’s recording of Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5 – a look under the hood

Chris and Glenn

Glenn Gould statue in Toronto – map link

Gould’s CBC archives

Marshall McLuhan – Canadian media theorist

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Glenn Gould, and the Goldberg Variations

John Cage – American composer, artist, philosopher, mycologist

Cage’s 4’33” played by David Tudor

4’33” score

Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano

Cage’s notes for preparing the piano for Sonatas and Interludes

Prepared piano – wikipedia

Aleatoric (chance) music – wikipedia

“Making Music With Dice” – 12Tone video

I-Ching – Book of Changes

A Year With John Cage – How To Get Out Of The Cage (Documentary by Frank Scheffer)

Cage plays “Child of Tree” for amplified cactus and feather

Cage’s obsession with mushrooms

Cage and his cat Losa

Cage’s “Roaratorio, an Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake”

Finnegans Wake – Irish pub in San Francisco’s Cole Valley

James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” with annotations

The Philip Glass Ensemble

The Orange Tree by Philip Glass (from The Illusionist)

The Illusionist – full movie with music by Philip Glass (shh…don’t tell anyone)

Philip Glass’ (disowned) Sonatina No. 2

Helen’s Theme from Candyman (by Philip Glass) played on theremin

Anton Ego’s monologue from “Ratatouille” – voiced by Peter O’Toole

Applebee’s All You Can Eat Riblets commercial

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ITL #8: #Beethoven250?

After catching up on some long overdue housekeeping items, Chris and Sridhar discuss Daniel Barenboim’s marathon performances and masterclasses on Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, the issue of tempo and tempo relations in Beethoven interpretations, Beethoven as a cusp composer, and yes, #Beethoven250.

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“The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde

Steve Waugh, Australian cricketing legend

Steve Waugh’s perfect day against England

McMurdo Station in Antarctica

“Absolutely on Music” – reading for the Impolite to Listen bookclub

Haruki Murakami

Seiji Ozawa

Chopin Piano Competition

A young Maurizio Pollini at the Chopin Competition

Daniel Barenboim

Barenboim’s interview on 60 Minutes

Barenboim Beethoven masterclasses – BBC documentary

Playlist of Barenboim’s full masterclass videos (Made by Sridhar)

Playlist of Barenboim’s performances of all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Beethoven Piano Sonata no. 14 in C-Sharp Minor (“Moonlight”)

Beethoven Piano Sonata no. 17 in D Minor (“The Tempest”)

Beethoven Piano Sonata no. 21 in C Major (“Waldstein”)

Beethoven Piano Sonata no. 32 in C Minor (the one with the boogie-woogie)

Beethoven Symphony no. 7 on theremin

Glenn Gould on Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto 

Glenn Gould’s brilliant thoughts on Beethoven & his performance of the 17th Piano Sonata

Glenn Gould – Beethoven Variations on a Theme in C Minor

Octatonic Scale

Leonard Bernstein’s final concert – Beethoven 7 at Tanglewood

The hot mess that is #Beethoven250 on Twitter

We blame #Beethoven250

Barenboim plays Adios Muchachos

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