Monday, May 15, 2006


Philharmonic's Bells and Whistles

Something new, informative and enjoyable on the NY Philharmonic's website: video clips of composers, conductors and musicians involved in upcoming performances.

Most poignant is the clip of the 97-year-old Elliott Carter, explaining that his "Allegro scorrevole" of 1996 was inspired by a bubble in a painting by Chardin, which "symbolizes the fragility of life...finally disappearing into the sky."

Unfortunately, when I played the clip, there was a bit of unintended poignancy, as Carter's voice and movements stopped in mid-sentence, victim of a technical glitch.

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