Jan 242013

Taylor Davis-Van Atta who founded and edits the new magazine Music & Literature and who also contributes here occasionally just alerted me to this amazing piece of music. I think I introduced Taylor to Viktor Shklovsky, as I try to do with all my students. Theoretically Shklovsky is the inspiration behind much of what we try to do here at NC, art as device, art as content filtered through a mesh or organization or system of techniques. This sonata is lovely and tortured. It brings to mind that wonderful phrase in Joyce’s “The Dead” — “thought-tormented music.”


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