June 25, 2016

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How did Alberti bass become the the main ingredient of a certain style of contemporary composition and what I call sometimes “wallpaper music”? In fact, wallpaper can be rather attractive and I enjoying the look and the feel of the newly wallpapered hallways in our condo building. In a few days it will become just a visual filler and nobody will notice …

June 10, 2016

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My Year of Quartets: serendipity and Kabbalistic numerology (gematria) of the number 4 and its multiples. On May 22 (2+2), four days before my 79th (7+9=16) birthday on May 26 (2+6=8) the Ancia Saxophone Quartet from Minneapolis presented a short excerpt from my new, and only, saxophone quartet entitled “The Center Does Not Hold.” In Berlin, a string quartet has …

June 5, 2016

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One day following Holocaust Memorial Day 2016, was a good day to start my new blog. We had a trio session accompanied by Mary Vigdor, my wise companion, with my attorney Craig Miller to update my legacy papers. One should not procrastinate to prepare for the inevitable until “one leg is sinking into the grave” as is said in Yiddish. Actually, I already …