22. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Baseball, Classical

What about baseball? Can classical and baseball go together too?

Well, just read this. :-)

12. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Baseball, Classical, Other People's Words, Quotes

Classical music is also about the keeping of an intense set of records and statistics. It is about a reverence for the giants of the past, and a constant measurement of what is happening now against what has come before. We hear a Beethoven symphony at the New York Philharmonic and it is in instant contact with all the other live performances of it we have ever heard, with all the things we have ever thought about it, with the legendary recordings of Toscanini, von Karajan and Kleiber. My German grandmother compared every musical experience she had — unfavorably, in fact — to what she remembered hearing Hans Knappertsbusch conduct back in the old country when she was young.

The past is always present.

It turns out that classical music fans do a lot of the same remembering and measuring as baseball fans. Both baseball and classical music have a great sense of history, a tremendous respect for the past, and a slew of nerdy people like me who want to know all the details. Both are made of people who argue passionately with each other about who was the greatest. We handicap our favorite composers and performers, we buy 20 recordings of the same piece just to be able to argue about interpretations. We want to know as much about where we have been as we can.

-David Lang

RTWT

05. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Classical, Links, Pop Music

… what makes it classical? (As you recall, I pondered this when it was announced that Madonna was writing classical music.)

Read online:

Tori Amos describes her classical music album in the most Tori Amos-y way possible

and

Tori Amos announces classical album and UK tour dates

(The first is here.)