Saturday, November 25, 2006

blogging sure is tricky without your own gear

Due to the exigencies of relocation I am without my own computer or net connection and so must blog from places a bit remote from my new abode. That works out okay because lately I have relatively little to blog about. Regular readers of the blog (however many of you there may actually be) know that I'm not one to divulge tons of personal information.

I did, however, pick up a recording of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth on CD. It's been out on the market for a while and has thus gotten pretty affordable. Handy, especially since I've been wanting to satisfy my curiosity about the opera that single-handedly and inadvertantly ushered in the baleful cultural phenomenan (sic) known as Socialist Realism.

So far I've only managed to listen to about half of it since Thanksgiving weekend is full over family related visits about which I will not blog. :)

I also picked up a recording of Takemitsu's "In the Woods", his last work for solo guitar. Cool stuff. The first of the three pieces in the set is the most charming.

Now that I'm settled into the new pad I plan to have time to actually read books, study music, and catch a movie or two. I probably won't blog much until I have a system of my own, though.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Five Sacred Trees

You know, I was meaning to write about this piece but I don't feel up to it having caught up on a ton of personal email and other reading stuff by the time I got around to adding anything to the blog. For now let me simply say this:

Five Sacred Trees is better than most of John Williams' soundtracks from the last decade but is not on par with the tried and true Star Wars soundtradcks, the Superman soundtrack, or Raiders of the Lost Ark. Five Sacred Trees would be a little more fun if there were only four of them but I'll see if I can flesh out that sentiment later. It's less grating to me than anything by Pierre Boulez but it's still a little sad to hear Williams is doing good but now awe-inspiring work. Wellk, correction, parts of the bassoon concert ARE awe-inspiring but not as many as I had hoped.