Saturday, February 09, 2013

last time it was Sor, Giuliani and Diabelli ... coming up will be Matiegka and Carulli

For people who remember this

I'm plotting a sequel that discusses the use of sonata allegro form by Ferdinando Carulli and Wenzeslaus Matiegka later this year.  What I wrote back in 2011 was a very swift overview of a topic that can clearly be discussed at vastly greater length, like this.

We're not going to get nearly so detailed as Bampenyou's dissertation which is, after all, a treatise on performance considerations.

But more listening and analysis will need to happen.  Meanwhile, if you're interested in reading a big dissertation on performance considerations in the multi-movement sonatas of Sor and Giliuani, have fun with the linked dissertation above. :)

Diana Taibi returns as a guest blogger at Cinemagogue, which is shuffling into February with zombies in mind

and she's writing about zombies.

And since Warm Bodies is out there ... here's something about that.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

our own version of Sausage (a la City of God) or Linkathon (a la Brian D)

Mockingbird links to an Onion piece in which a 17-year old boy asks where all these loose women are his pastor keeps warning him about in sermons.

A set of studies about Americans and food and eating habits, like emotional eating.

As Fearsome Tycoon over at the BHT has put it, "This just in: the spotted owl is still failing at evolution." The proposal to kill the barred owl population in the Pacific Northwest so that it doesn't crowd out the spotted owl into extinction is pretty amazing if you stop and think about it for about fifteen seconds.  Cut back on tree-cutting and the spotted owl has STILL been dwindling into extinction in the last two decades. 

This one's a bit late to get linked to and another mention at the BHT.

 ... So what are we to learn from Evans’s year of ‘biblical’ womanhood? That the Bible is a complicated book and if we stick the word “biblical” in front of chosen topic, we are inevitably selective and ignore passages that make trouble for our favored opinion. As much as I can sympathize with this point, it is somewhat banal. Whenever one engages the process of interpretation of Scripture, it is inevitable that one set of passages will be taken to interpret another set of passages. That’s just part of the process of interpreting Scripture with Scripture, a time-honored hermeneutical practice if there ever was one.  ...

Chris Rosebrough at Fighting For the Faith couldn't help but notice this week that Mark Driscoll's said some more friendly stuff about Joel Osteen this year than back in 2007.  Osteen has the numbers that MD probably eventually wants ... though it's not about numbers but about lives changed by Jesus, of course.  Last year Jakes was no longer a modalist and this year there's worse things than Osteen smiling a lot. 

Brett McCracken writes over at Mere Orthodoxy about a Zadie Smith piece on joy.

With all of our positive tweets and blog articles about good things among evangelicals and critical tweets and articles about bad things among those who are not conservative evangelicals, I think we are going to undo our gospel testimony in horrible ways if we can't be honest about poor judgement and possible outright breaking of the law in our own ranks.

Biblioblogger Jim West is excited that the cast of Monty Python is reuniting.

Something new got posted here, for those who keep track of that.

It's true that Wenatchee is not exactly writing a ton of material lately.  Sometimes that happens.  As longtime readers will know not all the writing Wenatchee does is necessarily for this blog.  There's some stuff about Justice League to write this year, for instance, and there's some ideas under consideration for another blog as time and energy and concentration permit.

Sometimes links will do.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

James Cameron's Avatar as a work of science fiction ...

Years ago a friend described James Cameron's film Avatar as "hard sci-fi" and while in the past I could only snort in disbelief today I can provide a different reply with greater specificity:

James Cameron's film Avatar is to hard science fiction what My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is to socialist realism.