3 June 2011 0 Comments

Sexy classical music and crime novels

When Peter Cook admitted to Dudley Moore that he was “turned on by dead Popes,” it was a satire on those among us who’re so bored by their lives as to be infinitely suggestible. Thus a dead pope lying on a catafalque in white robes looks “at peace, at rest, and ****ing fanciable.” The joke, […]

9 May 2011 0 Comments

The Music of MOZART’S LAST ARIA: Clarinet Concerto in A

Wolfgang’s friend Anton Stadler was a master of the clarinet. He also invented a longer clarinet with some extra low notes, the bass clarinet. The soloist in this concerto in A by Wolfgang, Sharon Kam, is using such a clarinet. He’s practicing this piece when Wolfgang’s sister Nannerl goes to see him in my new […]