July/August 2018: Poetry

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Homage to John CageSilence is so accurate. —Mark Rothko Light through vaulted windows, the shadowsof elms in wind. On stage, the pianist, hands in his lap. Still. The shadows strumming his face, his hands. Four minutesand thirty-three seconds of silenceso you may hear the musicof conditioned air through vents, rustling clothes, the muffle...
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May/June 2018: Preludes

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Musical News and Notes News from Clavier Companion!Starting with the September/October 2018 issue, Clavier Companion will feature a number of new and expanded columns—improvisational arts, the business of music, wellness and technology. You will see your favorites—Julie Jaffee Nagel, Bradley Sowash, Wendy Stevens, and Leila Viss—from time to time, ...
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March/April 2018: Poetry Corner: Gradus Ad Parnassum

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Oh I knowIf I'd practiced the pianoI'd never be so lowAs I now amWhere's Sylvia Beerman?Married, rich and coolIn New RochelleShe was nobody's fool, She didn't write in verseShe hardly wrote at allShe rose she didn't fallShe never gave a damnBut got up early To practise GradusAd Parnassum—sheFeels fine. I know.American poet Muriel Rukeyser (1913-198...
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Preludes: Musical News & Notes

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Park, Zhou win 2017 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition Chaeyoung Park and Yun-Chin Zhou earned gold medals at the 2017 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at The Juilliard School.Park, a native of South Korea, previously studied piano with Jack Winerock and Scott McBride Smith.She is currently studying with Robert McDonald at Juilliard, where she is ...
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Poetry Corner: Nov/Dec 2017

Beethoven: Sonata No. 14​for RomaYou were at the piano playing the "Moonlight,"A name Rellstab gave it when he heardThe Adagio, and remembered moonlightFlecking the waves of Lake Lucerne.But this was afternoon, in Boston,The sun lighting up your apartmentLike a flare, your fingers laboringAgainst a dead middle-C, and an AWhich twanged in its severa...
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Poetry Corner: July/August 2017

The Quartet CrowdScarce-breathing sphinxes, row on stonefaced rowGlued to the plush as if some mesmeristHad stunned them, while onstage the four with fiddlesBob like weeds in the wind—how can they claimTo love the sounds their bodies so resist?Fierce listeners are one of music's riddles.The casual, there for spouses or self-show,Uncrinkling candies...
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Richard Zimdars, Editor "Opus 28, The Preludes" from Facing the Music by Bruce Berger, Conundrum Press, © 2014. Used by permission ofConnundrum Press, a division of Samizdat Publishing Group, LLC. http://conundrum-press.com. Any third party use of thismaterial, outside of this publication, is prohibited.
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