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July/August 2018: Poetry

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Homage to John Cage Silence is so accurate.  — Mark Rothko   Light through vaulted windows, the shadows of elms in wind. On stage, the pianist, hands in his lap. Still. The shadows strumming his face, his hands. Four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence so you may hear the music of conditioned air through vents, rustling clothes, t...
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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 know If I'd practiced the piano I'd never be so low As I now am Where's Sylvia Beerman? Married, rich and cool In New Rochelle She was nobody's fool, She didn't write in verse She hardly wrote at all She rose she didn't fall She never gave a damn But got up early To practise Gradus Ad Parnassum—she Feels fine. I know. American poet Muriel Ruke...
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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 i...
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Poetry Corner: Nov/Dec 2017

Beethoven: Sonata No. 14 ​for Roma You were at the piano playing the "Moonlight," A name Rellstab gave it when he heard The Adagio, and remembered moonlight Flecking the waves of Lake Lucerne. But this was afternoon, in Boston, The sun lighting up your apartment Like a flare, your fingers laboring Against a dead middle-C, and an A Which twanged in ...
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Poetry Corner: July/August 2017

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