Spring 2019: Poetry Corner

Mouse IIToday I'm a mouseminute enoughto patter along the pedalsinto the pianoThe smell of this feltyou must realizeis something divineassailing our nosesover a distance of milesEagerlywe set about the hammersexploiting them to build our neststhen we nibble at the dampersuntil they stop dampingWhat's the point of dampers anywayWe field mice prefer ...
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January/February 2019: Poetry Corner

Contributing Editor: Richard ZimdarsPoem by Virginia Hamilton AdairThe Birds Preach to St. Francis[Variation on a Theme by Liszt] What could he tell them they did not already know? Their wings were beating the air like tongues at Pentecost, their beaks unrolling ribbons of fire. "Man," they chorused, "dip and dance as we do in the eddies of air. Wi...
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November/December 2018: Poetry Corner

Contributing Editor, Richard ZimdarsPoem by Howard NemerovLines & CircularitiesOn hearing Casals' recording of the Sixth SuiteDeep in a time that cannot come againBach thought it through, this lonely and immenseReflexion wherein our sorrows learn to dance.And deep in the time that cannot come againCasals recorded it. Playing it back,And be...
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May/June 2018: Preludes

Preludes
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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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: September/October 2017

Music LessonPlay the notesNot as they are(Dots on the pageIn patterns, trailingOver neat bar lines)But as they are meant to be.The composer is deadAnd so are the dotsTill the player comes,Breathes life into themAnd in a world of luminousSound player and listenerJoin hands with the music.Dots become notes,The universal song.Metre becomes rhythmThe d...
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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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Poetry Corner: May/June 2017

Finger IIThere was a pianistwho developeda third index fingernot to play the piano withthough it sometimes did intervenediscreetlyin tricky passagesbut to point things outwhen both hands were busyOnce in a whilethe finger shot from his noseto expose an obstinate cougher in the hallor emerged from beneath his tailcoatbeckoning a lady in the third ro...
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Poetry Corner: March/April 2017

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