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Entries from August 2011

From Roussel’s “Indications”

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Raymond Roussel’s Nouvelles Impressions d’Afrique is a remarkable book: four poems, describing sites in Africa, each digressing into an elaborate structure of nested parentheses.  Roussel published it himself; and to thicken it, commissioned 59 illustrations.  Characteristically, he avoided contact with the illustrator, preferring to hire a detective agency to find an artist, who then drew […]

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Proverbs

August 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment

I’ve set a number of proverbs as rounds.  We sang some of these in the Patient Island Singers, after we branched out from only doing material about Roosevelt Island.  Here are a couple of them.

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Jag

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

A lively piano piece, written while I was performing in Gardiner, Maine, back in 1994.

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Misapprehension

August 30th, 2011 · No Comments

A reverie, tinged with understandable concern.

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Pangrams

August 30th, 2011 · No Comments

The pangrams are short piano pieces, each using every key on the keyboard once, on the model of the alphabetic kind that Augustus de Morgan introduced in Budget of Paradoxes, in 1872. The systematic exhaustion of the keyboard gets more complex as the series progresses.

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Sore Spot

August 30th, 2011 · No Comments

A clangorous sort of chorale, from 1992.

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Index Cards (20)

August 24th, 2011 · No Comments

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Murdoch in Baltimore

August 24th, 2011 · No Comments

In 1980, Bill Irwin and I did a show for the Baltimore International Theatre Festival; it contained many of the bits that later became The Regard of Flight. Murdoch was the name of our putative theatrical company, which also included Michael O’Connor.  He was elsewhere for this gig.

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Murder in the Library

August 24th, 2011 · No Comments

For “Murder in the Library,” Michele Larsson and I wrote a half-hour radio detective show, by scrupulously following the formulas in a writers’ manual.  We recorded it with a fine cast, and Michele choreographed a solo dance to it.  This was in San Francisco, in 1980.

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Why Girls Too Must Know the Steps

August 24th, 2011 · No Comments

For “Why Girls Too Must Know the Steps,” a dance by Moya Devine and Barbara Roesch, I was called upon to portray Arthur Murray.  I don’t know if I was the best choice for the role, but who is?  This was in San Francisco, back in 1980.

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