Monthly Archives: August 2011

Corpus of Historical American English (COHA)

Corpus of Historical American English (COHA). The Corpus of Historical American English (COHA) is the largest structured corpus of historical English. The corpus was created at Brigham Young University, with generous funding from the US National Endowment for the Humanities. It is … Continue reading

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Comments on Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music for Wind Quintet”

Barber – Summer Music for Wind Quintet (Part 1) – YouTube. A fine professional ensemble (Ensemble Wien-Berlin) handles this difficult but stunningly beautiful music–one of the very great wind quintets ever written.   See also Part 2 on YouTube (link … Continue reading

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On Nefertari’s Tomb in Egypt

Essay: Ankh, Snail, Blood, and Knot: A Virtual Tour of Nefertari’s Tomb (and its paintings). For a video tour of the tomb, see the following.  But the essay above will allow you to think about some of the meanings in all … Continue reading

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On Ruins and Prophecy

Ruins in the Eighteenth-Century Art of Panini and Others  

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excerpt from Jennifer Higden’s “Quiet Art” (for string quartet)

A lovely excerpt from the second movement, “Quiet Art,” of Jennifer Higdon’s “Impressions” string quartet, a great tribute to Ravel and Debussy and French painters. The second movement Higdon says is about “the solitude in which artists work, and the … Continue reading

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Just got a new iPad. So guess which is the first book I finish reading on it?

Turns out the first book I wanted to finish reading on our new iPad is a book that enchanted me when I was 12 and just becoming a serious reader—R. L. Stevenson’s Treasure Island. The free Kindle copy of the text … Continue reading

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Vijay Iyer Trio plays M.I.A.’s Galang (trio riot version) . – YouTube

Vijay Iyer Trio . Galang (trio riot version) . – YouTube.

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