The Duende of Tetherball – Tim Bowling

THE DUENDE OF TETHERBALL by Tim Bowling Nightwood Editions 2016 79 pages Federico García Lorca, in his 1933 Buenos Aires lecture, The Theory and Play of the Duende, in A.S. Kline’s translation, writes of “Goethe, who in speaking of Paganini hit on a definition of the duende: ‘A mysterious force that everyone feels and no…

Gloria, RV 589 – Antonio Vivaldi

A superb rendition of the Gloria, RV 589, another of Vivaldi’s many remarkable compositions. The tempi are convincing and interrelate exceedingly well within the whole. The harmonic depth and modulatory interconnections are always in the fore. The singing is expressively flawless, and the conducting a feat of organization, control, and musical realization. The whole is…

Totentanz

A spectacular and hair-raising performance by Hungarian pianist György Cziffra of Liszt’s 1859 paraphrase with variations, Totentanz. The dance of death (or, danse macabre) was brought to the forefront of European human consciousness during the 14th century by famines, war, and the Black Death. Its musical representation is in the plainchant dies irae, and its derivative, the…

Art Amongst the Alien Corn

  Somerset Maugham made a success of being a writer. So successful that as a novelist he was able to renounce his first profession as a physician, as a playwright able to leverage the early twentieth-century mania for plays in London, as a short story writer earn enormous sums from publishers and periodicals, as an investor…

New Brunswick Southern Railway, off Hawthorne Street south of Queen Street West, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, February 3rd, 2008. (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden – Four More Excerpts in The Nashwaak Review

Fredericton’s St. Thomas University’s The Nashwaak Review, in its Summer/Fall 2016 issue, has published four more poems from Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden, completed in Edmonton in 2015, and which is the second book of three of the poetic sequence on ethical considerations. The sequence begins with Caravaggio’s Dagger (completed Vancouver, 2005), and will conclude…