Fall Reading List

Some items I am hoping to get to this fall:

My Bright Abyss – Christian Wiman

Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington – Terry Teachout

The Leonard Bernstein Letters – edited by Nigel Simeone

Transatlantic – Colum McCann

The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop – Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.

That last item is by one of my colleagues at the day job – check out his blog here.

Rainy Day (again) Miscellany

Posting has been sparse thanks to the day job, family duties, and attempts to compose. But here are a few items:

Mindy Wagner‘s Trombone Concerto is out on Bridge Records. This is an important release of music that truly deserves to be much more widely known. I hope to write more about this release soon.

Do the Math has posted what adds up to a small book on Bud Powell, with many transcriptions and plenty of commentary.

– Guitarist Dan Lippel plays Davidovksy, Carter, Dai Fujikura, Richard BelCastro and more at Delaware County Community College in Media, PA on Sunday, October 2 at 3:00

Curtis Opera Theater is presenting Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot by Peter Maxwell Davies with soprano Anna Davidson in the title role. It has been a while since I saw the superb Christine Schadeberg do the piece, but I recall it as quite a tour de force. A dramatic cantata of Handel completes the evening. Performances are October 6 through the 9th at 7:30 at the Curtis Institute.

– The only Pulitzer Prize winning composer to perform with both Miles Davis and Toscanini has written his autobiography, coming out next month.

Chopin and Liszt star in the webcomic Hark, a Vagrant. (Perhaps a companion to Strauss and Mahler at the movies.)