Spring 2019: Poetry Corner

Mouse II Today 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 Zimdars Poem by Virginia Hamilton Adair The 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....
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November/December 2018: Poetry Corner

Contributing Editor, Richard ZimdarsPoem by Howard Nemerov Lines & CircularitiesOn hearing Casals' recording of the Sixth Suite Deep 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 ...
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July/August 2018: Poetry

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Homage to John Cage Silence is so accurate. —Mark Rothko  Light through vaulted windows, the shadows of elms in wind. On stage, the pianist, hands in his lap. Still. The shadows strumming his face, his hands. Four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence so you may hear the music of conditioned air through vents, rustling clothes, the ...
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May/June 2018: Preludes

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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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March/April 2018: Poetry Corner: Gradus Ad Parnassum

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Oh I know If I'd practiced the piano I'd never be so low As I now am Where's Sylvia Beerman? Married, rich and cool In New Rochelle She was nobody's fool, She didn't write in verse She hardly wrote at all She rose she didn't fall She never gave a damn But got up early To practise Gradus Ad Parnassum—she Feels fine. I know. American poet Muriel Ruke...
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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 Roma You were at the piano playing the "Moonlight," A name Rellstab gave it when he heard The Adagio, and remembered moonlight Flecking the waves of Lake Lucerne. But this was afternoon, in Boston, The sun lighting up your apartment Like a flare, your fingers laboring Against a dead middle-C, and an A Which twanged in ...
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Poetry Corner: July/August 2017

The Quartet Crowd Scarce-breathing sphinxes, row on stonefaced row Glued to the plush as if some mesmerist Had stunned them, while onstage the four with fiddles Bob like weeds in the wind—how can they claim To love the sounds their bodies so resist? Fierce listeners are one of music's riddles. The casual, there for spouses or self-show, Uncrinkling...
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Poetry Corner: May/June 2017

Finger II There was a pianist who developed a third index finger not to play the piano with though it sometimes did intervene discreetly in tricky passages but to point things out when both hands were busy Once in a while the finger shot from his nose to expose an obstinate cougher in the hall or emerged from beneath his tailcoat beckoning a lady i...
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Richard Zimdars, Editor "Opus 28, The Preludes" from Facing the Music by Bruce Berger, Conundrum Press, © 2014. Used by permission ofConnundrum Press, a division of Samizdat Publishing Group, LLC. http://conundrum-press.com. Any third party use of thismaterial, outside of this publication, is prohibited.
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Brahms: Waltz[Op. 39, No. 15]As the departing soul looks down upon the earth and its gaze sweeps the grass, takes in the house where time still lingers among tasks left undone:so the hands hover once more over the keys, and the melody, full of outworn desire, repeats itself before it is extinguished.— Norman Finkelstein"Brahms: Waltz [Op. 39, No. 1...
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Liszt at High Altitude

You have probably seen the cartoon: Bugs Bunny cracks the knuckles of his three fingers and proceeds to play Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. As a child I longed to perform this music the way Bugs did—with joy, élan, and, yes, like a showoff.  Many descriptions of Liszt's piano playing depict him as a wildhaired showman, a precursor of the li...
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