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“It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van.”
–Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962)
And to mark (belatedly) the hero’s birthday, here’s my favorite movement from my favorite piano sonata, the sonata no. 29 in B-flat major (“Hammerklavier”), op. 106, fourth movement, largo–allegro risoluto (the “fugue”) performed in 2005 at Bass Hall by Maria Mazo. Watch those fingers fly and do your best not to get giddy. You’ll find that’s impossible.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Number of people who attended the World Grits Festival, held in St. George, South Carolina, last spring:
The brown bears of Greece continued chewing through telephone poles.
In Peru, a 51-year-old activist became the first former sex worker to run for the national legislature. “I’m going to put order,” she said, “in that big brothel which is Congress.”
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“Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.”