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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.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Estimated cost of the environmental damage caused each year by the world’s 3,000 largest companies:
Two thirds of U.S. teenagers experience uncontrollable rage.
Beekeepers began extracting 1 million honeybees living beneath the siding of a house in New York State.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”