It seems utterly puzzling that most of the greatest music of Johann Sebastian Bach barely makes it way to the concert hall. This conundrum was at the core of Simon Wainrib’s musical and entrepreneurial passion. His passing last week gave me an opportunity to reminisce about fulfilling one’s musical dreams, and my own long involvement with the Berkshire Bach Society.
Tenores de Aterúe have just launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help us realize our goals for our first trip to Sardinia! We are planning a trip there this Spring, and we’ve raised about half of what we need to cover our expenses. We’re relying on your support to help us cross the finish line! Please visit our Kickstarter page, where you can see our video and read all the information detailing what we’ve got planned, and why your support is crucial. Thanks so much & please spread the word! With your help we can continue to promote Sardinia’s amazing traditional culture and bring more wonderful music to you at future concerts! Here’s the link: http://kck.st/104i4Fr
Yours in Song and Optimism!
Avery, Carl, Gideon & Doug
Tenores de Aterúe
by Hart Crane
Infinite consanguinity it bears—
This tendered theme of you that light
Retrieves from sea plains where the sky
Resigns a breast that every wave enthrones;
While ribboned water lanes I wind
Are laved and scattered with no stroke
Wide from your side, whereto this hour
The sea lifts, also, reliquary hands.
[Go to the article to hear Elliott Carter's setting of this poem.]
Sprawled across the east wing that stretches from the papal residence to the Vatican Museums is an inscription commemorating one of Pope Julius II’s most important contributions to the complex now known as the Apostolic Palace: IULIUS II PONT MAX LIGURUM VI PATRIA SAONENSIS SIXTI IIII NEPOS VIAM HANC STRUXIT PONT COMMODITATI. The text is ambiguous in that “VI” may signify the ablative case of the word vis meaning power or strength, or it may stand for the Roman numeral “6.”
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