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From "Intermittencies of the Heart," from Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust

“For with the perturbations of memory are linked the intermittencies of the heart.”

“… that contradiction of survival and annihilation, so strangely intertwined …. I did not know whether I should one day distil a grain of truth from this painful and for the moment incomprehensible impression, but I knew that if I ever did extract some truth from life, it could only be from such an impression and from none other, an impression at once so particular and so spontaneous, which had neither been traced by my intelligence nor attenuated by my pusillanimity, but which death itself, the sudden revelation of death, striking like a thunderbolt, had carved within me, along a supernatural and inhuman graph, in a double and mysterious furrow.” 115 more words

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Of Redemption - J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 135, at Trinity III

Cantata 135 is from the second Leipzig cycle of 1724. Like cantata 21, Bach pays little attention to either Peter’s or Christ’s words for the day, but, again, never mind; the music is great. 41 more words

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Of Redemption - J.S. Bach, Cantata BWV 21, at Trinity III

The sinfonia, which is utterly wonderful, clearly prefigures the mood of the opening lines in the succeeding chorus, namely Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis in meinem Herzen… 69 more words

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J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 30, at the Feast of St John the Baptist

The preceding alto recitative explains how we are to reach the regions of the angels, and the alto aria exhorts the congregation to haste from guilt and wake from sin. 83 more words

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The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra Meets Dmitri Shostakovich and Arturo Márquez in Caracas

The elegant expertise of Venezuelan youth meets the Russian Shostakovich and the Mexican Márquez. Shostakovich’s 10th symphony was premiered shortly after the death of Stalin. The composer was 47. 38 more words

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J.S. Bach - Cantata 7, at the Feast of Saint John the Baptist

In the opening chorus we are witnessing the musical manifestation of the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan. Whether one is a believer or not, there is no questioning the genuineness of this faith, and the matchless musical command of its expression. 78 more words

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Joseph Haydn - Symphony 73 (1782)

Haydn’s mastery in combining musicality and structure is sublime in this symphony. The repeated notes of the slow introduction are transformed into a theme of repeated notes in the  134 more words

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