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Debussy, Ravel, Satie, and La Mer

Sometime in the earlyish 2000s I went to a talk at the Royal Academy of Music given by Roy Howat, an expert on Debussy (and Faure and Chabrier), and always an interesting speaker. His talk was on proportion in Debussy’s … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet at the Harlow Playhouse

Some of the best performances of plays that I have seen have been either at regional theatres or fringe theatres or by fringe companies, sometimes combining two or three of those: one of the best things I have ever seen … Continue reading

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Some inequalities for faster integer division by a constant

*** This is currently a work in progress, and TODO shows me and any readers where more work is needed. ??? is a reminder to me to check that something I believe to be true really is true. TODO put … Continue reading

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Proto Mega Dance Party XXX!

Originally posted on Chok Notes to Self:
These are feedback forms from an amazing, life-changing workshop on making solo work run by performance artist, Bryony Kimmings. At the end of the week, we all showed a few minutes’ worth of…

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This is my brain on dogs

Originally posted on Chok Notes to Self:
So I just had a look at a pile of feedback from peers I got via a Bryony Kimmings workshop few years ago. As I work towards my new show, kind my first…

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019

Initially a quick post so I can link to three shows which I recommend, one of which I haven’t seen yet. * In the 1999 London Mime Festival I saw a wonderfully inventive & funny show “The Letter” by Paolo … Continue reading

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Han-Na Chang conducting Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5 in E minor

From the Cambridge University Press book “Essays in Music” by Hans Keller – an extract from a review of Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting in Mysore in 1950: As was to be expected, the most overpowering interpretations in the Philharmonia Orchestra’s first … Continue reading

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Luonnotar

A comment I made in 2014 or 2015 on a YouTube upload of a performance of Sibelius’s astounding “Luonnotar”, a concentrated (only ten minutes long) tone poem for soprano and orchestra. (Wagner lovers temporarily avert your eyes now: I have … Continue reading

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How to Warm Up for a Future of Disruption

via How to Warm Up for a Future of Disruption

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The Declaration of Independence in American – by H. L. Mencken – 1921

The Declaration of Independence in American – by H. L. Mencken – 1921 The Declaration of Independence in American – by H. L. Mencken – 1921 Text used For Mencken’s reason for making this “translation” of the Declaration of Independence … Continue reading

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