- Put me down in support of traveling to places to see where composers, artists, or writers lived, like Brahms's flat near Baden-Baden. [Jessica Duchen]
- When I started blogging, I was awed by Mark Woods, who had been at this for several years already at that time. He is now celebrating his seventh anniversary of fitfully tracing that portal. Chapeau! [wood s lot]
- Love Kafka, love The Trial, apparently must read the new translation of it by Breon Mitchell. [Maud Newton]
- Leon Botstein (hooray, musicology!) has led a rare performance of Ethel Smyth's opera The Wreckers. Bernard Holland says it was good. [New York Times]
- Speaking of Bernard Holland, did everyone else in Blogville comment on this piece about bad church music and I just missed it? The article is purportedly a review, but it certainly reads like a polemic, one with which I whole-heartedly agree. "Pushing ethnic buttons as a form of quick access to the worshiper’s attention is only advertising." [New York Times]
- Joshua Kosman has reviewed Philip Glass's new opera, Appomattox. [San Francisco Chronicle]
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