Category Archives: Friends

Heine & Schubert’s “Der Doppelgänger”

Franz Schubert’s seminal song “Der Doppelgänger” (1828) is suspended in a unique historical and stylistic moment of classical music, with its ostinato piano part looking back to Bach’s passacaglia and its declamatory vocal part looking forward to Wagner’s Sprechgesang.  It … Continue reading

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“Ο Μάρκος Μέσκος στον Μέλανα Δρυμό της ποιητικής”

Το τεύχος 86 (Μάρτιος 2020) των Σημειώσεων είναι αφιερωμένο στον Μάρκο Μέσκο.  Στη  συμμετοχή μου τονίζω πως ο Μέσκος και η υπόλοιπη παρέα του περιοδικού “κάνουν τη μεγάλη θεωρητική τομή στην ελληνική ποίηση στη δεκαετία του 1970 όταν με το … Continue reading

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The pride of friends

Is he one of the very best collaborative pianists in the world? A distinct feature of powerful friendships is that great friends admire each other greatly. With our great friends, we identify in each other with some important personal things … Continue reading

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The time of friends

Friends operate on their own time.  The time they spend together cannot be estimated by calendars and schedules since they walk together at the unique pace of their friendship. When friends communicate, the time they share expands.  It grows flexible … Continue reading

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Friends making Music together (3)

There are moments when the thought of a friend makes us pause and ponder where they are and what they are doing right now.  It is not because we miss or need them.  We do not worry about their situation, … Continue reading

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The future of friendship

Great friendships recognize their past but also proclaim their future.  When we look at close friends, we can see them growing together in the past (the tradition they have cultivated) and sailing together into the future (the history they are … Continue reading

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What makes us comrades?

In my blog I have been positing four kinds of the modern radical and four corresponding sites/stages:                                                                                                                                           The rebel/friend       practices fraternity in the court.                                                                  The revolutionary    practices liberty       in the barricade.                                                        The comrade             practices equality    in the party.                                                                  … Continue reading

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On not Reading Music (3)

Is there a study of the role of music in friendship,                                                                          a study of the way in which music helps people establish and maintain strong friendships, the way the love of music becomes a powerful code of communication for close … Continue reading

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On not Reading Music (1)

“I’ll teach you!” Pantelis volunteered as soon as we started calling each other “my other self” in late 2009. For a person who has been thinking with music all his life, to be unable to read music represents a gap … Continue reading

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“Η αριστερή αποποίηση της εξουσίας και της νομοτέλειας”

To αριστερό πρόταγμα στη μεταπολεμική Ελλάδα διακατέχεται από μιά υπόρρητη στάση που αποκαλώ “αποποίηση”, μια κάθετη αρνητικότητα απέναντι σε κάθε απελευθερωτική επαγγελία και συμβόλαιο με την ιστορία.  Η αποποίηση διακατέχει εκείνους που έπαψαν να περιμένουν την επανάσταση ή όποια άλλη … Continue reading

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