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Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin de… by francemusique

This is the video that sparked my recent return to the music of Rameau. I like the way this woman plays.

I was pleased to find my copy of Rameau’s Treatise on Harmony sitting on my shelves.

Rameau was a very interesting dude who lived at the time of Bach, Handel, and Scarlatti. I think of him as the theorist who moved music theory toward the way it was taught for the next 200 years or so.

Bach tended to think intervallically more than chordally. Rameau used the idea of a fundamental bass tone instead of thinking primarily in intervals from the actual lowest note. If this sounds like gobbledy gook to you, suffice it to say that thinking of chords by their chordal name such as C major chord no matter what note of the triad is in the bass has its origins in the thinking of Rameau and some of his contemporaries.

Nevertheless, his music is pretty neat and I have been enjoying the fuck out of it.

As I’ve been checking the OED and Groves Music Dictionary online I notice that both resources have done an update in September. This updating is one of the things I like about accessing these excellent resources online. The other is the ease with which one can negotiate a multi-volume reference work.

I notice that I’m getting a few more hits per day than usual on my blog lately. It’s hovering near 40 a day. It’s more usual to be 30 and under. Not sure what that means.

Karl Miller obituary | Books | The Guardian

This guy looks to be very interesting. I pulled several names of writers from his obit to check out as well as checking out his own work.

In Hong Kong « LRB blog

Karl Miller (above obit) was the editor of the London Review of Books. I was pleased to see that I already had it bookmarked. This article is by some one from China who visited Hong Kong this week.

Banksy Mural Satirizing Racism Is Erased After Complaint –

Fuck Art. We can’t allow our bigotry to be displayed on the walls of our small minded little town for all to see.

Why Some Monarch Butterflies Are Marathoners –

Genetic evidence that North American Monarchs are the older species.

 Ton Koopman sounds like a cool dude. I like that this article opens with him playing goofy church music. I also like this:
He studied with the legendary Dutch keyboard master Gustav Leonhardt — a figure of austere, somewhat forbidding principle. “With him, you played for yourself. I prefer to play for the audience and give them a nice evening,” Mr. Koopman said.

Chinese Web Censors Struggle With Hong Kong Protest –

Apparently the word for “umbrella” has been banned from SINA which runs most of China’s online sites.

This reminds me of the novel/movie “Z” which ends with the idea that the letter “Z” which had been used by revolutionaries as a symbol was banned.


Link to YouTube Playlist which seems to be the 1969 French movie with English subtitles.


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