I was about to loan a CD to Judy-
I transfer them back and forth
by way of her husband, Dick-
when it struck me that the headline,
MOZART, was immediately diminished
by being one aspect only of that
human being-The Complete Piano
But even there it was just Volume
KV. 282, 283, 309, 310 & 545
out of hundreds of things he composed
and that had been interpreted by
person, Philippe Entremont.
I can't explain it, but I remembered
a quote from the biologist, Lewis
Thomas, whose paragraph-poems
are as good as Marianne Moore's.
He was talking about possible life
in another solar system-I would
for Bach, all of Bach, streamed
into space, over and over again.
We would be bragging, of course,
but.it is surely excusable for
to put the best possible face on
at the beginning of such an acquaintance.
Then I realized, that even with
neighborly tone of voice, how far
I had gotten away from Mozart,
who prosaically had lived and written
everyday. Not only was he in contention
with Bach, but music in general
was being projected imaginatively
beyond any human connectedness.
You see, by that time, I had loaned
another CD, and had turned MOZART
over on its back and discovered
this signature passage displayed-
This is the world's first transoceanic
recording. It was made with the
in Europe and the recording engineers
in America utilizing the Bosendorfer
SE reproducing piano system. Mr.
Entremont's playing of the sonatas
were recorded by computer in Vienna,
Austria. Another computer then
the Bosendorfer Imperial Grand
in Atlanta, Georgia, where it was
recorded by ProArte's engineers.
They seemed to be playing rather
with the word played. And surely
a computer an Imperial Grand is
way from Mozart. What began with
had ended up with engineers-despite
their calling themselves Pro ...
And is were the proper verb?
Anyway, believe it or not, that
as I was rereading Morson and Emerson's
book on Bakhtin, I saw another
to view those words. So I decided
to limit myself to a single utterance-
This potential is realized-as it
in the case of genres, great works,
or whole cultures-by interaction
with other languages and other
complexes. Anyway, that's how my