LISTENING WITH NEW EARS
A Listening Strategy for Webern's String Trio
This past week I read a most unusual novel by contemporary American author Nicholson Baker. Rather than focusing on a linear plot with clearly defined endpoints, Baker spends the entire book describing the minutiae of daily life. One of the early chapters, for instance, hones in on the main character's thoughts and sensations as he searches for a pack of matches in the dark. Now the purpose of this article is not to evaluate the work's aesthetic merit; I'd simply like to draw your attention to one general point: part of Baker's artistic enterprise is to ask us -- the audience -- to confront the act of reading in a new way...
Copyright © 28 January 2013
Andrew Schartmann, Connecticut, USA