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04 avril 2014

Time well wasted #18

von Philharmonie Luxemburg

"We're never done with killing time", sings Lorde. I'm pretty sure we could find a thing or two for her to do should she ever ask for a summer job at the Philharmonie... The season brochure was sent to press earlier this week and it feels like our heads have been cut off but we're still running around, just like chickens. rainy days and its tag line "take your time" seem very, very far removed from our reality now. So in this hectic period I suggest we dedicate these links to the 24 hours of the day that go by too quickly and are never enough. Let's just hope time slows down a bit this weekend.

* RJ Andrews at Info We Trust used the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey to create a poster that illustrates how great minds (used to) manage their time. We've found out that Beethoven counted his coffee beans every morning (60!), that Mozart slept five hours per night and that our composer in residence Tchaikovsky was a pretty healthy man who only spent four hours a day composing.

* Let's catch up on this article from French paper Le Monde: percussionists of the Orchestre national de France performed a 42-minute paleomusic concert. Paleo-what? Four musicians played on 22 pieces of stone dating back from between -2500 to -8000 BC. Prehistoric lithophones, if you will. A project that irritated a few archeologists but still a magical one. As one of the percussionists says: « Il y a, quand on joue ce rapport fugace à l'Histoire, ce sentiment de frapper un instrument dont un autre a joué il y a des milliers d'années… » It does put things into perspective.

* I'm officially the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's number one fan. It may be an April's Fools joke. But this is still to be found in the OAE's shop. And some people would dare complain about our Tchaikovsky puppet? Tssss.

* This April marks the 13th observance of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), launched in 2001 by the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian. This year's theme is Jazz Alchemy: A Love Supreme, to pay tribute to John Coltrane and the 50th anniversary of his studio album, A Love Supreme.

That's it for this week! Have a great weekend! And don't forget to share your good links with us at press@philharmonie.lu.


-- Julie