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Piano Entanglements

In the spring, while stuck at home avoiding the coronavirus, I read Lea Singer’s forthcoming novel, The Piano Student, which tells the story of Vladimir Horowitz’s affair with a 23-year-old male protege, Nico Kauffman. Drawing from Horowitz’s actual letters to Kauffman, Singer depicts a forbidden relationship in which Horowitz vacillates between ardently declaring his love […]

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Transformed By Absence

On Philip Kennicott’s Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning By · Images Sketches for an unidentified production of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” © Richard Rychtarik / New York Public Library · Date 2/4/2020 As the Midwestern fall turned into a frigid, icy winter, I listened to Glenn Gould playing Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and read […]