In the late fifties and early sixties it seemed that virtually every jazz musician was awed by the creative endeavors of tenor and soprano saxophonist John Coltrane. Likewise, many music lovers were attracted to his musical mastery and far-reaching improvisational explorations. The earlier Coltrane work might have gone almost unnoticed but when he formed his… Continue reading Chasin’ the Trane
In the first presentation of Reincarnated Masters we looked at the line of Bach-Mozart-Schubert and Brahms. Beethoven was absent from this lineage because I believe he was part of another one – that is: Beethoven to Vincent van Gogh to John Coltrane. These three artists in quite different fields, the first a composer, the second… Continue reading Reincarnated Masters? Part 2
Reincarnated Masters? It is a strange fact that for 200 years a regular succession of Western master composers followed each other. J.S. Bach, a dour north German, was born in 1685 and died in 1750 at age 65. Six years later a young blinding Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, came into the world and… Continue reading Reincarnated Masters?
Stanley Kubrick Born July 26 (The Day of the Symbolic Herald) The film director Stanley Kubrick had a long list of impressive films to his credit, probably of higher quality than any other American filmmaker. Just scanning the list of his works makes one aware of how magnificent his film achievement really was: – The… Continue reading Stanley Kubrick
Thomas Eakins and Maxfield Parrish Born July 25 (The Day of Quixotic Exploits) Although Eakins (1844-1916) and Parrish (1870-1966) were of different generations, their lives shared a great deal in common. Both were born in Philadelphia, both attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (where Eakins also taught), but most importantly both were staunchly… Continue reading T. Eakins & M. Parrish
Alexandre Dumas, Sr. Born July 24 (The Day of Exciting Instability) For those of us who grew up with a favorite adventure story in novel form, The Count of Monte Cristo has proved to be the tale of choice for many. Although the interrelationships between its many characters are highly complex, the basic story line… Continue reading Alexandre Dumas, Sr.
Raymond Chandler Born July 23 (The Day of Uncertainty Resolvers) “The voice on the telephone seemed to be sharp and peremptory, but I didn’t hear too well what it said – partly because I was only half awake and partly because I was holding the receiver upside down. I fumbled it around and grunted. “… Continue reading Raymond Chandler
Alexander Calder and Edward Hopper Born July 22 (The Day of Occupational Fluctuation) Alexander Calder and Edward Hopper both made significant contributions to American art. Although they each explored several art disciplines, Calder was known primarily as a sculptor, who first created the hanging objects called mobiles, and Hopper as a painter. Both were born… Continue reading A. Calder & E. Hopper