Screens Apart

These are strange times. There is a late 19th century pump organ half-assembled in my living room. It needed a few leaks repaired, but I primarily took it apart in the early days of the "Great Lockdown" to see how it worked. They are miraculous little instruments. Who knew? Today, after several months, I finally …

The Irrelevance of Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps

COMPOSER Lei Liang’s 2018 chamber opera, Inheritance, may not contain the clearest voice in the chorus of modern art music. In fact, it’s terrible. John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean is a more mature representative of the make and mold being applauded by the patrons of the arts at present. Inheritance addresses gun violence through the …