Thursday, June 07, 2012

In a discussion about the rivalry of Fort Worth with Dallas I recalled Dallas Public and Private: Aspects of an American City about Dallas before the Kennedy assassination, not so much an indictment as a period piece, a snapshot, which is quite good, motivated by the event. That led to events in Dallas and the September 11, 2011 Symphony performance of Brahms Piano Concerto no. 1 followed by Prokofiev's Symphony no. 5. On meeting the conductor later I told him that the Brahms seemed to mirror the German Way of Warof initiative and maneuver and the Prokofiev the Russian response. He seemed to indicate 'but of course.'

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