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Monday, April 10, 2006

Give an Infant a Keyboard, and She’ll Play for a Day…

Posted by on April 10 at 15:03 PM

I have no idea why this is the eighth-most-emailed article on the New York Times web site today. I have no idea why I am linking to it.

Maybe it is this picture of the baby piano Condi was given as an infant:


Maybe it is because of the description of Ms. Rice’s “long, thin fingers.” Maybe it is how Ms. Rice tells her colleagues, “”My tempo is not your tempo.” Maybe I am nostalgic for old-school society pages. I haven’t the slightest clue.

But it is a very dumb article. Don’t read it.

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"It's the time I'm most away from myself, and I treasure it."

Can't say I blame her for trying to get away from herself.

I think it's great someone is willing to stick up for chamber music. Even if it is a gimmick since she's got a big job, she makes a good poster child. Classical music requires a discipline that a lot of other music doesn't, and any kind of acoustic music is tangible and intimate in a way that's not possible through a sound system.

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