Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Barenboim's Reith Lectures

Last Friday was the first of this year's Reith Lectures on Radio 4. Daniel Barenboim is talking about music, and how it affects people. A great question from Julian Joseph in the audience prompted him to state that "improvisation is the higest form of art" (or something like that - I'm sure there's a transcript that could appear here.

I was reminded about this by the Front Row newslettter, which is asking people to keep a diary for 24 hours of all the music they hear (whether they choose it or not). If you fancy filling it in before next Wednesday, go here. This is in connection with the second lecture where Barenboim says something about how "Too often, he argues, our ears are exposed to what's commonly known as Muzak, when on the phone, when out shopping, eating or drinking." That's next Friday morning I think.


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