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Classical Notes: March 30, 2011 Archive

The Short Version: Mr. Toad's Enthusiasms

Posted at 2:05 PM on March 30, 2011 by Bill Morelock
Filed under: The Short Version

We do take to heart, dear reader/listener, Mr. Mencken's assertion that for every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. The complexity at hand being Robert Schumann's personality--a very complex thing indeed. But this is The Short Version, where time is a tiny tyrant. Allowances must be made, corners must be cut, though great sighs may be sighed. The simple, the neat, the wrong of it, therefore, reside within.


Debussy on Mercury

Posted at 10:38 AM on March 30, 2011 by Daniel Gilliam
Filed under: Claude Debussy, In the media

I don't know if you've followed the Messenger mission, but it's the first spacecraft dedicated to orbiting Mercury - our innermost planet. It was launched in 2004, and just a week ago made it into orbit.

The first pictures arrived yesterday, and I was fascinated by the choice of Messenger's first photographic return: "Debussy and Its Hundreds of Miles of Raysdebussy_2.jpg." "Debussy," in this case is a crater, with prominent rays that extend hundreds of kilometers out.