Thanksgiving Is Ruined

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May 31, 2013
H. Dutilleux

Last week saw the passing of this great but stubbornly non-prolific composer.

The liner notes to this fine (Rostropovich) recording remind us of the explanation of the composer's friend, the late Jean Roy: Dutilleux was "resigned to producing only masterpieces."

[Roy's 1962 book, PrĂ©sences contemporaines seems to be the source of the original quote.]

TiR is exactly the same way.  Except in reverse.

We hold back and work over every post until, if in the end it cannot be suppressed entirely, it is nevertheless perfectly honed and compressed into an irreducible core of pointlessness, crappiness, inscrutability.