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Charles Shere: books, scores, and recordings
Veinen By Jean Coqt
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A short novel set in the Our river valley, Luxembourg, at various times in the last two thousand years; the third part of Skagen a novel of Europe. (Previously published sections: Skagen; Tarifa.)
Venice: and the idea of permanence By Charles Shere
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Essays on art, cuisine, music, and various other subjects, especially life in Venice, written while living there in June 2001 and June 2014. Includes comments on restaurants visited.
Tarifa: a short novel By Jean Coqt
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The second section of the eccentric novel Skagen a novel of Europe by the reclusive 20th-century writer Jean Coqt, translated into a haunting, lyrical series of meditations by Charles Lunaire.
Skagen: a short novel By Jean Coqt
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A novel for readers with short attention spans, set in and around the village of Skagen on the northern tip of Jutland, Denmark, in and around 1980. Postmodern fiction, probably.
Requiem with Oboe By Charles Shere
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Full score to a short Requiem Mass, with interpolations of poems by Wallace Stevens, set for eight solo voices (or double chorus) with obbligato solo oboe. Composed in 1985.
Improvised Itineraries By Charles Shere
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Walking in Limburg, Belgium, and Luxembourg, staying in small country hotels, eating what we find. Then racing across France looking for cave art, modern opera, old friends — and, always,... More > something good to eat. Travel.< Less
Sonata: Bachelor Machine By Charles Shere
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Charles Shere's first piano sonata, drawn from his opera La Mariée mise à nu par ces célibataires, même, refers to the lower half of Marcel Duchamp's painting. In three... More > movements, it alternates between abrupt, mechanistic percussiveness and soft, lyrical passages.< Less
Concerto for Violin with harp, percussion, and small orchestra By Charles Shere
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In this three-movement programmatic concerto, extracted from an opera based on Marcel Duchamp's painting La Mariée mise à nu par ces célibataires, même, the violin is... More > accompanied by an atmospheric string ensemble and an eccentric, brittle wind and percussion group. Scoring: Solo violin, 2(picc.)-2-2-2/2-2-2-0/harp-pno-3perc./10-6-6-3 Duration ca. 15 minutes Composed 1985; rev. 1989< Less
Three Pieces for Piano By Charles Shere
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Three short pieces for unaccompanied piano.
The Idea of Permanence By Charles Shere
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from the blog The Eastside View, 2011: notes on theater, opera, concert music, and travel, including dispatches from a month in Venice.