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    If I only had a penny for every time I’ve read this in the notes on a coming performance:

    “Each plywood platform will be mounted astride two boats and, in addition to the percussionist, will have an oarsperson onboard to keep the stage steady”

    But more seriously, Jeremy Denk (one of my favorite blogs on the arts) has some great thoughts on programming notes.

    “I’ve never been a big fan of the “imagine how revolutionary this piece was when it was written” school of inspiration. For my money, it should be revolutionary now. (And it is.) Whatever else the composer might have intended, he or she didn’t want you to think “boy that must have been cool back then.” The most basic compositional intent, the absolute ur-intent, is that you play it NOW, you make it happen NOW. “

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