Eventually one of you is going to slap me upside the head with these night owl musical posts. Until then, we soldier on. Tonight we explore the art of the piano.
First up: Mozart, “Rondo alla Turca”, from Piano Sonata no. 11 in A major
Beethoven, “Bagatelle no. 25 in A minor”, otherwise known as “Für Elise”
Chopin’s most famous Nocturne—Op. 9, No. 2
Thelonius Monk, solo from “Round Midnight”
Philip Glass, “Opening” from “Glassworks”
And to end, a poem by Thom Gunn, “The Hug”
It was your birthday, we had drunk and dinedHalf of the night with our old friendWho’d showed us in the endTo a bed I reached in one drunk stride.Already I lay snug,And drowsy with the wine dozed on one side.I dozed, I slept. My sleep broke on a hug,Suddenly, from behind, In which the full lengths of our bodies pressed:Your instep to my heel,My shoulder-blades against your chest.It was not sex, but I could feelThe whole strength of your body set,Or braced, to mine,And locking me to youAs if we were still twenty-twoWhen our grand passion had not yetBecome familial.My quick sleep had deleted allOf intervening time and place.I only knewThe stay of your secure firm dry embrace.
This is your late night / early morning open thread.