Friday, February 19, 2016

The composer Charles Seeger once made love to his wife on a secluded New England beach after having rapturously worked out the last movement of his Ivesian modernist sound manifesto "Young America". The sounds were all brass and without sopranos; woodwinds sounded out the baritone and 3 vocalist who whisper-sang revolutionist slogans. The final movement was confirmed in Charles' mind by a omen witnessed while the couple balled discreetly on the shore. A family of whales moaned across the water in a call and response to the sounds of Ruth's enthusiastic lovemaking. Notwithstanding his wife Ruth Crawford, an exemplary leftist turned sickly fearful of the sin of formalism, responded to the family of whales in keys of F# and Eb.

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