"The Ballad of Guiteau" from Assassins by Stephen Sondheim
On Nov. 14, 1881, Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President James A. Garfield. (He was convicted and hanged.)
Sir John Tavener passed away today. He was an incredible composer who unearthed modernitiy in traditional choral and orchestral forms. Song for Athene, famous for being performed at the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales, was my entry point into his work. I remember losing my mind when I heard Alfonso Cuarón had wrangled him to write pieces for Children of Men. I am not a religious person, and though most of Tavener’s compositions are based on religious texts, listening to a Tavener piece is a religious experience for me. Stunning.
Please listen to some Tavener today. He leaves behind an enchanting, haunting, and grand legacy.
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While you wait for the new episode, check out my recap on Vulture!
Honestly, best episode of the season. On par with “Beginnings.” Beautiful.
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The end looks to have begun! Sound off!
Trailer for Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Stunning.
I wish American animation directors were given a chance to make a film that looked this beautiful.
A piece for Grantland!