A marathon of vexations.
Pianist Igor Levit on livestreamed Erik Satie’s “Vexations,” a solo of four lines repeated 840 times, to evoke the crisis facing artists during the coronavirus pandemic.
From a New York Times report:
“Vexations” performances are extremely rare, and typically presented as a roughly 19-hour relay with a long roster of pianists. But Mr. Levit — accomplishing the unthinkable, if inadvisable — did it alone in a Berlin studio, starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday and finishing at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, relatively early even with scattered intermissions.
See also, a brief conversation between Levit and Alex Ross:
“At some point, you lose the perspective of time—like now. You lose the perspective of an end—like now. I think at some point I will lose the hope that this will ever end—like now. Maybe I won’t make it. It’s just about surviving. Like now.”
Eight minutes and forty-six seconds.
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