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December 06, 2013

Experts' Expert: Tim Page selects 10 unparalleled works of art


Robert Burton: "The Anatomy of Melancholy" (1621)

Ludwig van Beethoven: "Grosse Fuge" (1826)

Alessandro Moreschi: "The Last Castrato" (1902-1904)

D.W. Griffith: "Intolerance" (1916)

James Joyce: "Ulysses" (1922)

John Cage: "4'33"" (1952)

Alain Resnais: "Last Year at Marienbad" (1962)

Alvin Lucier: "I Am Sitting in a Room: (1970)

Thomas Pynchon: "Gravity's Rainbow" (1973)

Maya Lin: The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial (1982)


From Page's January 2, 2004 Washington Post story: "Most, in their sheer, flinty strangeness, have remained monoliths, as mysterious in their way as Stonehenge. If there is any tie that binds, it is their unrepeatability. It is impossible to imagine a sequel to any of them; they create new forms, live out their lives and then break their own molds."

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Great video, Peachy!

Old Stravinsky nailed it in that comment at the end, too.

Posted by: Flautist | Dec 7, 2013 7:41:10 PM

The comment at 0:38 is priceless.


Posted by: Joe Peach | Dec 7, 2013 6:01:45 PM

I wonder what the "several cures" of melancholy were in 1621. Did they involve leeches?

Posted by: tamra | Dec 7, 2013 5:13:55 PM

This struck me as a melancholy collection. Especially Beethoven's Grosse Fuge. It left me depressed. Had to play Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik to restore my happiness.

Posted by: antares | Dec 7, 2013 4:54:23 PM

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