The Sound Post: An Information Exchange

Virginia Hunt, a longtime participant at Golden Chamber Music weekends and Webmaster for the website, passed away July, 2018. Read a Tribute to Virginia by her friend and chamber music partner, Sylvelin Bouwman .

one outstanding potluck dish

Bowing to overwhelming demand, Jan Clark has agreed to share the recipe for the highly popular salad she prepared for the May 2016 potluck supper.

Watermelon-Tomato Salad

1 cup cubed seedless watermelon

3 medium multicolored tomatoes, cored and cut into chunks

1 small English cucumber, cut into chunks

1/4 cup sliced pickled red onions

1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh mint

1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil

3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper


Toss together watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, mint and basil in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pour oil mixture over watermelon mixture, and toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasongs, if desired.

Serves: 4

Active time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

If you brought a dish that was as successful, feel free to submit a recipe to share.

Landfillharmonic Orchestra

The Joy of Good Music in Paraguay

The Landfillharmonic Orchestra represents an opportunity for children in this third-world country to be exposed to the works of Bach and Beethoven via instruments from an incredible source.

Two YouTube videos show and tell this highly unlikely story:
1. Teaser video
2. Full-length video (11+ minutes)

What is It? Wonder of Nature? Mirage? Computer sleight of hand?

Whatever it is, the combination of islands, water, hills and trees, with the aid of some of the water's reflective powers, seem to have created the image of a violin. Or, on the other hand, perhaps some frustrated violinist found it easier to make art in Photoshop.... We'll never know.

Scene from nature

Inspiration and Fugitive Tones

A cellist who wishes to remain anonymous reports, "I schlepped my Sleepy Hollow folder to the gathering in September, and it included this set of homemade haiku from 5 years ago. They were a group effort that year out of condo #18! I thought it might be fun to post them. The nineteenth-century artist Thomas Moran is known for his watercolor illustrations of Yellowstone. Many of the colors used by Moran changed over time from their original appearance, and hence are called 'fugitive tones.' We liked the musical variation on 'fugitive tones'."

#18 Haiku Collection

Inspiration fails.
Joy flees, leaving in its wake
the fugitive tones.

Inspiration flags,
but happily returns with
its fugitive tones.

Inspiration calls:
intimate conversation
with fugitive tones.

Inspiration rings,
resounding with certain joy
from fugitive tones.

Inspiration shines:
evanescent mastery
in fugitive tones.

Strad magazine web banner

The Strad magazine website carries a bizarre story about a violinist who sues an 88-year-old judge in an age-discrimination case. Start with the Strad story, which links to a New York Daily News version.

What Do You Have to Share?

We would love to see your photos or hear about your special events. All you have to do is email them to the webmaster.

Or perhaps you're looking for a piece of music or hard-to-find recording. Again, just email your description, requirements and/or photos to the webmaster.

Mozart Group video

A Most Amazing Ensemble

All serious musicians will want to check out the video link to these remarkable Polish musicians who call themselves the Mozart Group.

If, by any chance, you don't think the group lives up to its billing, feel free to complain to Sam, who submitted the link to this YouTube flick.

Op. 130 Presto page
Library of Congress website

It's the first page of the score for the Presto movement of Beethoven's Op. 130–as Written in His Own Hand

At right is the home page of the Library of Congress Music Treasures Consortium website from the LOC Performing Arts Encyclopedia, and it's loaded with images of full original manuscripts in PDF form for downloading at various sizes, copies of original letters of composers, oodles of research materials plus links to similar research materials at the British Library, Harvard University's Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, the Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace Library, the Morgan Library & Museum, and the New York Public Library.

A trip to this website is well worth the effort, but be warned: This site is addictive and we will not be responsible for lost time, lost meals, lost income or any other material loss involved in your going there.