Category Archives: Fun Research Tidbit

Jan DeGaetani Juilliard Student 1951-1955

Friends, Some more work on the Juilliard years: If you encounter a great teacher once in your lifetime, you are one of the blessed. I can count many, many, among them Henry Brant, Norman Lloyd, and from my earliest years, … Continue reading

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Taking Root

Friends, Providence. Chaos. The wherewithal to slow down–stop–listen. No matter. I am here now, and this happening. I’ve been in North Mississippi since March 27. My 86-year-old father has been diagnosed, cut on, and is back home in his cabin … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani and Pia Gilbert

I’m back, Friends! Sorta. My trip to Belize pushed me in so many ways; I was sick with the flu when I left the US, and once there, I had two falls, one bad enough to leave me with bruised … Continue reading

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Jan DeGaetani: 4 Days in May

Back in November, during my third visit to the beautiful home she once shared with Phil West on the Hudson, Carole Cowan and I found more treasure in the attic.  After all these years, I’d hoped there was more to … Continue reading

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Excerpt: Shadow, Part Two

Morning, Folks, Here are a couple more sections from my draft-in-progress on Barbara Ann Martin, Jan, and me: 3. Ancient Voices changes a lot of things for a lot of people. Barbara is living in New York and listens to Jan’s … Continue reading

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Shadow

Dear Friends, Sunday evening, I spoke with soprano Barbara Ann Martin about her career, her proximity to  Jan, art, music, the journey. Because of that conversation, I’ve been making a draft of a new lyric section for the book . Here are two … Continue reading

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Mentor

Hello, Friends, I’m working on the years Jan studied at Juilliard from 1951-1955. For those of us lucky enough to have studied with Jan, we know the names of her beloved early teachers, men she often spoke of and wrote about … Continue reading

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Mozart in the Jungle

So, I’ve been wanting to write about this gem of a comedy Mozart in the Jungle streaming on Amazon Prime.  I saw its previews a year or so ago, discovered it was “based on” Blair Tindall‘s memoir: Mozart in the Jungle: … Continue reading

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Friday Roundup

It’s Inauguration Day, Friends. I drove 8 hours from Hattiesburg, Mississippi north to Meridian, into Alabama, then Georgia, and finally crossed into Tennessee at Chattanooga. Less than two hours later, I arrived at my hotel in Knoxville for the night. … Continue reading

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Sergius Kagen

Friends, Some story and writing about Sergius Kagen… Sergius Kagen sat at the piano in his Juilliard studio, pipe clenched between teeth, and awaited the arrival of Janice Ruetz. At the end of his repertoire class, she’d asked to speak … Continue reading

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