THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Pag T w o T H E M IC HIG A N D AIL Y W ednesday, M arch 15, 1 197211 11 " - - -
Wednesday, March 15, 1972
A gamut of
By DONALD SOSIN
The Boston Symphony Cham-
ber Players gave an altogether
wonderful concert in Rackham
last night, sponsored by the
University Musical Society.
Two string trios formed the
central portion. The first was
Schoenberg's, written in 1946. It
is a highly complex twelve-tone
work, but is nonetheless expres-
sive in terms that hearken back
to the turnof the century and
the end of the romantic period.
The trio played with the ease
and assurance that comes from
performing the work often. One
missed in the first part, how-
ever, the precision of rhythmic
figures that is so characteris-
Beethoven's Trio Op. 9, No. 3
followed; it contains vestiges of
earlier piano trios while fore-
shadowing the stringquartets to
come. The slow movement was
jammed somewhat by the wood-
winds warming up beneath the
stage, and it bothered the mu-
sicians enough for Joseph Silver"-
stein to rise and call down to
his colleagues, "This is a string
trio!" causing no end of amuse-
ment in the audience. The trio
-went on without fu'rther inter-
ruption, topping a typically ter-
rific Scherzo with a furious
Finale. The only hitch was in
balance: the viola frequently
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muffled the violin. Perhaps Sil-
verstein was being too cautious.
There was no need to be, as
Burton Fine and Jules Eskin
were clearly heard throughout.
The concert opened with an
innocuous Quartet for Bassoon
and Strings in B-flat by the
eighteenth-century c o m p o s e r
Franz Danzi. What differentiates
this work form chamber works
of Haydn or Mozart is its pre-
dictability. Nevertheless, it fell
gently on the ear and was given
a smooth reading by Sherman
Walt and the string players.
Heitor Villa-Lobos will not be
remembered for his Woodwind
Quartet (1928). One looks for the
Brazilian tunes that made him.
well-known, and finds little more
than studious patterns that oc-
casionally work well, but too of-
ten confirm the expectations of
those who left before the work
For more fine Boston musi-
cianship, the whole orchestra is
in Hill Auditorium tonight under
By SHERRY COTTIER
The five ink and pencil draw-
ings and three woodcuts of
Leonard Baskin currently on
display at the U-M Museum of
Art, reflect Mr. Baskin's histor-
ical perspective as well as his
ability to portray a whole gamut
of emotional tensions.
Son of a rabbi, and a former
student. of the rigorous Jewish
school known as the. Yeshiva,
Mr. Baskin's Jewish heritage is
also evident in the show.
Many of the prints, gifts 'of
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Stone and
the Stephen and Sybil Stone
Foundation, depict a recurring
theme. in Baskin's work : man
rediscovered through death, his-
tory, and the creative urge.
While Baskin has been ac-
cused of being a morbid cele-
brant of death, the only repre-
sentation of death in this col-
lection-is "Death Of The Laure-
ate." This print, cut in 1957, is
in sequence to another print of
two years earlier, "The Poet
Laureate." Both depict a rather
fat, particularly undistinguished
In "Death Of The Laureate"
the process of decay is pictured
through the intricate webb of
muscular lines and gapping
black holes. A hand, shriveled
but whole, lies across an other-
wise barren chest. The print
moved me to reflection but not
"Death Of The Laureate" il-
lustrates Baskin's statement,
"I've tried hard in my work to
make the ordinary person heroic
through the fact of his human-
ity-my figures are the fat guys
you see in the subway or on the
bus." The poet laureate is sure-
ly ordinary looking, and I began
to conjecture about the distinc-
tion of everyday man.
Subjects of Mr. Baskin's his-
torical perspective are Merlin,
the magician who reared Ar-
thur; Marat, of Marat Sade;
Haman, the -kings attendant
who plotted against the Jews in
the Book of Esther; and a fig-
ure of court.
"Haman," an ink and pencil
drawing of 1955, is another fat
man with recessed eyes. Yet he
is not totally disagreeable. The
thin lines covering his face em-
anate a feeling of human stress,
of distrust. My reaction to him
is uncertain, for he too is human.
"Marat" is a portrait of utter
anguish and introversion. As in
"Death Of The Laureate" the
lines illustrate body structure
while areas of dark, seemingly
turbulent ink, emphasize tor-
ment. We see a man growing
weaker, with only one eye open
to the world, but a man still
Baskin celebrates man's cre-
ative power as well as "making
ing interconnections with men
of past time." He says, "I think
man, however debased, paunchy,
and victimized by a malignant
world is still glorious."
This glorification of man is
evident in the portrait "Merlin"
which stimulates our fairy tale
fancy of magical powers as well
as our sense of the past. De-
picted with owl on head and im-
prisoned in his hollow tree, Mer-
lin's eyes and the glare of the
owl are immediately affecting.
I couldn't help but imagine
what Arthur must have felt.
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"Dutch Artist," another re-
flection of man's creative urge,
shows one man in a state of
calm yet powerful reverie. This
ink and pencil drawing of 1962
pictures a man of detached per-
ception who suddenly appears to
be studying you while you study
Reflecting Baskin's sense. of
Judaic tradition' is "Yom Kip-
pur," which derives its name
from the Jewish day of atone-
ment, a day of fasting. The man
in the picture is depicted with
mouth open and reflects suffer-
ing, but not anguish.
Juxtaposed beside "Marat,"
"Yom Kippur" is much less in-
tense. The areas of solid black
are absent and the ink takes on
more the nature of a wash. An
interesting study in the subtle-
ties of emotion.
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Baskin has also been charac-
terized as portraying the -most
evil-looking creatures of nature,
as in his depiction of crows.
But he says, "Crows are hard-
ly ignoble, which is why they
interest me. Crows are bright,
cunning, noisy, indefatigable,
voracious, prodigal." The crow
in this particular collection is
quite stately. I was tempted to
think of a hooded abbot.
Baskin's subjects are interest-
ing and his use of black and
white admirable. The collection,
although small, is evocative.
Gilbert and Sullivan's "lost" Opera
presented by the U of M Gilbert and Sullivan Society
March 17-18,,8:00 P.M.
"Summer of '42"
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PILOT PROGRAM Presents
THE ISLAND (1961)'y
7 and 9:30-Alice's Restaurant
Alice Lloyd Hall f
Wednesday, March 15-75c
The Island tells in simple, but poetic, terms
the story of one family's struggle 'for sur-
vival as the sole inhabitants of a small
island. A directional tour-de-force. The
Island contains no dialogue - the sound
track consists only of the natural sounds of
activity and the musical score.
Plus Special Guest Star
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Fri., March 24, 8:30 p.m.
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