Commenter CMS has left a nice story about Shinryu Suzuki Roshi and the early days of the San Francisco Zen Center in the comments section of my post about A. J. Ayer yesterday. (Comments have been good lately: my man Graham Larkin, Tha Notorious B. G. L., plus various thoughts on the annual AMS hoo-hah.)
Anyway, I followed the link CMS provided to his own blog, and found a wonderful memorial to Tom Binkley, the capo of the Indiana University early music program back in the days when I was at Indiana. I had a piano AI office up on the third floor of the old MU building from 1991 to 1993, which meant that I was neighbors with Binkley’s early music institute. (The “early music trolls,” as we called them. In a nice way!) Binkley died in 1995, I think — one of a string of big losses to the school. In the time since I was there (I left in 1993), Binkley, Josef Gingold, Gyorgy Sebok, Franco Gulli, Enrica Gulli-Cavallo, Michel Block, and Leonard Hokanson have all passed away.* The last two were my teachers, and at some point I’ll write a little appreciation of them. But right now it’s nice to see someone pour a 40 out for Tom Binkley.
*And, on the musicology side, let us not forget A. Peter Brown.