2013 has seen fewer pieces here than ever; since the end of December 2012, when I received the announcement I'd been awarded an arts grant for my concert series, I have written little. I am averse to writing record reviews, and so I think from time to …

all that has gone before

Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock; perhaps a hundred times without so much a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.~ Jacob Riis