Monthly Archives: August 2016

Tone Poem Tuesday

[Oops. Saved as draft and forgot to publish, as I do. Frequently.] This work by Richard Wagner is about as far as you can get from his huge, enormous, dense opera scores. Wagner composed this tone poem for chamber orchestra … Continue reading

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Gene

“But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted…. He lived happily ever after.” Share This Post

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Rainbows, flames, and giant ducks

Last week I picked my mother up at the airport, and it was right after a rain storm had passed through. We don’t get many rainbows in this area, so it’s always exciting when we do! (I remember when we … Continue reading

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Symphony Saturday

There are times when the circumstances of a given work’s creation almost inexorably lead to conclusions about its nature that probably aren’t quite true. Such is the case with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor, which concluded his symphonic … Continue reading

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Twelve….

Sorry for not having a bad joke today, but I’m feeling a bit contemplative as today is Little Quinn’s birthday. He should be turning twelve. Alas, he is not. Share This Post

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Something for Thursday

There’s a little viral-game running around Facebook right now, in which if someone tags you, you post the cover of a music album you consider to be a great album. You are not tasked with defending the album in any … Continue reading

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Looking ahead: setting goals for the rest of 2016 and into 2017!

As we head into the final third of 2016, it’s worth looking ahead, both to the conclusion of this year but into the next. So here’s what I hope to get done over the next sixteen months and change! via … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

Antonin Dvorak wrote five major symphonic poems in his life, of which we hear the last today. A Hero’s Song has no specific program to describe or illuminate its action, and some have concluded that it is partially autobiographical. I … Continue reading

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Symphony Saturday

In researching a little for this post, I discovered that Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor is not universally beloved. Shocking, but true: some critics find the finale “insincere and crude”. Well, really. While I’ve had issues with a … Continue reading

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Bad Joke Friday

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