Monthly Archives: February 2018

Tone Poem Tuesday

The business of transcription is an interesting one. This is where works that are written for one instrument or group of instruments (or even voices) is rewritten, usually by a different composer than the original, for a different instrument or … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Weekend: Wine and Weirdo Doggies

So every year we celebrate my birthday in late September with a weekend trip to the Apple Harvest Festival in Ithaca, NY. (It’s always a few days after my actual birthday, but that’s fine.) The Wife has despaired of finding … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, My Love!

I’m late getting this posted because we spent most of the day driving (fun road trip, details tomorrow), but today is The Wife’s birthday, so it’s time for my annual repost of memories, thoughts, and observations on how she makes … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

So if you remember the pop music of the 1980s, you remember a band called a-ha, which had one giant hit in the US called “Take On Me”. They followed that up with a couple of less-successful singles (including the … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

Composer Johann Johannsson died the other day. I am not terribly familiar with his music, but I have liked what I’ve heard. He seems to do a lot of atmospheric work that relies on repetition of motifs and long, slow … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

In honor of tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, here’s one of the most famous musical treatments of one of the most famous love stories of all time: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. I just listened to this the other day … Continue reading

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John Mahoney

Actor John Mahoney died the other day. His most famous role was probably Martin Crane, father to Frasier and Niles Crane on Frasier, but he did a lot of work over the years, and for me the most memorable thing … Continue reading

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THE WEST WING and storytelling in miniature

Greetings, Programs! Back in the day, The West Wing was one of my favorite shows. I don’t think it’s aged as well as many, and I’ve found that I have issues with Aaron Sorkin over the years, but still–when the show … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

I’ve listened to this piece four times tonight in succession, so beautiful did I find it. Karl Goldmark was a Hungarian composer in the Romantic era who lived much of his life in Vienna, and as such his music is … Continue reading

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Bad Joke Friday

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