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Tone Poem Tuesday

Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is one of the great stalwart works of all classical music. It’s also a work that…I just don’t like very much. At all. I’ve never warmed to it. It honestly does nothing for me. For years … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

Nope, not back to Leonard Cohen yet either. That should happen next week! Meanwhile, here’s ELO, one of my newest Favorite Bands. (I’ve always liked ELO from afar but I didn’t know their stuff very well. I’ve been catching up … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

I think that Franz von Suppe is to this blog as cream of mushroom soup is to Mark Evanier’s. Whenever Evanier is really busy, he posts a picture of a can of cream of mushroom soup. I tend to do … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

I know I said that we were doing Leonard Cohen month, but…I’m really not feeling like trying to write insightful stuff about anything right now. I’m still in “Let the world wash over me” mode. Here, instead, is “Spiegel im … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

I’m sure there will be something else on my mind eventually, but for now…no.   Share This Post

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Something for Thursday (Leonard Cohen edition)

For purposes of this weekly feature, let’s make the balance of September “Leonard Cohen Month”. Cohen was born in September 1934, and I feel like focusing on him a bit and waiting twelve years for his centennial doesn’t seem all … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

Today we have a work of the kind that I find deeply challenging to write about, because I know so very little about this whole approach to music in the first place. It’s an avant-garde piece by 20th century Greek-French composer … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

In honor of his eighty-seventh birthday today, here is conductor Seiji Ozawa leading the Vienna Philharmonic in Strauss’s overture to Die Fledermaus. Happy birthday, Maestro Ozawa! Share This Post

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Tone Poem Tuesday

There’s something particularly fascinating about the composers who labored in the Soviet Union in the 20th century. These artists had to walk a very fine line between personal expression and the creation of art that would earn the approval of … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

Here’s a sad song about a relationship coming to an end. Gordon Lightfoot wrote “If You Could Read My Mind” about his own divorce, and the lyrics are shot through with the bitterness of a man who realizes that the … Continue reading

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