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Tone Poem Tuesday

It’s February and Black History Month, a time when I try to spotlight works by Black composers. We start this time with Hannah Kendall, a British composer born in 1984. From her website bio: Known for her attentive arrangements and … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

Sheku Kanneh-Mason and siblings, playing “Redemption Song”. More info to come, but I really wanted to get this up here! I found this a delight. Share This Post

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Tone Poem Tuesday

It’s not terribly surprising to learn that Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was one of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s early influences; after all, Rimsky-Korsakov was a gigantic name in Russian music in the late 19th century, second only to Tchaikovsky. Even in his maturity, when … Continue reading

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A song for a random Saturday

I don’t have anything else to post today, so I’ll offer up a random song: “Scythe Song” by Dougie Maclean. This wonderful song is about the relationship between master and student, and how true mastery often involves repeated practice in … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

I don’t remember who tweeted about this song the other day, but they basically said something along the lines of, “Sometimes you need a Swedish metal song about the soldiers who protected the Pope during the sack of Rome in … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

Staying Rachmaninoff-adjacent, as opposed to posting about Rachmaninoff directly: Rachmaninoff learned much from the great master of the Russia of his youth, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky met Rachmaninoff when the younger composer was still a teenaged student, and he gave … Continue reading

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“Oh my darling….”

There’s a frankly ghastly anti-smoking ad that seems to be showing up on teevee a bit of late; I’ve seen it nearly every day during visits to my parents. I’m not embedding the damned thing here, but if you MUST … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

It’s late in the day, almost 6pm, and I still haven’t posted. I wasn’t even sure what to post…and then I see that David Crosby has died. Here are Messrs. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.   Share This Post

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Tone Poem Tuesday

Expect a lot of Rachmaninoff on this site this year, as it’s the great composer’s 150th birth year. Today doesn’t quite see Rachmaninoff directly…but a piece by a teacher of his. Sergei Taneyev succeeded Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky at the Moscow … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday: Farewell, Jeff Beck

Sad news from the music world yesterday: guitarist Jeff Beck has died. He had a long and unconventional career, which led to some amazing music-making. This song was my introduction to his guitar work, and it quickly became one of … Continue reading

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