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Tone Poem Tuesday

Jean Sibelius wrote The Bard in 1913, when he was entering the late period of his compositional life. The work has little by the way of orchestral fireworks; while there is power, this is no showpiece. It is instead a work … Continue reading

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Farewell, Paddy Moloney

Paddy Moloney, the great front-man for the Celtic band The Chieftains, has died. He was 83. In my musical life, Paddy Moloney ranks very high. Very high. When I list musical figures who shaped my world and the way it … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

I watched the Blue Origin flight yesterday, in which William Shatner joined three others in the very short up-and-back-again space shot yesterday in Jeff Bezos’s interestingly-shaped spacecraft. I have to admit to a certain amount of cynicism as I’ve watched … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

A few weeks ago we finally introduced Richard Strauss to this ongoing feature, and now we continue! When I wrote about Eine Alpensinfonie, I noted that I came to Strauss at the end of his tone-poem career: though he composed a … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

Compilation-arrangements that gather selections from Broadway musicals are a long-time staple of “pops” concerts everywhere, and for good reason: when they are done well, there’s a certain kind of charm to these compilations in their own right. Robert Russell Bennett … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

I used this piece as part of my 2020 exploration of Beethoven over on Byzantium’s Shores, but it’s a cracking good piece and it even feels appropriate, given my shift to this space as my primary blogging home now. Beethoven wrote … Continue reading

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