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Tone Poem Tuesday

I make an attempt every now and then, maybe once every year or two, to acquaint myself with the music of Alan Hovhaness, and I invariably come up short. I don’t really know why, but I’ve yet to find a … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

I really like ABBA, and I do not apologize for this. Jeff Tweedy, though–singer and guitarist for Wilco–once upon a time did not like ABBA, but he got better. I am currently reading Tweedy’s book World Within a Song: Music that Changed … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

Johann Strauss II’s music is always featured heavily at the New Year’s From Vienna concerts, and this overture shows up on that concert’s program fairly often. Die Fledermaus is an operetta by Strauss that I’ve never seen, though on the basis of … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

Once in a while I get on a kick where I listen to this song a lot. What do the lyrics mean? I have no idea. Who cares! Here are The Killers with “Human”.

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Tone Poem Tuesday

The Maker, a.k.a. Uncle George, a.k.a. George Lucas, turns 80 years old today. My life without George Lucas’s influence would be very, very different. Some music, then! Nope, nothing from Star Wars today. Why not look elsewhere just this once?  

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Two hundred years and two days ago, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor was heard for the first time, in Vienna. The bulk of this post is what I wrote about this symphony three-and-a-half years ago, and the performance … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

French composer Charles Gounod is probably the closest thing Hector Berlioz had to a successor in the musical world; Berlioz was too much the iconoclast to really found a “school” of composition reflective of his own thought. Gounod, however, counted … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

There was news this week on the TRON front: Jeff Bridges is returning to the franchise for the third film that is apparently getting made soon. I’m a longtime TRON fan, all the way back to the original film in 1982, and … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

The other day may or may not have been William Shakespeare’s birthday. Seems as good a reason as ever to listen to some Shakespeare-inspired music!  

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Tone Poem Tuesday

NPR has a podcast called the Open Ears Project: Part mix tape, part sonic love-letter, the Open Ears Project is a daily podcast where people share the classical track that means the most to them. Each episode offers a soulful … Continue reading

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