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Tone Poem Tuesday

 A very short work today! Less than three minutes, courtesy Soviet composer Dimitri Shostakovich. In 1943 Shostakovich entered a contest to write a new national anthem for the Soviet Union. Apparently he did not win, but he was able to … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

 Last week, Dusty Hill died. He was the bass player for ZZ Top. ZZ Top is one of those bands that has been a part of the soundtrack of my life pretty much ever since early-adolescence, when I first became … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday…

 …to the person whose influence on my life includes, among many other things, a love of these various musical numbers. And so many more! (The person in question is my mother, who turns 80 today!) Share This Post

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 The operas of Giachino Rossini are staples of the operatic stage, and the overtures from those operas are staples of the concert world. But even within Rossini’s well-known work, some works are more well-known than others. William Tell and The … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 A contemporary work today, by Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen.Wallen’s family moved to London when she was just two, and it was there that she grew and matured into her professional life as a prolific composer and teacher. Of this … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 There’s a quote by composer Gustav Holst that strongly resonates with me: If nobody likes your work, you have to go on just for the sake of the work. And you’re in no danger of letting the public make you … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday (Friday edition)

 Maybe I should just start calling this feature “Something for Friday”…but then I’ll start screwing it up and it’ll just become “Something for Friday (Saturday edition)”, so why not stick with what’s kinda-sorta working… …anyway, here’s a song by Taylor … Continue reading

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Tone Poem Tuesday

 Returning to the work of Black American composer William Grant Still today, and yet another work by a Black composer that makes me think, “Why have I never heard that before?” It’s a work of American Impressionism called Kaintuck, and … Continue reading

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Recent Reading!

 It’s been a while since I posted an update on books I’ve been reading, so here’s a bit of catch-up! ::  Edge of Sundown is a noir-mystery set in Chicago, by indie writer Jennifer Worrell. A writer who was once a … Continue reading

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Something for Thursday

 Two selections from the vocal group VOCES8: One is “May It Be”, from the score to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and the other is a setting of a piece called “Nyepi” by Icelandic musician … Continue reading

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