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I was born in the same year as Apple’s Steve Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates. And with that, the resemblance ends. As a member of their demographic, however, I can’t help but be fascinated by their work. I would have been content only to be an observer and consumer of many things Apple and Microsoft […]
Alex Ross, music critic for New Yorker magazine and author of the excellent book The Rest is Noise which I reviewed recently, gave a fascinating lecture to the Royal Philharmonic Society in March on the subject of applause, which can now be read online (PDF). He reminds us that audiences in Mozart's time applauded not […]
Jeffrey Tucker points us to a new book on the history of music in the church in the middle ages: This book is an absolute inspiration. I feel profound gratitude to the author. It is readable and not merely an academic work. The prose is elegant and warm. The "apparatus" in the back is just […]
Chris Rowbury has been reading Ben Zander’s book (one that I also heartily recommend!). Chris was inspired to blog about one of the lessons from the book – not worrying about what you cannot control. From Chris: This incident reminded me of the many times in rehearsal when people are late or don’t […]
If you follow this blog or pay attention to any of the other classical blogs, then you may remember the controversy surrounding Leonard Slatkin a couple of months ago. I pointed to the controversy in this blog post from April 21. Slatkin has responded to the controversy and points to one of the […]
Happy Independence Day!
Yes, we’ve shown it here before, but maybe not on a Monday! A great reminder about diction. Enjoy:
. . . to see your former job advertised. Look everyone, a great university position open in Birmingham, Alabama. Choir sang at ACDA in Spring 2010 – wonderful students and incredible performing venue! For more information.
David Griggs Janower pointed me to this work by Melissa Dunphy. Here is the excerpted text as it appears in the new choral work: “Good morning, committee. My name is Phillip Spooner and I live at 5 Graham Street in Biddeford. I am 86 years old and a lifetime Republican and an active VFW […]