Pistis Sophias

The composition is by Andrew Violette, and the score, which is visible in the video, is also available on IMSLP. [Read more...]

Learn Musical Intervals With John Williams

Singers and other musicians often remember musical intervals by reference to famous examples of them – for instance, many of us, if we need to sing a perfect 4th, think “Here Comes the Bride.” It struck me recently to look into whether one can do this limiting oneself to John Williams’ film scores: Half step (ascending): Jaws [Read More...]

Amazing Grace Sunday

At Crooked Creek Baptist Church today we celebrated “Amazing Grace Sunday,” which included multiple versions of the traditional hymn and other songs that had some connection to that hymn or its theme. I don’t have a recording, but here are some videos from YouTube to give you a hint of what was involved. We opened the service with a [Read More...]

Happy Easter!

Take a look at the Easter page on the Patheos website for verbal reflections on the subject. The video above features a brief excerpt from Latvian Baptist composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. [Read more...]

Nielsen’s Violin Concerto

I listened to Carl Nielsen’s Violin Concerto again recently, and I realized that I had forgotten how wonderful it is. It deserves to be heard far more often than it is, and so enjoy this recording with Baiba Skride as soloist. [Read more...]

Father Forgive Our Musicians

I laughed out loud when I saw the picture above, to which someone on Facebook had added a comment that this church clearly doesn’t think very highly of its worship musicians! [Read more...]

Monti’s Czardas

A video from today’s Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Concerto Concert, held at Broadway United Methodist Church here in Indianapolis. [Read more...]

Mandaean Music

One of the best questions I was asked after my recent talk about the Mandaeans was from a music professor, who asked whether the Mandaeans have a distinctive musical tradition. I did not know the answer, and still do not, but the question is an important one, and I hope that some musicologist might one [Read More...]

Doubt (Work of Wolves)

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To The Name Above Every Name

Arnold Bax is a neglected composer over all, but his works for choir are even more neglected than some of the rest of his compositions. [Read more...]

The Veils of Salome

Biblical Studies Online shared videos from a conference about Salomé in reception history. The video above is about Salomé in the New Testament and early Christianity. Click through for the rest of the videos. [Read more...]


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