Nina Makarova – Symphony in D Minor

When I heard this piece, I looked to see what I could learn about the composer. Not only was she a great composer in her own right, but Nina Makarova was also the wife of Aram Khachaturian! [Read more...]

Amazing Grace (to the tune of Open Arms)

When I went to see the musical “Amazing Grace” recently, I found myself thinking about the multiple tunes to which the words have been sung (the most usual tune associated with the lyrics isn’t the ‘original’ tune). We’ve sung it in church to the tune of “Peaceful Easy Feeling” by the Eagles, with an added [Read More...]

Kuhn Rhapsodies

I don’t think I had heard of composer Joseph F. Kuhn before coming across this YouTube video. If you like late Romantic music, and especially piano concertos of that era, you will like this. The video includes three works: Manhattan Rhapsody, Midnight Rhapsody, and Rhapsody d’Amour, all from 1961. There are moments which are highly reminiscent of works like [Read More...]

Who’s On First (Rock and Roll Edition)

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Franco Alfano – Symphony No.2

If you like the above, here’s a bonus piece from the same 20th century Italian composer: [Read more...]

Stars and Sand

Two short compositions by American composer Mary Howe. [Read more...]

Grammar, Music Theory, and Religion

The rules of grammar are often flouted by those who do not know them. But they are also often misunderstood by those who judge people who express themselves in ungrammatical ways. There is no static grammar, because languages evolve. There was a time when languages were rarely written, and even today speaking is more common [Read More...]

Václav Dobiáš Symphony No.2

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Heather Schmidt – Concerto No.3 for Piano and String Orchestra

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Only God

When my pastor recently did a sermon series about controversial topics, I initially wanted to write songs that explored each theme. It soon became clear that that was not a realistic goal. But having found that there were few songs actually about monotheism, and that subject being a scholarly research interest of mine, I did take a stab [Read More...]

Natko Devčić – Ballade for piano and orchestra

This lovely example of 20th century romanticism by Croatian composer Natko Devčić first came to my attention a few days ago. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.   [Read more...]


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