Coffee Cantata

Via Marc Cortez, I learned that today was International Coffee Day, and that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a satirical cantata about coffee, “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht.” If you click through, Marc has 16 other things you may not have known about coffee! [Read more...]

Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres!

This is the epilogue from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Christmas cantata “Hodie,” which adapts the words from Milton’s “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity“: Ring out, ye crystal spheres, Once bless our human ears, If ye have power to touch our senses so; And let your silver chime Move in melodious time, And let the bass [Read More...]

Christus Apollo: Religion, Science Fiction, and Music

SF Signal has a guest post about science fiction music. The focus of that post is on instrumental music, and in that category one album that comes to mind is Mike Oldfield’s “Songs of Distant Earth,” named after the novel by Arthur C. Clarke. But if one branches out to vocal music, then there is [Read More...]


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