In Honor of Martin Luther King

Swedish composer Jan Carlstaedt’s Symphony No. 2, “A Symphony of Brotherhood,” was completed in 1968, and was in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. [Read more...]

Miklós Rózsa – Sinfonia Concertante

If you think you don’t know any music by Miklós Rózsa you are almost certainly wrong. If you’ve seen Ben Hur, he composed the soundtrack. Rózsa wrote wonderful concert music as well as composing film scores. This is one example – if you like it, I encourage you to listen to the rest of the piece, and [Read More...]

Alexander Glazunov – Symphony No.2 in F# minor op.16

My favorite symphony by this great Russian composer of the Romantic era. [Read more...]

Butler’s Performance

I only caught the nail-biting final half hour or so of the Butler vs. Marquette basketball game. That was because I was watching another Butler performance. At Clowes Memorial Hall, the Butler Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with a number of other individuals and groups, performed several pieces: Michael Henson’s “We Didn’t See Them As Human,” Sergei [Read More...]

Celestial Gate

An amazingly beautiful composition by 20th century composer Alan Hovhaness, his Symphony No. 6, “Celestial Gate.” [Read more...]

Schelomo

I had the privilege of attending a concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater tonight. It featured cellist Zuill Bailey as soloist on Ernest Bloch's Schelomo and Nico Muhly's new Cello Concerto, together with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. They also performed Camille Saint-Saens' Symphony No.3, the “Organ Symphony.” It was wonderful! I had heard Schelomo several [Read More...]

The Definitive Version

Today I rewatched the J. J. Abrams Star Trek movie, this time with my son (and I have to note that the movie is on sale on Amazon.com for $4.29!). I appreciated it even more than the first time I saw it. The extent to which the actors who play the roles are believable as [Read More...]

Kurt Atterberg, Symphony No. 5

One of the symphonies by one of my favorite composers which I’ve listened to the least often -having listened to it again today, I honestly have no idea why I haven’t listened to it more often. It was apparently uploaded to YouTube recently, and now I’ve shared it here for your listening pleasure! [Read more...]

Inspiring Music for the First Day of Classes: Ture Rangström’s Symphony No.2 in D minor, “Mitt land” (1919)

Ture Rangström, Symphony No.2 in D minor, “Mitt land” (1919) [Read more...]

Kurt Atterberg, Symphony No.2

Another recording of my favorite piece of music has appeared on YouTube, Kurt Atterberg’s Second Symphony. The opening and closing sections of the second movement take my breath away. [Read more...]

Hubert Parry, Symphony No. 2 “Cambridge”

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