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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Kurt Atterberg, Symphony No. 3 (1914) “West Coast Pictures”

Another symphony from my favorite composer, Kurt Atterberg, has been shared on YouTube. If you are inclined to let the title guide you as the music evokes images in your mind, keep in mind that Atterberg was Swedish, and so the West Coast in the title is that of Sweden and not the United States. [Read More...]

Peder Gram – Symphony No. 3 in E minor Op. 35 (1954)

A 20th century composer from Denmark. You may not expect to like “classical” music, but keep in mind that technically this isn’t “classical” – it is modern music of the late Romantic style, from a period which also shaped what has become characteristic film music. And so it is unsurprising that the person who shared [Read More...]


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