Johan Halvorsen – Symphony No. 2 in D Minor “Fate” (1924)

I love that the person who has made the YouTube channel with all this wonderful music has superimposed science fiction and other futuristic images on them. [Read more…]

Leaving Lethbridge

What is a blog for, if not expressing one’s appreciation? I want to publicly thank everyone who participated in the Research in Religious Studies conference at the University of Lethbridge this weekend, not just for making me feel welcome but also simply for being part of this wonderful event. Special thanks are due to: Jim [Read More…]

Wilhelm Stenhammar Symphony No.2

I love music of the late Romantic era, and Swedish composers in particular. Here is Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Symphony No.2 in G minor op.34 from 1911. [Read more…]

Recipe for Disaster?

I’m in Lethbridge, Canada, and seem to have contracted some sort of gastrointestinal bug. I wouldn’t normally mention such things, but since it hit me last night at Jim Linville’s house, I wanted to deflect blame from him and the food he served. In other circumstances that might not be necessary, but given the incriminating [Read More…]

Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh Revealed

  HT Jonathan Robinson and everyone else who shared it! (via here) UPDATE: The cartoon is apparently by Tim Davis. [Read more…]

Richard Strauss, Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome

In the category of quasi-Biblical music from my favorite era, here is music by Richard Strauss! [Read more…]

Traveling to Lethbridge

I’m traveling to Lethbridge, Canada today to speak at the University of Lethbridge’s Tenth Annual Research in Religious Studies Conference. Jim Linville has made the program available online, as well as saying a bit more about the conference. I may manage to post from there but just in case, I’ve scheduled some posts to ensure [Read More…]

Happy Star Wars Day!

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Doctor Who: The Mind Robber

The Doctor Who episode The Mind Robber ventures into strikingly postmodern ground, as the Doctor and his companions Zoe and Jamie find themselves in the land of fiction. The Doctor uses an emergency feature on the TARDIS to take it outside of time and space. They find themselves in a strange realm which turns out [Read More…]

Erno Dohnányi – Symphony No. 2 in E Major Op. 40 (1945)

If you like this piece by Hungarian composer Ernő Dohnányi, and were previously unfamiliar with his music, be sure to check out his “Variations on a Nursery Tune“!   [Read more…]