A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 18

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“Virgo virginum praeclara” from Agustino Steffani’s Stabat Mater. Virgo virginum præclara,mihi iam non sis amara,fac me tecum plangere. Virgin of all virgins blest,Listen to my fond request,let me share thy grief divine. Attribution(s): “Crucifixion” by Evgraf Semenovich Sorokin and licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons;” Bells” via Shutterstock. [Read more...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 17

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Taking things in a different direction once again — tacking away from yesterday’s Early (If Strange) Sacred Music — for something much more recent. Something even more unusual (despite the undeniable strangeness of Gesualdo). And something that is also, in a bit of a departure from my prior selections, much longer. It’s the nearly-contemporary (1981, [Read More...]

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SVS: “20 Feet from Stardom”

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This year’s Oscar-winning documentary, Citizenfour, is not currently available for streaming. At least not legally. Yet. Unless you’ve got HBOGo. A couple of the others — Last Days in Vietnam and Finding Vivian Maier – can be rented from Amazon Instant. And Virunga belongs to Netflix, so it’s available. But the winner? Nope. No can do. So if you [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 16

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Fresh off yesterday’s brief (but super-exciting) detour through Rachmaninoff’s Vigil, here’s the last of our “O vos omneses.” (At least for now). This one’s from the Late Italian Rennaisance composer (and nobleman and…ahem…murderer) Carlo Gesualdo. His stuff’s astonishingly dissonant (given his era) and wonderfully unpredictable, and this piece is pretty much a perfect example. (Just listen to how quickly it [Read More...]

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I Can Almost See Springtime From Here. Almost.

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The arrival of Springtime(-ish) in Wyoming is always a bit of a moving target. We’ve had some early Springs in our eight years (meaning something sort of April-y) and we’ve had some late ones (falling a bit more in the mid-to-late May range). But it’s all part of the charm, right? Besides, as Sean (Second Son) remarked [Read More...]

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URGENT PSA: Charles Bruffy’s Choirs and Rachmaninoff’s Vigil, Now Streaming on iTunes Radio

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In the past few days, as part of #MyLentInMusic project, I have spoken of my attachment to the wonderful work of Charles Bruffy and his Chorales — both Phoenix and Kansas City. What I have not yet spoken of (but which is no less true) is my attachment to the wonderful (and wonderfully Lenten) All-Night Vigil of Sergei [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 14

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Inspired by yesterday’s selection, here’s another setting of “O vos omnes,” this time from the masterful Tomás Luis de Victoria. This particularly setting serves as the fourteenth of his Tenebrae Responsories, of which there are eighteen. All are worthy additions to any Lenten Listening List. (And all are here, thanks to The Sixteen.) O vos omnes qui [Read More...]

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow(s)

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“She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 13

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Today’s Lenten musical selection is a traditional Holy Week motet from the lengthily-monikered Pau Carles Salvador Casals i Defilló: “O vos omnes.” Master Defilló (aka, Pablo Casals) is perhaps better known — OK, surely better known – for his transcendent performances as a cellist than for his compositions (or for his significant contributions as a teacher). And while his fame as a [Read More...]

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SSF: “Garuda”

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David Wolter, the creator of the great little short I posted last week — “Eyrie” – brought this week’s short to my attention when he listed it as his favorite ever. And while I’m more of a “Geri’s Game” man myself, it’s easy to see what he loves here. Wonderful imagery, simultaneously Escherish and impressionistic. And also just [Read More...]

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