A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 35

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Today’s selection is the “Lacrimosa” segment from the Requiem of Francesco Durante. (The bit that really caught my attention the first time through? The violin in that opening section is almost harsh in its isolation, and contrasts with the chorus in a really effective way. It’s a subtle effect, perhaps. But one that definitely brings a “full [Read More...]

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Sir David Attenborough, Harmless Lunatic

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View image | gettyimages.com Here in the U.S., we have “Shark Week.” In the U.K., they have “Attenborough Week.” Well, they had one, anyway. Last April. To celebrate “the 60 years of amazing Natural History created by Sir David Attenborough.” And as a long-time fan of the man and his work — always interesting, even [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 34

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Dropping back down into the Russians for a moment. (And when I say “down,” I’ve definitely got the Basso Profondos on my mind. The legendary Vladimir Pavlovich Pasyukov, in this case.) The key change that starts around 0:45 is just spine-tingling. Here’s the aforementioned Pavel Chesnokov’s “We Praise Thee.” Attribution(s): “Vladimir Pasyoukov” by Cormag100 is licensed under CC BY-SA [Read More...]

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SSF: “Head Over Heels”

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In early 2013, director Timothy Reckart’s wonderful stop-motion short, Head Over Heels, was part of a ridiculously good class of Best Animated Short nominations at the 85th Academy Awards. John Kahrs’ Paperman (the clear front-runner in the days leading up to the show and the eventual winner) remains the most widely-known of that year’s offerings, while Minkyu Lee’s Adam [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 33

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For today’s musical meditation, English composer Thomas Tomkin’s “I Heard a Voice.” I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, From henceforth, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord: Even so, saith the Spirit: for they rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Attribution(s): “John on Patmos” by [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 32

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Returning to my ancestral roots with “Quis Est Homo,” plucked from one of Czech composer František Ignác Antonín Tůma’s five setting of the “Stabat Mater.” (Yep. Five. Also, the whole setting is really wonderful. So HERE.) Quis est homo qui non fleret,Matrem Christi si videretIn tanto supplicio? Quis non posset contristari,Christi Matrem contemplariDolentem cum Filio? Is there one [Read More...]

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The Moving Genius of Akira Kirusowa

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View image | gettyimages.com Yes, I have already written about Tony Zhou’s web series, “Every Frame a Painting.” Yes, he has released a new episode, “Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement.” Yes, it’s amazing. What else were you expecting his Kurosawa-themed analysis to be? Yes, I’m sharing it with you. I have to live with myself, after all. [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 31

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Antonio Lotti’s “Crucifixus.” The whole piece is powerful stuff, but I would call your attention in particular to the section that begins at the 1:50 mark, where Lotti transitions from “Pontio Pilato” to the suffering and burial of Christ. An astonishing moment. Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato: Passus, et sepultus est. He was [Read More...]

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SVS: “The Station Agent”

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“It’s funny how people see me and treat me, since I’m really just a simple, boring person.” If Tom McCarthy were to make nothing but Bay-y, FX-laden action thrillers from now ’til the end of his career, his debut film would still provide me with enough evidence to forever defend him as an “Actors’ Director.” I speak, of course, [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 30

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I’m always amazed at how little music there is that has been written in honor of Saint Joseph. Somehow, I suspect he’s pleased by that fact. But at the same time, it makes finding an appropriate musical selection for today’s feast a bit of a challenge. (I couldn’t very well ignore it, could I? It’s [Read More...]

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