Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure On This Shining Night” Needs No Season

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View image | gettyimages.com I stumbled across this piece a few months ago as I was researching my post on Morten Lauridsen and his love for Mary. I think it’s part of his “Mid-Winter” song cycle (or at least it’s usually featured on a CD with his Mid-Winter song cycle), so it might not be exactly [Read More...]

Jammin’ Keith Jarrett and Suite, Suite Händel

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View image | gettyimages.com Today’s an All-Day Editing Day — in other words, I’m hip-deep in InDesign and shall shortly run mad – so music is an absolute must. For me, that means (almost always) Baroque, (most likely) keyboard, and (pretty much never) anything jazzy. That last one’s not entirely fair/can be self-defeating, because there’s lots of [Read More...]

Parked By the Jukebox with Arianna Savall’s “El Mariner”

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Today’s jam? A lilting Catalonian folk song, courtesy of Arianna Savall’s “Bella Terra.” The whole album’s really wonderful, but this is the one that keeps grabbing me as it floats past. (Also, if the name “Savall” seems familiar, that’s because Arianna is the daughter of the renowned Catalonian conductor, viol player, and composer, Jordi Savall, one of the major figures [Read More...]

Experiencing Pop-Culture Through A Four-Year-Old Filter

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A few months back, I recounted a hilarious and/or horrifying episode involving David (The Fourth Son), James (The Fifth Son), the Just Dance 2 game on our Wii, and The Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back.” Fast forward to a few days ago, when Cormac was storming ’round the living room belting out “Walk Like The Giff·i·ans!!!” at the top of his lungs. At [Read More...]

Those Baroque Jesuits

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OK, so that title’s a) click-baity (because The Pope), and b) not accurate. It should say “Jesuit,” not “Jesuits.” Because I’m talking about one. Namely, Domenico Zipoli: …an Italian Baroque composer who worked and died in Córdoba (Argentina). He became a Jesuit in order to work in the Reductions of Paraguay where his musical expertise contributed to develop the natural musical talents of [Read More...]

Parked by the Jukebox with Hollow Coves’ “The Woods”

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A few weeks ago, quite by accident, I stumbled across the musical stylin’s of an “acoustic duo” from Australia named Hollow Coves. I’m not kidding. It was a genuine accident. I was listening to something else entirely on SoundCloud and this came on before I had time to switch back from my other tab to turn it off. But [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Coda

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Looking back on my recently-completed musical adventure, I’m pleased. I feel like it did exactly what I wanted it to do: made my Lent both more meditative and more musical. I’m a bit surprised, though, at how much of it was Russian. And/or Polish. (I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. Music is the one place [Read More...]

The Journey Is Over

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He is Risen! Let the Alleluias ring! Haec dies quam fecit Dominus: exultemus et laetemur in ea, Alleluia. This is the day the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it, Alleluia. Attribution(s): “La Résurrection” by James Tissot (Source) is licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons; “Bells” via Shutterstock. [Read more...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 46

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Waiting; waiting; waiting. O tù chì dormi in sta petra sculpita d’avè suffertu da colpi è di ferite dopu d’atroci martiri persu hai ancu la vita, oghje riposi tranquillu a tò sufferenza hè finita. Oh you who sleep Within this sculpted stone And have suffered blows and wounds After atrocious torments You have also lost your [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 45

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Bach’s Matthäus-Passion has served as the soundtrack to so many of my Good Fridays, I’ve lost count. It’s particularly effective (for me, at least) when paired with the libretto (pdf version here), because Bach highlights and underscores the text in all sorts of wonderful (and deeply moving) musical ways. I was pleased to find this version (led [Read More...]


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