No Commentary Necessary — “Doug Wood” Edition

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The following comments are offered without irony (if not entirely without guilt): That’s musician Doug Wood performing his own work, “Eye of the Needle.” I stumbled across his music (and unusual technique) on our local NPR station some months ago and was immediately intrigued. He’s got a few albums out there – including one called “Cellocentric,” which must [Read More...]

Whistling My Way Across Wyoming’s Steppes

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I’m a whistler. And I’ve been a whistler for just about as long as I can remember. (To my co-workers’ chagrin? Quite possibly.) I’m also a walker. (No, not AMC’s kind of “walker.” Though I definitely feel like one, at times. Lots’o kids can do that to you. At least “lots’o younger kids who sometimes like [Read More...]

Ear Worm Alert: Ola Gjeilo’s “Seven Eight”

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I’ve written about contemporary Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo in the past, and I’m sure I will do so again, because his stuff is wonderful — some of it very classical in its flavor, some very cinematic, and some more jazzy-bluesy than anything else. In fact, the unpredictableness of the genres in which he works — though [Read More...]

A Whole Lotta Mozart

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As I have frequently remarked in the past — so frequently that my regular reader(s) doubtless grow tired of hearing it — YouTube is the classical music lover’s best friend. (Well, maybe not best. But a real solid one, at least.) The latest example? Henryk Szeryng and Ingrid Haebler’s recording of Mozart’s “Great” violin sonatas. All 5 [Read More...]

Copland’s Old American Songs

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Love these. That phrase could be interpreted either as a (grammatically questionable) description of my emotional response to Aaron Copland’s 1950′s-era arrangement of these ten classic American songs, or as a command. Which is fine. Either — in fact, both– will do. The choral versions are also fun, though a little too …cluttered for my [Read More...]

Music To Write/Work By

UnhappyBloom

I wrote this post about a year-and-a-half ago. Way back in the earliest stages of my Patheos blogging, a couple days after Elizabeth gave me the keys to the place. But for some reason, I never published it. Too nervous, I think. For reasons that are still unclear to me. (I have over 200 drafts [Read More...]

C.P.E. and the Transverse Flute

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Today’s shaping up to be a data-mining/data-compiling/mail-merging kind’o’day. In other words, an “I Must Listen To Music Or I Shall Run Mad” sort of day. Luckily, there’s an Internet for that. Here. This should get your toes a-tappin’: That, as you doubtless instantly recognized, is the great-(if overshadowed just a touch by his dad)-C.P.E. Bach’s G [Read More...]

In Honor of All Those Celebrating Academic Achievements

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A thematically-appropriate (and highly celebratory) musical selection for those looking back on a recent (or forward to an impending) graduation: That’s Johannes Brahms‘ “Academic Festival Overture.” Enjoy! The particular version I’m featuring here (led by Sir Georg Solti) nosed out a Klemperer setting (which I find too slow), a Bernstein one (which I find too insane), a Muti [Read More...]

A Violinist, a Pianist, and a Composer Walked Into a Bar

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And it was awesome. (Why? What were you expecting me to say?) The violinist is the legendary Yehudi Menuhin; the pianist, the legendary Wilhelm Kempff; the composer, the beyond-legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. The work(s)? Beethoven’s violin sonatas. The complete violin sonatas. “Complete” meaning “in their entirety.” Their glorious and tuneful comprehensiveness. All 4.5+ hours worth. Just…wow. (You’re [Read More...]

Unforgettable Cuts: “Clancy’s Theme,” by Bruce Rowland

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The Bruce Rowland-penned score for The Man from Snowy River is fantastic, and a significant factor in the film’s status as A Fast Favorite of the Susanka Seven. Yes, I’m sure the whips and horses and the insane plunge down the cliffside are all part of its charm, as well. But the soundtrack is spectacular. [Read More...]


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