Looking For A Mid-Week Pick-Me-Up? Here’s Bobby McFerrin Singing Bach.

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Robert Keith McFerrin, Jr. + The opening movement of Bach’s Concerto for Violin, String Orchestra and Continuo in A minor (BWV 1041) = Straight-Up, Toe-Tappin’ Gloriousness. And I defy anyone to make that equation equal anything else. I realize that joy is not an emotion typically associated with a minor key, but Bach’s keys seem [Read More...]

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A Superabundant Splash of Scarlatti Sonatas. Domenico Scarlatti, That Is.

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Inspired by last year’s (“evergreen,” luckily) “A Surge Of Scarlatti Sonatas” piece from NPR Music’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog, I’ve been immersing myself in the melodious seas of Domenico “Not Alessandro” Scarlatti over the past few days. It’s been fun, especially as “Listen-While-You-Work” music, where a solo instrument tends to be my melodic weapon of choice. (The only thing [Read More...]

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Leroy Anderson The (Underappreciatedly) Great

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View image | gettyimages.com So, I’m not entirely sure “underappreciatedly” is an actual word, but it’s the right word for the job, because I’m just going to come out and say it: Leroy Anderson’s fantastic. Really great, actually. In fact, were it not for the inescapable, ear-boring “Sleigh Ride”, I suspect he’d be far more recognized [Read More...]

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Pay As Much Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain As Possible

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The man, in this particular case, is Emmy Award-winning Bear McCreary. And he’s the musical mastermind behind a whole slew of TV shows whose names you’ll surely recognize, even if you don’t recognize Bear’s name. (Yet.) His impressive telivisiography shows off not just his mind-boggling work ethic — Seriously. Writing music for TV is insane — but [Read More...]

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Because Blacksmiths Are Musicians, Too. Sort Of.

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I have been obliged to publish some of the following Lessons, because surrepticious and incorrect Copies of them had got Abroad. I have added several new ones to make the Work more useful, which if it meets with a favourable Reception; I will still proceed to publish more, reckoning it my duty, with my Small [Read More...]

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Today’s Shocking Internet Discovery

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OK, so “shocking” might not be the word everyone would use for something like this, but just stay with me for a minute… Today, as I was poking around on the InterWebs for some music to edit to – Note to Self: Editing to Cling Mansell’s “Death Is The Road To Awe” makes me feel like The Most [Read More...]

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Yes, You’re Right. John Williams Is A Magician, Basically.

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Filtering out the noise to clearly see what the story needs is a lesson every great filmmaker has learned. As someone greatly intrigued by the role (and importance) of music in movies, I find myself grateful yet again for the legendary John Williams and the (original, of course) Star Wars films. No, I’m not talking about The Auralnauts’ [Read More...]

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Dancing Along To Grainger Playing Grainger

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Another example of one of my favorite pet categories: Artist(s) Performing Their Own Work(s). Only in this case, it’s not words (like most of the things I’ve found). It’s music. Percy Grainger’s, specifically. The crazy Australian composer and pianist. (Note: I say crazy because of his hair…and his tempos. Not because I have any reason to think [Read More...]

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Djembe Therapy. It’s Good For What Ails You. I Promise.

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I’ve been saving this one for a while, but I decided to bust it out today for no particular reason except that I love it and it makes me smile every time I see it and I’m all about the smiles right now. Oh, and also because James got to play a djembe with the [Read More...]

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Heinrich von Herzogenberg Is My Latest Musical Discovery

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Let’s be precise. We’re not talking about just any von Herzogenberg; we’re talking about “Heinrich Picot de Peccaduc, Freiherr von Herzogenberg,” “an Austrian composer and conductor descended from a French aristocratic family.” Two historical facts of particular note: Early on he was attracted to the music of Richard Wagner, but after studying J. S. Bach‘s works he became [Read More...]

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