A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 3

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Here’s another of the 8-part motets from Mendelssohn’s Opus 79 that I highlighted yesterday. This one, #6, is titled “On Good Friday” and (again!) includes the dreaded “Hallelujah” So it’s a bit of an odd selection. Like yesterday. Or at least it seems odd on the face of it. But musically/mood-ly, it’s perfect. Especially the [Read More...]

A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 2

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Today’s entry is the fourth of the six 8-part motets from Felix Mendelssohn’s Opus 79. Its title says “At Passiontide,” so it might not be quite right for Early Lent.  But it also says “Hallelujah!” So I’m getting it out of the way early on, before our ears become unaccustomed to the sound of that phrase. The piece [Read More...]

My Lenten Journey in Music

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In recent days, while reflecting on why music has always seemed to occupy such a large space in my life, I’ve come to realize that I use it in (mostly) two ways. Well, three, actually. Because the first — “first” as in “primary” — way is pretty much straight-up enjoyment, brought on by an appreciation of and a [Read More...]

Seven Inspirational Sports Movies That Would Be Worthless Without Their Scores

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This post could just as easily be named “Jerry Goldsmith Is THE MAN,” but I’d already mentioned Goldmith’s spectacular efforts on behalf of Hoosiers last week, and I’d hate to be repeating myself so soon. Besides, that would have been a clear violation of Listicle Day. (OK, fine. So that was last week. But I want in anyway, [Read More...]

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Contributing to the Mendelssohn Birthday Bandwagon

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I stumbled across an amazing Mendelssohn video yesterday, courtesy of the always-instructive (and enjoyable) Saturday Chorale website. I loved it , especially because it’s subject, his Second Symphony, is so unlike the other Mendelssohn symphonies with which I am most familiar. But I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Or when. So I stashed [Read More...]

My Favorite Mozart

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Mozart was born 259 years ago today. It was a Tuesday (apparently). And it created waves in the musical world that are being felt to this day. Also, I don’t have a “favorite Mozart.” That’s pretty much an impossible task. What I do have, though, is something I’ve been streaming at work today in honor of [Read More...]

A Day of Lamentation and Bitter Weeping

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Every Life is a Gift. #marchforlife — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 22, 2015 In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right [Read More...]

“For unto us a child is born”

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For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Attribution(s): “The Adoration of the Shepherds” by Giovanni Lanfranco; image provided by Bridgeman Images and licensed [Read More...]

Tis’ the Season. The Beecham Season.

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As Christmas draws nigh, my thoughts turn (unsurprisingly) to that piece of classical music NPR DJ-extraordinaire Jim Svejda (whose mellifluous tones and not-entirely-categorizeable accent were a near-constant presence on my youthful ears) considers nearly as essential to Christmas as The Man Himself. And to the recording of that particular piece he considers nearly as essential: If [Read More...]

Parked By the Jukebox: Luluc’s “Passerby”

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From Sub Pop Records, the label behind the album currently streaming through my headphones: Luluc’s “Passerby.” In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, [Read More...]


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