January 29, 2016


Byrd was an immensely versatile and masterful composer, unequaled in England and some would argue abroad. Quite the musical Shakespeare of Elizabethan England. The Anthem “Alack, when I look back”  is an example of his  mastery and, in my mind, subtlety of expression....

January 23, 2016

I want to talk about the In Nomine, provide examples of them, then show you my own example.


The In Nomine is an English form of instrumental music, for viols, that originated as a response to a certain section in a John Taverner (1490-1545) mass. So, right off the bat,...

January 19, 2016




Steel your nerves, have a glass of water handy. I guarantee that at the end of this video, you will physically want to vomit. But that’s not what I’m posting about. I just want to look at this idiotic song and point one thing out:



January 9, 2016

Another key to understanding French music: the development of the ornate system of ornamentation associated with their Baroque music arose, as I’m learning, from Airs de Cour composers. An Air de Cour is a song, usually in AA BB form, with an extremely limited melodic...

January 7, 2016

Isn’t it exciting how we don’t know about music until suddenly we do, and then we’re changed? I had no idea of the immensity or uniqueness of the French organ tradition: that is until I started listening to Titelouze, De Grigny, Marchand, and Couperin. Now I see that i...

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