April 13, 2016

 

March 30, 2016

Last night, I attended a New York performance of De Materie, Louis Andriessen’s 90 minute colossal, inspired, stage work (somewhat like an Oratorio) from 1985. It takes place in 4 distinct episodes, unrelated except for a through line of philosophical musings, includin...

March 29, 2016

 

 

March 11, 2016

 

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Listening to Verdi, you quickly have to banish words like “simple” from your head, if only because his music reveals that word to be meaningless. Verdi is teaching me that the simplest r...

February 24, 2016

 

Hey all,

 

I’ve disappeared from these hallowed pages the past week or two primarily because I’ve been working with Nick on getting our album recorded. Well, I’m pleased to say it has been! Did you feel that? The world just changed a little bit.

 

Leading up to it, I went...

February 2, 2016

It’s important to never let critical judgement lapse even with your greatest heroes. I’ll give you an example: the other night, I was biking and listening to Gradualia, a massive collection of catholic liturgical music by William Byrd, composed late in his life. As a s...

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,...

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