Monthly Archives: December 2010

Tōru Takemitsu

I find it very hard to define or characterize the work of the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. I spent a long time reading descriptions of it from all over the web trying to find something that fit the music I … Continue reading

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Bach in the background

Even the newest convert to classical music  is likely to agree: Bach rules! Right now I have the Goldberg Variations on in the background. I feel a little guilty using such great music as the accompaniment to my life, but … Continue reading

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The unlikeliness of buses

This is another of those things that I feel compelled to write just because I have a blog. It has nothing to do with music. You should probably ignore it.

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Rich, complex, and beautiful — Lamma Bada

Rich, complex, and beautiful — could describe someone to fall in love with. But I’m talking about an Arabic song, sometimes rendered in English as Lamma Bada Yatathanna, an ancient muwashshah, a genre of secular music from Al Andalus, Moorish … Continue reading

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Why DO we hate modern classical music, Alex Ross?

Alex Ross’s blog is the first  in my list of links over there on the right. That’s because Alex Ross is a god. I never miss his writing in the New Yorker. I’m in the middle of reading his wonderful … Continue reading

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