Category Archives: Classical

New music thrives

A few clicks around this blog will tell you I’m nuts about new music. I’m fortunate to have a cousin, Elisabeth Halliday, in the thick of it. She introduces me to stuff I might never hear otherwise. She is a … Continue reading

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Aldo Clementi – my new favorite

During the last two or three weeks I’ve submerged myself in the music of Morton Feldman, music so simple and sere that I found it hard to listen to anything else. Old MacDonald was too melodically complex, forget Mozart. Then … Continue reading

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Morton Feldman – the essence

I’ve been gestating a piece about the greatest composer of the Twentieth Century for over a month. I’m still not halfway to understanding what I want to say about him. Since I have to post something to meet my commitment … Continue reading

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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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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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Learning to hear – Mozart 40 & Beethoven 7

I was exposed to classical music as a teenager through the records my father got from a record club (like a book club only round). Something, maybe puberty, pushed me towards the fire of Brahms Symphonies, the romantic grandiosity of … Continue reading

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