Tag Archives: Music

Spinarseholes!

I spent most of my teenage years in York and was fascinated by the Minster organ. I occasionally got to play it (outside services) and the exhilarating experience would be something like flying a fighter jet! I knew John Rothera … Continue reading

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Playing Classical Music on your PC or Smartphone

I have been through the wars trying to find the best way to play my favourite music on my computer (with an output to my stereo amplifier and speakers) – or on my smartphone through a portable speaker or earphones. … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

Richard Strauss wrote these words in 1945 shortly after he completed Metamorphosen, a study for 23 solo strings: “The most terrible period of human history is at an end, the twelve year reign of bestiality, ignorance and anti-culture under the … Continue reading

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Pocket Symphony

I went to a concert yesterday evening in the public hall of Veules les Roses (where I often go sailing), where La Symphonie de Poche played some arrangements of classics and a few Bourville songs from the 1940’s and 50’s, … Continue reading

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A real treat for the end of the year

I wish England was this! In the Fen Country: Landscape and Music in the Work of Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams This is a truly beautiful posting on the English music that broke with the German Romantic fashion promoted by … Continue reading

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Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) needs no introduction as a Romantic composer whose output is quite phenomenal. He continues to be rediscovered in the musical world, and many of his works were published as late as the 1960’s. Because of … Continue reading

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Weird Symbolism

I don’t know if we have any medieval experts looking at this blog. Have a look at this: I am rather intrigued by this group of dissolute-looking folk gathered around a book of music. I am brought to think of … Continue reading

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