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What Makes Music Great (and why it matters) Part VI

What makes great music great? Its complete integrity. And why is it important? Because it shoves back the darkness. It’s a “mitzvah”.   Professor Linton’s course contains copyrighted material, including portions of musical works, the use of which may not have been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. In making this content available, we have […]

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Edwin

Listen to a Glimpse of Carmina Catulli

Just a glimpse at a spectacular week of recording: a raw cut of Edwin Crossley-Mercer and Jason Paul Peterson in one of the songs from Michael Linton’s epic song cycle “Carmina Catulli”. [alpine-phototile-for-instagram user=”refinersfireus” src=”user_tag” tag=”carminacatulli” imgl=”instagram” style=”wall” row=”4″ size=”L” num=”30″ border=”1″ highlight=”1″ curve=”1″ align=”center” max=”100″ nocredit=”1″]

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Edwin and Jason - Carmina Catullis

Recording Carmina Catulli – Instagram Feed

Exciting day here at Refinersfire! We are recording Michael Linton’s Carmina Catulli with captivating world renowned bass baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer accompanied by the technical brilliancy of pianist Jason Paul Peterson. The epic song cycle will receive its world-premiere March 3, 2014 at Carnegie Hall. Though you may not be able to hear the beautiful booming sounds of […]

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Easter Morning (1979) by Norman Bluhm

The Artists Around You

I am always humbled by the talent that surrounds me. But it is those private souls who must create, or make, or bake simply for the love of their art (or perhaps because their art just plain won’t leave them alone – so they have no choice but to do it) – these are the […]

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Guitar - Guitar Salon

The Least Ambitious Instrument

I love this quote from Sam Riesing at I CARE IF YOU LISTEN: Daniel Lippel “will perform two sets of ambitious music for what is widely reputed to be the least-ambitious instrument in the history of human civilization.” Mr. Reising is so very right,  the repertoire of the guitar pales in comparison to that of […]

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The Great Wave at Kanagawa

What Makes Music Great (and why it matters)- Part V

The “Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai,  Alberti’s “concinnity”, why Milton leaves a bad taste in your mouth, and ripping apart perfectly decent books.     Professor Linton’s course contains copyrighted material, including portions of musical works, the use of which may not have been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. In making this content […]

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peanuts cartoon

Beethoven’s 243rd Birthday!

Today marks Ludwig van Beethoven’s 243rd birthday. Beethoven was a great composer and a man with a persistent and brave spirit. I don’t want to spend too much time talking about the man or the composer because, he means so many different things to so many different people. Everyone who I have spoken to about […]

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