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Krzysztof Penderecki

Today, November 23, is Krzysztof Penderecki’s 82nd birthday.  While can be argued that he is our greatest living composer (only Boulez might challenge him in that position) there’s no doubt that he is our most influential; even if you’ve never heard any of his music if you’ve seen a horror movie from the last thirty years the terrifying, […]

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Carmina Burana

Lots of choruses bookend their seasons, either at the beginning in the fall or at the end in spring, with Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.  Although conceived as an opera and first staged as one in 1937 it’s rarely done that way now and little is lost treating it as an oratorio; it’s Orff’s spectacular choruses that pull […]

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