Author Archive | Michael Linton

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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Jerry Blackstone conducts Handel's Messiah

America’s Messiah

For musicians, Christmas means Messiah. This is not a comment upon musicians’ religiosity, but rather upon their finances. Messiah, Handel’s Messiah, is to America’s choral societies and orchestras what La Bohème is to its opera houses and Nutcracker to its ballets: the guaranteed full house that can bankroll a whole season of deficits. Between Thanksgiving […]

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Aishwarya Raishort

What Makes Music Great (and why it matters) – Part IV

Fun with Calipers: the repeating Golden Mean on beautiful, and not quite so beautiful faces (Aishwara Rai, Adam Ayash, Ted Bundy, James Dawson Martin, Sitting Bull, Hugh Jackman, Barbara Streisand, Jay Leno), buildings (the Parthenon, Chartres Cathedral, San Diego’s Balboa Park and a Illinois bell tower) and Leonardo’s Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s David.

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Bach - Leipzig

What Makes Music Great (and why it matters) – Part I

Classical music is in a desperate crisis.  Institutions–orchestras, opera companies, concert series and solo performers, even publishers and distributors, are fighting for cultural relevancy and fiscal solvency.  Many are collapsing (the most recent extinction was the venerable New York City Opera which shut its doors in September, 2013, after seventy years of operation).  But while […]

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Center Church - New Haven, CT

What is All Saints’ Day?

November First is the festival of All Saints.  Not a few saints, or just one, but all of them, which Protestants at least have taken to mean all baptized Christians, all redeemed by Jesus.  And all means “all”, the living and the dead. Typically, we don’t think much about the dead in America now.  In […]

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Handel: Alessandro

DECCA has released a magnificent new recording of Handel’s three act opera Alessandro.  Conducted by George Petrou with the Armonia Atenea orchestra (all on period instruments) this mostly Greek production is dazzling!  From the beginning French overture to the hymn of rejoicing at the end, this is Baroque performance that sizzles.  No, it’s not a REFINERSFIRE […]

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