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McMurtry: Petitions

Petitions

A while back a dear friend of mine, who is a baritone in a local choir, excitedly came to me with a request that went something like this: “I have found the most beautiful text. It is from the New Zealand Prayer Book. It would be great if you could set it to music.” Its […]

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Spiegel im Spiegel

Spiegel im Spiegel

If one of the purposes of music is to provide moments of repose and even comfort, then what these people say about Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel” is certainly worth hearing. From BBC Radio 4, ” Exploring the impact that Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s piece for piano and violin Spiegel im Spiegel has had on people’s […]

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The Future of Music~ Part II

The Future of Music ~ Part III

Part III includes a discussion of the importance of the piano in American homes, lockouts and strikes, and the Russian billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev. This lecture was presented in April and September 2013 and was filmed live at MTSU. Professor Linton’s lecture contains copyrighted material, including portions of musical works and video, the use of which […]

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Timbre Cierpke: an orchestral premiere

Tonight I will be attending the premiere of Timbre Cierpke’s tone poem for orchestra Day Boy: Photogen Sees the Moon featuring the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra, the Trevecca Madrigalians, and Timbre herself on harp. If you find yourself in Nashville this evening please join me. You’ll be glad you did. “Day Boy: Photogen Sees the Moon” is a […]

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Buke and Gase

Buke and Gase are this week’s “ensemble” to check out. They were the first of several great personal discoveries of mine at The Big Ears Festival. I say ‘of mine’ because they’ve been around for the better part of seven years and there’s a pretty good chance you already know of them. But if you […]

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Rachmaninov manuscript

Rachmaninov manuscript up for auction

“An autographed manuscript of Rachmaninov’s greatest symphony that was assumed lost for nearly a century is to be sold at auction in London. Sotheby’s will announce that it will sell what is a truly remarkable musical rarity, the 320-page manuscript for the composer’s second and most-loved symphony, full of his revisions, crossings out and annotations.” (via TheGuardian.com) […]

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Bach – Et Resurrexit

Here’s to a joyful week! In light of Resurrection Sunday here is an absolutely glorious performance of the “Et resurrexit” movement from the Credo of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B-minor (BWV 232). With no tempo markings to guide him, Maestro Karl Richter takes full liberty on the score and the result is breath-taking.

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2014 Pullitzer Prize Winner – Become Ocean

Congratulations to Alaskan composer John Luther Adams on winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his composition Become Ocean for orchestra. I haven’t gotten to dive into the piece completely yet, but I look forward to the “immersive experience” that Adams describes in his interview with The Seattle Times. Wanting to “evoke light and color” Adams […]

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