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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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Music — and in particular, great music — does matter! Return here daily to keep track of monthly releases of new music by Chris McMurtry and Michael Linton (and other composers), heads-up about wonderful releases on other labels, and short blogs about music and culture and why excellence isn’t just nice, it’s essential. —  Mike Linton

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COMMUNION MUSIC Drop, Drop Slow Tears
COMMUNION MUSIC Drop, Drop Slow Tears
The Slide Trombone Players and Janet Linton, organ (live performance), 1987. I, Michael Linton, and the composer/arranger of this music . You are welcome to down load the music and share it with others if you do so freely and for non-commercial purposes. Many of the slides of the chapel of Kings College are used by kind permission of the photographer, Br. Lawrence Lew, O.P. refinersfire.us
Communion Music I Fairest Lord Jesus
Communion Music I Fairest Lord Jesus
Communion music for trombone quartet and organ, arrangement of Fairest Lord Jesus and the second theme from the Adagio of Beethoven's 9 Symphony, Slide Chamber Players, Janet Linton, organ. I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes. refinersfire.uw
Steal Away
Steal Away
"Steal Away to Jesus" from The First Book of Spirituals I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes. More about the singer at: kathleenshimeta.com A score is available at http://www.refinersfire.us/page0/page0.html
I Dream of Jeanie
I Dream of Jeanie
"I Dream of Jeanie" from Foster Songs written by Stephen Foster in 1848, from a collection of arrangements of Foster songs by Michael Linton, 1986.More about the singer at: kathleenshimeta.com and refinersfire.us I, Michael Linton, am the arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes. refinersfire.us
Home On The Range
Home On The Range
Home on the Range from "Songs of the Sand Hills" Stephen Smith, tenor; Janet Linton, piano. I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are welcome to download and share the music if you do so freely and for non-commercial purposes.
Git Along You Littl' Doggies
Git Along You Littl' Doggies
From "Songs of the Sand Hills" I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes.
Catullus 7
Catullus 7
"Quaeris quot mihi basiationes" from Canti Catulli (1995); eight songs from Catullus. Kathleen Shimeta, mezzo soprano, Janet Linton, piano. live performance. "You ask how many of your kisses, Lesbia, are enough .. . " I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes. More about the singer at: kathleenshimeta.com refinersfire.us
Las fuentes de fuego y agua
Las fuentes de fuego y agua
Las fuentes de fuego y agua ("The Fountains of Fire and Water"), third movement from "Las fuentes del cafe del rey moro," dedicated to Alicia de Larrocha First Movement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6faMFXPlvqw&list=UU3BeCmT33gWlg3W_37cJmzg&index=29&feature=plcp Second Movement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNi43DQHUk8 Third Movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R21u1VdwTc8 I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes. refinersfire.us
Jesus Saves
Jesus Saves
Jesus Saves I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes.
Because I Could Not Stop for Death
Because I Could Not Stop for Death
from Three Songs of Separation
by Michael Linton
text by Emily Dickinson

Directed by Louisa Gustafson & Michael Linton
Soprano Elizabeth Linton
Piano Janet Linton

Starring Ruth Cordell & Jay Yaskin


For more information about purchasing this song and other pieces by Michael Linton please visit his website at www.RefinersFire.us

a “Media” button can be added that would pull up a page with these items?

1   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqfiYhnp32s

heading:  “Drop, Drop Slow Tears”  Communion music for trombone quartet and organ

2    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLUUQ6pT1c4

heading:  “Fairest Lord Jesus”  Communion music for trombone quartet and organ

3   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdj_5c0jz-A

heading:  “Steal Away to Jesus”

4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIcieNmwUPA&list=TLQpc4i4OPdwE

heading:  “I Dream of Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4LuqZ-Ykz8&list=TLhkBzoAmmZ9U

heading:  “Home on the Range”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3Fnu9MjaTE

heading:  “Git Along You Littl’ Doggies”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryruAeYtotI

heading:  “Quaeris quot mihi basiationes” (from the Catullus songs)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6faMFXPlvqw

heading:  “Las Fuentes del café del rey moro”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRWbp6yZzlE

heading “Jesus Saves”

Videos


COMMUNION MUSIC Drop, Drop Slow Tears
COMMUNION MUSIC Drop, Drop Slow Tears
The Slide Trombone Players and Janet Linton, organ (live performance), 1987. I, Michael Linton, and the composer/arranger of this music . You are welcome to down load the music and share it with others if you do so freely and for non-commercial purposes. Many of the slides of the chapel of Kings College are used by kind permission of the photographer, Br. Lawrence Lew, O.P. refinersfire.us
Communion Music I Fairest Lord Jesus
Communion Music I Fairest Lord Jesus
Communion music for trombone quartet and organ, arrangement of Fairest Lord Jesus and the second theme from the Adagio of Beethoven's 9 Symphony, Slide Chamber Players, Janet Linton, organ. I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes. refinersfire.uw
Steal Away
Steal Away
"Steal Away to Jesus" from The First Book of Spirituals I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes. More about the singer at: kathleenshimeta.com A score is available at http://www.refinersfire.us/page0/page0.html
I Dream of Jeanie
I Dream of Jeanie
"I Dream of Jeanie" from Foster Songs written by Stephen Foster in 1848, from a collection of arrangements of Foster songs by Michael Linton, 1986.More about the singer at: kathleenshimeta.com and refinersfire.us I, Michael Linton, am the arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes. refinersfire.us
Home On The Range
Home On The Range
Home on the Range from "Songs of the Sand Hills" Stephen Smith, tenor; Janet Linton, piano. I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are welcome to download and share the music if you do so freely and for non-commercial purposes.
Git Along You Littl' Doggies
Git Along You Littl' Doggies
From "Songs of the Sand Hills" I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes.
Catullus 7
Catullus 7
"Quaeris quot mihi basiationes" from Canti Catulli (1995); eight songs from Catullus. Kathleen Shimeta, mezzo soprano, Janet Linton, piano. live performance. "You ask how many of your kisses, Lesbia, are enough .. . " I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes. More about the singer at: kathleenshimeta.com refinersfire.us
Las fuentes de fuego y agua
Las fuentes de fuego y agua
Las fuentes de fuego y agua ("The Fountains of Fire and Water"), third movement from "Las fuentes del cafe del rey moro," dedicated to Alicia de Larrocha First Movement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6faMFXPlvqw&list=UU3BeCmT33gWlg3W_37cJmzg&index=29&feature=plcp Second Movement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNi43DQHUk8 Third Movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R21u1VdwTc8 I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes. refinersfire.us
Jesus Saves
Jesus Saves
Jesus Saves I, Michael Linton, am the composer/arranger of this music and own the copyright. You are free to down load the music and share it with others if you do so for non-commercial purposes.
Because I Could Not Stop for Death
Because I Could Not Stop for Death
from Three Songs of Separation
by Michael Linton
text by Emily Dickinson

Directed by Louisa Gustafson & Michael Linton
Soprano Elizabeth Linton
Piano Janet Linton

Starring Ruth Cordell & Jay Yaskin


For more information about purchasing this song and other pieces by Michael Linton please visit his website at www.RefinersFire.us

JOURNAL

Click the links for the full journal entries.

1. The Cabinet

A thumb drive is abandoned at Starbuck’s; parables, lectures, a street sermon and e-mails, echoes of Kierkegaard’s “Either” from his Either/Or.

 2.  Beauty and Ms Boyle

 Susan Boyle transfigures Simon Cowell

3.  Miracle: An Open Letter to Andres Serrano

Serrano’s famous photograph is attacked by vandals.  So what?

4.  Solo Deo Gloria?

The ruin of “sacred” music.

5.  Anyone for an Institute of Christian Drainage

A book review, pleading for little humility.

6.  In Memory

Solzhenitsyn is dead.

7.  San Francisco Sacred

Messiaen’s St. Francis is reviewed in San Francisco (it’s fantastic!)

8.   Can it really matter THAT much?

Why Classical Music Still Matters is reviewed (answer: it doesn’t, or at least doesn’t very much).

9.  The Blight of Cultural Rights

Hitler’s favorite painting, the National Endowment for the Arts, and paying for something you very much don’t want to get.

10.  Music for the End of Time

Messiaen’s radient peace at the end of the world.

11.  Christian Time

Making clear America’s religious calendar.

12.  America’s Messiah

Why Handel’s Messiah is still the most important piece of music in America.

 

 

 

Three Marian Carols

Second CantataThe Marian Carols were written for Mary Hopper and the ladies of the Wheaton College Women’s Chorale upon the suggestion of poet Joseph Bottum. Of the four carols in the quartet, three are included here, named after the composer/harpist Carol McClure, the historian Wilfred McClay, and Mr. Bottom.
marian-carole
Looking for Mary in Christmas Carols

Who is Mary in our carols? Most folks don’t read a lot of theology in December, but we do a lot of singing. Who is Mary here?

 

“3 Marian Carols” – on the same CD as Cantata for Christmas Day

Mary Hopper

 

 

Mary Hopper is professor of Choral Music and Conducting at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL) where she conducts both the Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Chorale. A graduate of Wheaton College and the University of Iowa, Ms Hopper is an internationally known clinician and past president of the American Choral Directors Association.

 

 

 

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Music matters . . . . at least great music does.  REFINERSFIRE is committed to the idea that great music is one of the highest achievements of civilization and that its continued cultivation is essential to civilization’s health. By performing, recording, and distributing both great new music and educational materials about great music, we at REFINERSFIRE — if but momentarily and fragilely — seek to “push back the darkness” that can overtake a people if they succumb to the ultimately self-destructive culture that is the product of rapacious consumerism. The “refiner’s fire” both purifies and enlightens.

ABOUT

Music matters … at least great music does

 

Refinersfire is a for profit independent recorded label committed to the idea that great music is one of the highest achievements of civilization and that its continued cultivation is essential to civilization’s health. By performing, recording, and distributing both great new music and educational materials about great music, we aim to preserve this idea for generations to come.


If you share our conviction that great music matters a great deal and it is worth investing in you may want to help support Refinersfire through a donation – of any amount, nothing is too small – via the secure PayPal button below.




 


Also, reach out – we’d love to hear any other ideas on how you’d like to help.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit Refinersfire and for your investment in the preservation and continuation of great music.

Most sincerely,
Michael, Janet, and Chris


REFINERSFIRE, LLC is chartered in the State of Tennessee

Founding members:

Michael Linton (b. 1952, Long Beach, CA) Along with Wendy White, Jerry Blackstone, Mary Hopper, and Janet Linton (all musicians featured on REFINERSFIRE “Cantata No. 2, Christmas”) Linton is graduate of Wheaton College (Ill). He studied composition with Krzysztof Penderecki, Lukas Foss, T. Scott Huston, John Gilbert and Bruce MacCombie and was awarded various graduate degrees from the University of Cincinnati, Yale, and New York University. While still in graduate school, Linton was appointed to the faculty of the University of Bridgeport where, besides teaching music history and theory, he directed the Mertens Contemporary Composers Festival, which was at the time the country’s largest festival devoted to the music of a living American composer. Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss, George Rochberg, Ned Rorem, Alice Parker, Stephen Sondheim, and Randall Thompson were all honored by festivals celebrating them and their music through performances, roundtables and scholarly presentations. Upon completion of his studies in New York, a small Christian college in Arden Hills, Minnesota brought-in Linton to chair their growing music program and although Linton was fired from that position after eighteen months (word to the prudent, if not the wise: don’t push for excellence where good-enough is valued), he continued to teach at the college and to conduct the college’s semi-professional orchestra. For the last twenty years Linton has taught undergraduate theory at Middle Tennessee State University’s School of Music and coordinated the school’s undergraduate composition and theory program.

Linton worked closely with George Rochberg as he wrote his dissertation on the composer’s famous “Concord Quartets”, material that eventually became the liner notes for the New World Records CD of Rochberg’s quartets 3 – 6. He has twice been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and has written for the Wall Street Journal, First Things, The Weekly Standard and the Groves Dictionary of Art and worked as a music critic for The Connecticut Post and the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. With his wife Janet, he served as a church musician in Baptist, Congregational, and Episcopal churches in Kentucky, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Tennessee.

Janet Gustafson Linton is a native of Stratford, Connecticut. After studying at the Hartt School of Music, she went on to receive degrees in piano performance from Wheaton College (Illinois) and Northwestern University where she studied with Donald Issac. She and Michael Linton married in 1976 after which time she continued to study in New York with Anne Chamberlain and briefly with Beveridge Webster. Linton is known for her interest in contemporary music and through her career won praises from Lukas Foss, Leonard Bernstein, George Rochberg and Ned Rorem for her performances of their music. Beginning the age of 15, Linton has served as a church organist and pianist in American Baptist, Congregational, independent, and Episcopal churches in Connecticut, Minnesota, and Tennessee. She has been a member of the faculty at The University of Bridgeport, Northwestern College (St. Paul) and Middle Tennessee State University and now teaches music and heads the fine arts program at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. She has premiered almost all of her husband’s works featuring piano and organ.

Chris McMurtry (b. 1979) is a Nashville native who began performing at the age of 15. He supported himself as a studio musician and toured the indie-rock circuit until 25. It was while on the road, mostly with the band aireline, that he began shaping his compositional technique. Somewhere along the line he began wondering how ‘serious’ he really was about music and decided to dive headlong into classical music composition. He of course fell in love and has been solely dedicated to it ever since. In addition to music, McMurtry had the great pleasure of serving the meticulous and insanely great Apple Inc for 8 years, helping to develop systems and shape the customer experience in their most successful product – the Apple Retail Store. With several releases planned for early 2014, McMurtry’s music explores the role of the electric guitar as a serious orchestral instrument. McMurtry lives in Tennessee with his wife Anna and two daughters.

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