Tag Archives: music

Exeunt, Riding on a Lion

One of my favorite recent additions to the Library of Congress Flickr Stream is this charming image from around 1915 of Antipodean operatic soprano Frances Alda: The lion (according to some clever research in the comments on the photo at … Continue reading

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First Chair, Last Chair, Any Chair, No Chair

Experience suggests that conventionally trained symphony orchestra and symphonic band musicians (especially we non-pros) probably don’t think all that much about the physical arrangement of their performance spaces, once certain fundamentals are settled to their satisfaction: section leadership and playing … Continue reading

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A Little Southern Harmony

In a previous post, I spent a little time looking at shape note┬ámusic and sacred harp singing, mostly in the context of considering the authenticity — whatever one takes that to mean — of various settings of “What Wondrous Love … Continue reading

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What Wondrous Tune Is This?

I am not really the sort of person who would normally have a favorite hymn (although I have worked as a church musician). Weirdly, I happen to have two: “Be Thou My Vision” and “What Wondrous Love Is This” (sometimes … Continue reading

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An Entirely Unnecessary Defense

According to my dear old Dad, if there is any justice or truth in the world, the phrase “…and one more thing” will be the inscription on my headstone after I shuffle off this mortal coil. He’s not wrong. Last … Continue reading

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“…but it’s all right.”

As I read John Dyck’s “In Defense of Country Music”┬áthe other day, I found myself remembering a compliment, thinking of an amazing recording by an amazing woman, and struggling to disentangle the reasons why some of what Dyck said rang … Continue reading

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When the Levee Breaks

Recently, I came across a wonderful reminder of past projects in the form of magic shared on Facebook: some television footage from 1965 or so of the magnificent flamenco dancer Antonia (also sometimes listed as Antonita) Singla Contreras, known to … Continue reading

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