Blog Posts on Music

Singing Mahler with people I love

In the first book of a two-volume autobiography, Gunther Schuller: A Life in Pursuit of Music and Beauty (University of Rochester Press, 2011) Gunther Schuller reflects on his early influences.

Minor key

"Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day."  - Franz Liszt

You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

Bill Frisell, a guitarist who for many years has been a favorite at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, has a new album out.  It's a tribute to the music of John Lennon. He talks about it in this video.There are song samples here.

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How hot is your Bartok?

I’m constantly inspired by WXXI listeners!   Your comments, memories, and observations about music are like signposts, pointing me in new directions.  Your creativity is infectious, and your support kindles the best ideas. 

September Songs

Here's a typically lovely and slightly inscrutable ode from our friend e. e. cummings, to mark the equinox...

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A season of change

"Love cannot express the idea of music, while music may give an idea of love." 

Next Stop, Underworld

If an artist scribbles away in her cold garret and no one is around to hear her songs, does she make a living?

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What I did during my summer vacation

So ends the busiest, most inspirational summer of my adult life!  In the last three months, I’ve been privileged to walk through St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, to watch otters swimming in the St. Lawrence River, and to hear barihunk Nathan Gunn singing “Home on the Range” at the Glimmerglass Festival.

A Curious Copyright Issue

If you spend any time on YouTube, you'll occasionally find a video with the audio disabled due to copyright issues. There is debate about whether the music industry has a right to restrict access in this specific context, but wherever you come down on the issue, this one is a little odd. Check out the red box.

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