Category Archives: Music

San Ignacio de Loyola, the Opera

Until a few years ago, I had not been aware Jesuits were known for drama, even opera. But here is a link to a chamber opera by Domenico Zipoli, one of the first composed in Latin America. Celebrate the saint … Continue reading

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Hymn To Glacier Peak

I’ve been studying up on the geology of my new state. Some basic Wikipedia stuff, but also this summary of the last thirty-seven million years of the Pacific Northwest. This is far headier and (potentially) more dangerous stuff than the … Continue reading

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Musical Critique

Jimmy Mac sent me this link to a brief opinion piece at The Tablet. For me, the text and commentariat both illustrate perfectly how the hermeneutic of subtraction has infiltrated both the realms of religion and music. Many remarks give … Continue reading

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Farewell Concert

Don’t know how many readers I have in the vicinity, but next Thursday some friends and I will be doing a concert. Tentative line-up: Day Is Done (AR HYD Y NOS, James Quinn, SJ) Meditation on Thais (Jules Massenet) Be … Continue reading

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Blue Cathedral

Some American music for the holiday: Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral by the San Francisco Symphony.

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Graceland or Saints

Paul Simon has been one of my favorite artists for decades. He fascinates as it strikes me he produces more fabulous music the more he collaborates with others. His duets with Art Garfunkel certainly have resonance with the 60’s/70’s listeners. … Continue reading

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How Firm, American Music

For your listening enjoyment: Virgil Thomson’s Symphony on a Hymn Tune. The main theme is the music most of us match to “How Firm A Foundation.” But there are other hymns mixed in, this I know. There’s an interesting description … Continue reading

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