Category Archives: Music

Early Instruments and Voices

Jordi Savall has an extensive schedule of recording and giving concerts. Many of the latter are available on YouTube, including this one from 1998 I hadn’t heard. I enjoy the creative mix of instruments and voices a bit more than … Continue reading

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Long Exposure

A dotCommonweal essayist mentions reading an author’s entire output of novels over a year. Interesting. Earlier this year, I reviewed Antonín Dvořák’s last three symphonies a few times, listening consecutively over an evening or afternoon. Last month, I planned to spend some time … Continue reading

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The Wexford Carol

The verse for the 24th: The night before that happy tide The noble Virgin and her guide Were long time seeking up and down To find a lodging in the town But mark right well what came to pass From … Continue reading

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Mary/Christmas Mash-Ups

It’s holiday time. Mainstream religious (or spiritual) humanity can’t seem to get away from sweets, be it in the goodies we consume or the music we utilize (listening or singing). The Blessed Mother seems a particular target for treacle in … Continue reading

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Simple Gifts

Two artists of impeccable musicianship and sensitivity, plus sheer love of music render a classic American tune that strikes me as always appropriate for today’s US observance. My parish sang this contemporary song with gusto at the close of the … Continue reading

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Staff Liner

Cleaning out the music room at my new parish, I found something I hadn’t seen in years. There are no blackboards left in the building; the parish converted to white and dry-erase markers years ago. Anybody still using these?

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In Paradisum

As a player of plucked and hammered instruments, I have yet to encounter a plainsong melody that doesn’t work wonderfully well on these. Voices, yes, of course are optimal. But there is something about plainsong on an instrument like the … Continue reading

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