Monthly Archives: December 2014

Brahms Organ Works

Way back in the beginning of 1983, my Aunt Margot gave me a Kalmus edition of the complete organ works of Johannes Brahms. I received this with joy and amazement. Still self-taught, I had no idea Brahms had ever written … Continue reading

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Christmas

Christmas 2014 is continuing as I write this–we’re up to “five golden rings.” My tree is lit, and Mitch Miller has been whirling at 33-and-a-third for much of the morning. I haven’t sat on the sofa and wallowed in nostalgia, … Continue reading

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Meistersinger

Last night: Die Meistersinger von N├╝rnberg, Richard Wagner. Metropolitan Opera. I had a wonderful time. The overture, one of Wagner’s most beloved, is a thrilling, spine-straightening anthem, full of dignity and joy. If I had a symphony orchestra to conduct … Continue reading

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