Category Archives: Music Criticism

Switched-On Brandenburgs

My college friend Doug was eager to share his newest album:  Switched-On Brandenburgs by Wendy Carlos, already famous for years for Switched-On Bach. I loved the cover for a start:  thick silver and black, done as a woodcut, classical instruments … Continue reading

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Switched-On Bach at Fifty

A pioneer of digital music, once named Walter Carlos, released Switched-On Bach in 1968.  I don’t remember its release, but I do remember it being widely discussed half a dozen years later.  It was a blockbuster; I have read that … Continue reading

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Parallel Octaves, Again

I’ve read some internet chatter about BWV565 that makes me shake my head. An allusion to “parallel octaves” in the opening measures. Here we go again. I wrote about this in The American Organist in September, 2011. The organ does … Continue reading

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About that “Big Box”

OK, I admit I’m behind the curve.  I’m usually behind the curve. There is a huge selection of Big Box collections on Amazon.  Most priced at 99 cents. There is a critique of the Bach cantatas box pointing out that … Continue reading

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Quote of the Month

From the inimitable Dorothy Parker: “I think that Aldous Huxley utters the loud truth when he says, in Point Counter Point, that industry can never substitute for talent. There exists, especially in the American mind, a sort of proud confusion … Continue reading

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Pre-Concert Talk Tonight

Tonight at about 7:30 (maybe 7:34) I will give a pre-concert talk for the NYUO1 orchestral concert.  The program itself starts at 8 PM.  Costumes warmly welcome.  Free! We’ll be in the Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 W. 4th Street in … Continue reading

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Upcoming Programs

I have several things coming up. On October 26 and 27, I will be speaking for the NYU orchestras.  Again, the programs will be in the Frederick Loewe Theatre.  More info to come. On October 29, I will be participating … Continue reading

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Pre-Concert Talk

Tonight at 7:30, at the Frederick Loewe Theatre at 35 W. 4th St., I’ll again give a pre-concert talk.  The NYUO1 (New York University Orchestra 1) is playing a great program.  I hope you can come.  It’s free! The program … Continue reading

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Pre-Concert Talk Tonight!

If you’re in New York City and not otherwise occupied, why not attend a wonderful orchestral concert for free? NYUO2 –one of NYU’s two symphony orchestras–is opening tonight’s concert season at the Frederick Lowe Theater on West 4th Street, just … Continue reading

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Pre-Concert Talk

On Monday, May 8, I’ll be giving a pre-concert talk at NYU.  Admission is free and the venue is close to several subways.  The program contains student works and a performance of Dvorak’s Symphony no, 9 in E minor, opus … Continue reading

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