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“Iconic…stunning artistic…millions selling… spiritual piece” inspired by nuns

“Iconic…stunning artistic…millions selling… spiritual piece” inspired by nuns

I recently attended a Gloriana concert where the highlight was Ariel Ramirez’ wonderful “iconic” Misa Criolla. It was just fantastic and we, the people, forced the choir into a gratifying encore of the “Gloria”. I was just sufficiently conscious to switch on my kneecam. I was familiar with this piece in a recording where the […]

Sonic mulchings 2010

Sonic mulchings 2010

If I had fiction fatigue this year, (see book mulchings) I also suffered from melody fatigue. My favourite new CDs featured kinds of rap; there was also a bunch of old stuff which is definitionally classic. And there’s all the other sonic offerings too, given away free, made by people who love to do it. […]

Bach’s last will and testament

Bach’s last will and testament

‘In 1818, well before Bach’s Mass in B Minor was given its first complete performance, the Swiss music historian and publisher, Hans Nägeli, described it as “the greatest work of music for all ages and of all peoples.” This was an incredible assertion at a time when Mozart’s works had already become a permanent feature […]

When David Heard Absalom was Slain (Sunday choir)

When David Heard Absalom was Slain (Sunday choir)

As someone who is about as musical as a boiling kettle, hearing a song in Latin doesn’t give much of a leg up. But after attending the Gloriana choir’s quarterly concerts over three years you do get used to it. (Blogged here, here and here.) You just sit inside these phrases as they billow like […]

Weekend buffet, the food of love (Mozart and Tallis)

Weekend buffet, the food of love (Mozart and Tallis)

If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting … Twelfth Night Stuffed. Fed to the gills and licking our chops. Friday night was the MSO‘s bash at a pops program with Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, the K.466 – where British conductor Howard Shelley also got to ply […]

How to draw a lightning-fast conductor

How to draw a lightning-fast conductor

Don’t know about you but I find it difficult enough drawing people who are sitting still at arm’s length. So drawing someone at five yards who is in constant motion with his back to you is twice the fun. There is satisfaction in nailing even part of a credible image. I was attending a glorious […]

Gloriana: the fever of human voices

Gloriana: the fever of human voices

___ Last weekend I went to see my friend Andrew Raiskums conduct his terrific choral outfit Gloriana in one of their quarterly performances. It’s an amateur group – the thirty or so choir members (one of whom rejoices in the name Kate Gondwana) do it out of love and desire; you can tell. The drawings […]