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  • 2015 February 22: Musical "Lenses"

    February 22, 2015 10:30

    What we listen for in music has changed substantially down through the ages. During Bach's day (the Baroque era), what marked a good composer was his capacity for 'invention' — that is, the variety of things he could do with one idea. Thus for them the 'fugue' — an entire piece based one melodic figure (the 'fugue subject') — was an iconic form of that age, and that same notion of deeply exploring one idea extended to other forms. (more )

  • 2015 February 8: Who wrote it?

    February 08, 2015 10:30

    One morning, Schubert brought singer Michael Vogl several songs for his perusal. Busy at the moment, Vogl set them aside and examined them later when he had opportunity. He liked one especially, but it was too high for him, so he transposed it and had a (hand) copy made. A couple weeks later he, Schubert and some friends were enjoying a musical evening together. Something new was asked for, and without comment Vogl placed Schubert's song on the piano (in its new key, and someone else's handwriting). When Schubert heard the piece, he exclaimed "H'm! Pretty good song! Who wrote it?" (more )

  • 2015 January 18: A Prayer in the Still of the Night

    January 18, 2015 10:30

    In this morning's Scripture the Old Testament figure Samuel is a young man who grows into a full fledged prophet as his story unfolds. At this point in the story, young Samuel is apprenticed to the priest Eli, and one night he thinks he hears Eli calling. Samuel comes running, and Eli says, "It wasn't me, go back to bed." This happens again, and Eli tells him again to go back to bed. The third time, however, Eli is awake enough to realize that it is the Lord calling to Samuel, and Eli instructs him, "If he calls again, say: Speak! Your servant is listening!" Which is exactly what Samuel does — the Lord speaks, Samuel listens, and the rest, as they say, is history. (For example, it is Samuel who anoints David as King of Israel.) (more )

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