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  • October 27, 2013: Sacred vs. Secular Music

    October 27, 2013 19:51

    Symphonic Meditation on "Ein’ Feste Burg" William Zeitler

    Bagpipes!

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    When the nation of Israel was being founded around 1950, it was a matter of some debate as to what the official national language ought to be. You’d think ‘Hebrew’ would be a slam dunk, but many of the leading rabbis opposed that. Their reasoning was that Hebrew should ...

  • October 20, 2013: Handel's Surprise

    October 20, 2013 11:23

    Suite in Gm (Selections) George F. Handel (1685-1759)

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    From his very childhood Handel had a strong propensity to music. His father, however, a barber-surgeon, had in mind for his son a more upwardly-mobile career in Law and did all he could to oppose it. Dad forbade any musical instrument in the house, and even forbade Handel from going to any other house where one might be ...

  • October 13, 2013: A Tune in the Air

    October 13, 2013 11:48

    "Klokkeklang" ("Bell Ringing") Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

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    One day Grieg went fishing with his friend Francis Beyer, a composer and tax inspector. A musical theme came into Grieg’s head, and taking paper from his pocket he quietly jotted it down and ...

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