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  • 2015 November 15: Bach & Pedagogy

    November 15, 2015 10:30

    It was pointed out to me on Reformation Sunday that "you know, the organ can be played quietly too," to which I replied "Not on Reformation Sunday!" Meanwhile, I thought I'd play an organ piece on the soft end of the musical loudness spectrum. (Neener neener!) (more )

  • 2015 November 8: Passacaglias

    November 08, 2015 10:30

    The idea of building a piece on a repeating pattern (eight bars long, say) has been around since time immemorial. Baroque era versions of that would be the "passacaglica" and the "chaconne". Two modern applications of that idea would be Taizé (a Christian meditative musical form) and Rap. (more )

  • 2017 November 5: Mozart

    November 05, 2015 10:30

    Mozart was once approached by a young man who was interested in Mozart's advice on how to compose a symphony. Since he was still very young, Mozart recommended that he start by composing ballads (songs). Surprised, the young man responded, "But you wrote symphonies when you were only ten years old." "But I didn't have to ask how," countered Mozart. (more )

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