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  • 2018 April 29: Passacaglias

    April 29, 2018 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 )

  • 2018 April 8: Breathe on me Breath of God

    April 08, 2018 07:12

    Erwin Hatch attended King Edward’s School, Birmingham, where he studied under James Prince Lee who later became the Bishop of Manchester; it was during this period of his life that his strong mental independence and extreme study habits were noticed. At this time he joined the Church of England (having been raised a nonconformist). He graduated from Oxford in 1857, after undergraduate studies at Cambridge.

  • 2018 March 25: Palm Sunday

    March 25, 2018 10:30

    When the Romans conquered a region, they were relatively benign (as ruthless conquerors go) in that they would let you have your local rulers, let you practice your local religion and customs, and pretty much leave you alone as long as 1) you didn't cause Rome any trouble, and 2) you paid your taxes to Rome. In the 1st century BCE the Romans co-opted a civil war in Judea, effectively taking over the region. The Jews, however, didn't think much of any plan short of absolute complete self-rule, and so were constantly fomenting insurrection against Rome to a lesser or greater extent. (more )