• New Music: "The Alchemical Tree"

    December 21, 2008 21:12
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    As I mentioned in last week's post, alchemy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance was about much more than "changing lead into gold"—in addition to being proto-science concerned with medicine through metallurgy through proto-chemistry, within its literature there is ...

  • New Music: "The Dying, Magic Fire"

    December 13, 2008 08:01
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    Of course we all know about the 'alchemists' of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance—attempting to "turn lead into gold". What isn't as well known is that there was a lot more to Alchemy than just that: it was actually proto-science: for example, they figured out by long trial and error how to make substances like 'nitric acid'—many of the initial and practical 'baby steps' that made ...

  • New Music: "New Moon Over Eden"

    December 05, 2008 23:09

    A new piece for your consideration. My title is more whimsical than usual (hint: what does a 'new moon' look like? <grin!>)

    The tune is played on the glass armonica. When the tune is repeated, the armonica is doubled two octaves lower by a bass clarinet—a fun sounding combination, if I say so myself!


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