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         -- from the lyrics of the Ode to ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 68 comments on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM PST with 76 Recommends
"Our riches, being in our brains, die with us...unless of course someone chops off our head, in which case, we won't need them anyway."-W. A. Mozart Mozart as Goth music. Check ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 80 comments on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 07:22 PM PDT with 74 Recommends
A famous painting, /The Incidence at Teplitz/. The man on the left, bowing to the Austrian Emperor's family, is the poet ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 115 comments on Thu Jan 05, 2012 at 06:23 PM PST with 69 Recommends
Frank Zappa was a rock musician... AND a classical composer. He was also somewhere in-between a lot of the time. Funny. Researching Zappa for this diary, his name kept popping up in lists of ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 136 comments on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM PDT with 68 Recommends
No Vaughan Williams tonight. This diary will indeed be a memorial to Van Cliburn, an American pianist who might have had a wonderful career had celebrity and the Cold War not found him exactly at ...
by Dave in Northridge
Comment Count 42 comments on Thu Feb 28, 2013 at 04:39 PM PST with 63 Recommends
/Sunrise, as seen from the International Space Station. h/t NASA/ Some weeks back, when I needed to manufacture a quick, lazy ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 127 comments on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 08:26 PM PDT with 62 Recommends
On the right, we have a famous painting of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. My first thought when seeing that ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 96 comments on Thu Jun 30, 2011 at 08:14 PM PDT with 59 Recommends
Where to begin? To understand The Planets is to explore Gustav Holst--his character, his life, and his influences. The Planets is Holst's best known and best loved work. And as ...
by zenbassoon
Comment Count 80 comments on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 08:40 PM PST with 54 Recommends
Greetings, music lovers! Dumbo has kindly lent me an installment of this great series to use any which way I like, so... Is music capable of bringing us to ecstasy ? ... I don't mean just the ...
by pico
Comment Count 76 comments on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 07:01 PM PST with 50 Recommends
If I've put off covering Beethoven's Fifth for more than a year, it's not because it's not great music or because it's difficult to ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 115 comments on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 08:43 PM PDT with 50 Recommends
Entartete Kunst . Literally, Degenerate Art, a term invented by the Nazis to describe literally all modern art, and especially modern art by Jews. Like this song by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 74 comments on Thu Mar 31, 2011 at 06:27 PM PDT with 48 Recommends
Ah! The children of the night! What beautiful music they make! [Spoken in my scariest Bela Lugosi voice.] Oh, does that scare you too much? Imagine Gary Oldman's voice, then. Sadly for ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 77 comments on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 05:40 PM PST with 48 Recommends
'Tis indeed the season. I really wanted to do a diary on Ralph Vaughan Williams's underperformed Christmas oratorio Hodie but it turns out that had already been done . So I figured the next best ...
by Dave in Northridge
Comment Count 42 comments on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 04:30 PM PST with 46 Recommends
In 1939, as Spain was still embroiled in the closing days of the Spanish Civil War, and as the rest of Europe prepared for its own spree of mass murders, the blind Joaquin Rodrigo, exiled in Paris, ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 62 comments on Thu Apr 26, 2012 at 09:07 PM PDT with 46 Recommends
Why do I even need to write a diary about Schoenberg when there are great albums like this for sale? You should buy it just for the pootie on the cover!
by Dumbo
Comment Count 145 comments on Thu Mar 17, 2011 at 05:54 PM PDT with 45 Recommends
December's been a crappy month for me. I'm going to postpone the second part of our Beethoven's Ninth diary until next Thursday. I thought I had time, today, to post something, though, just to ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 63 comments on Thu Dec 22, 2011 at 08:03 PM PST with 44 Recommends
/Retreat from Moscow 1812, painting by Prianishnikov/ And here we go, continuing our three part survey of the ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 57 comments on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 07:59 PM PDT with 44 Recommends
Last week, Bluegrass50 told us that the following (30 second clip) is his favorite part of the Beethoven Fifth Symphony.
by Dumbo
Comment Count 54 comments on Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 09:42 PM PDT with 43 Recommends
K364. Many have died scaling its heights. Oh... that's K2. But K. 364, oh dear. Try googling it. The diehard ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 37 comments on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 08:37 PM PDT with 40 Recommends
Alice Herz-Sommer. 108 years old. Survivor of Terezin Concentration Camp. Concert Pianist. A treasure. Here she is, at the young age of 106, playing the Beethoven Moonlight Sonata on what I ...
by Dumbo
Comment Count 26 comments on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM PDT with 39 Recommends