Tag Archives: classical music

Snooty Art Majors and Locking Away Arts from the Masses

Recently I attended an awards ceremony for the students majoring in literature at my sister’s college. She won an award for her senior thesis, my parents were quite proud. She and I are the first generation in our family to … Continue reading

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How I Found Classical Music, Despite Growing Up in Redneckville

I wonder how a guy from the country like me came to be so interested in classical music (primarily 20th century modern classical). I never heard it growing up, ever. I knew no one who listened to it and I … Continue reading

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My Favorite 20th Century String Quartet Cycles, Part 2

Gian Francesco Malipiero Malipiero wrote eight quartets of notable consistency and quality. This is a fascinating cycle of quartets, but it’s unlike any other I’ve heard when it comes to trying to analyze these works. This music is anthematic, song-like … Continue reading

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My Favorite 20th Century String Quartet Cycles, Part 1

The two “big” quartet cycles of the 20th century are the fifteen of Shostakovich and six of Bartok. I’ve always preferred the former. I’ll discuss them in later posts, for now I want to cover some slightly more obscure cycles. … Continue reading

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Respecting the “Intangibles” of Life

I’m probably what many people would call “frugal,” “thrifty” or just plain cheap.  I watch my money closely.  I rarely spend more than $20-30 a week at the grocery store, I drive a ’91 Honda Accord and just want to … Continue reading

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