Au revoir, Été!

September 21, 2012

A once hugely popular song sung in the old manner:

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Dickens and Music

September 14, 2012

Did you know that the active music-lover Charles Dickens met composers like Chopin, Mendelssohn, Auber and Meyerbeer, as well as Jenny Lind,Paganini and Joachim? Now there’s a Dickens music festival in Kent, which you can read about here. (The link also brings a highly interesting chamber performance of a movement from Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.)

Travels Along the Costa Brava

September 10, 2012

A selection of photographs here of journey on August 24 with Catalan composer Albert Carbonell, to visit the country estate of Catalan composer Edouard Toldrà (the fiftieth anniversary of whose death is this year), to meet with the journalist and author Jaume Comellas, to visit seaside towns and hear a luminous performance by the Quartet Casals at the Vilabertran Festival, thanks to Antoni Colomel. I’m a lucky man.

There has been a lacuna in postings here because of my travels and other consuming activities. But I wanted to post this invitation to singers professional or amateur who are in any way connected with, neighbors of, or just sympathetic with Columbia University to join us for singing the 5 p.m Sunday Masses in St. Paul’s Chapel during the University term. This Sunday is the opening Mass of the year, and rehearsal is in the chapel at 4 p.m. Very efficient, no? How else will you get to perform lovely music in superb acoustics and awe-inspiring visual surroundings after about fifty minutes of rehearsal? Let me know if you have any questions or want to let me know that you’re interested, and I’ll e-mail you PDFs of the music to be sung.

Click here to see the people’s leaflet, showing what the music will be:

Holy Spirit Mass