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Book Review: Looking at Numbers by Johson and Jedrzejewski

Many of you know that I’m a fan of Tom Johnson’s music. I’ve reviewed his CDs (Questions and The Chord Catalogue) and Narayana’s Cows is a work that I end up showing all of my composition students at some point (just ask them). I have a copy of Self-Similar Melodies and I worked through the […]

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My Year of Opera: Year End Review

That was the year that was. My little project to watch one opera a week was a grand success, in my humble opinion, even though I didn’t always watch one opera per week (and played catch-up). And then there was June in which I got bored with the project and just listened to every Robert […]

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My Year of Opera: Le Grand Macabre

Ending the year with a bang. Holy crap, what an experience! I have heard Ligeti’s opera a few times (both the German and English translations) but never thought I’d see it. When San Francisco put it on a few years back, I strongly considered flying out to see it but, as a doctoral student, couldn’t […]

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My Year of Opera: Muppet Christmas Carol

Sounds like a desperate post, doesn’t it? But, in the context of everything else, why not? I talked about Frozen, Once More With Feeling, and Dr. Horrible. While there are many holiday specials with all sorts of horrible musical numbers, The Muppet’s Christmas Carol has some really good tunes, is rather funny, and is one […]

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My Year of Opera: Les indes galantes

Let’s see, the clock is running out on this little project. I like French opera. I like Baroque music. Haven’t watched any French Baroque opera all year? Les indes galantes to the rescue! This was a recent production by Les Arts Florissants and was absolutely stunning. Bright colors, beautiful voices, imaginative and opulent staging, lots […]

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My Year of Opera: Silent Night

I don’t know how many PBS affiliates showed Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer-winning opera Silent Night last Friday but since the composer grew up in Alma, about 20 minutes south of where I live, one of our local PBS stations aired a performance of the opera from the Minnesota Opera. The opera is almost exactly 2 hours […]

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My Year of Opera: Parsifal

One of the main reasons I undertook this “year of opera” project was to expose myself to a ton of rep and develop a sense of what my tastes are as a budding opera composer. I had seen several operas live, many on video, but I wanted to give this year to a more concentrated […]

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My Year of Opera: U-Carmen eKhayelitsha

Netflix suggested this film and I’m glad it did. Netflix is good for many thing but opera isn’t really one of them. Back in the early days, the DVD-era Netflix had some opera but now the streaming offerings are quite hit and miss. This telling of Carmen, set in South Africa and translated entirely into […]

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My Year of Opera: Frozen

I went to see Frozen over the weekend with my daughter, my sister, and her two kids. There is a ton of music in the first 2/3rds of the movie (more than I expected) so I figured “Why not?” If I included the musical episode of Buffy, I can certainly talk about this. I wasn’t […]

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My Year of Opera: Anna Bolena

Not much to say about this one: Donizetti, Sutherland, what’s not to enjoy? I was particularly taken with Roquefort’s performance (Gidon Saks). Not much to the story, of course, pretty much what you’d expect. I can see why this doesn’t get done as much as Donizetti’s more famous works. No one aria or scene really […]

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