Phorion (1967)

This piece by Lukas Foss (1922-2009) is fifty years old, but somehow captures exactly how it sometimes feels inside my head. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw5tnossm0U   You can hear the world broadcast premiere of Phorion from 1967, performed by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Berstein in this second video.  It is followed by a interview with... Continue Reading →

Not The Kommandant’s Waltz

The Chaconne from the Partita for Violin No. 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the greatest pieces of music ever written for solo violin, or any solo instrument for that matter.  It was written between 1717 and 1720, during the high Baroque period of music history.  A little clarification on terminology is in... Continue Reading →

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