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 →

Why Music?

On the "About" page of the new book blog I started, Great Books of Old Stream,  I spent some time thinking about why I read.  I asked myself, why is it important for people to read great books?  Also,  why do I continue to read challenging things as often as I can?  Here on my... Continue Reading →

All Four in One, or One For All

When you pick up your smartphone and Google the definition of “symphony”, you will see this: Symphony An elaborate musical composition for full orchestra, typically in four movements, at least one of which is in sonata form. At the conveniently named website Dictionary.com, you could find this definition for “symphony” An extended musical composition for... Continue Reading →

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