Category Archives: Classical Music

Some quick thoughts on current debates about higher education

“Everyone Thinks the Current State of Higher Education is Awful. Who is to Blame?” Daniel W. Drezner, The Washington Post, 14 August 2015. This article summarizing some current debates about higher education is worth reading. In the U.S. we’re definitely … Continue reading

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Comments on Samuel Barber’s “Summer Music for Wind Quintet”

Barber – Summer Music for Wind Quintet (Part 1) – YouTube. A fine professional ensemble (Ensemble Wien-Berlin) handles this difficult but stunningly beautiful music–one of the very great wind quintets ever written.   See also Part 2 on YouTube (link … Continue reading

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excerpt from Jennifer Higden’s “Quiet Art” (for string quartet)

A lovely excerpt from the second movement, “Quiet Art,” of Jennifer Higdon’s “Impressions” string quartet, a great tribute to Ravel and Debussy and French painters. The second movement Higdon says is about “the solitude in which artists work, and the … Continue reading

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