Music Category

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Richard Wagner

Today is the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner, for many the greatest composer who ever lived. Germany has been celebrating. A monument is to be erected in Leipzig, his birthplace, and there will be concerts at Bayreuth. Wagner once said, “I hold the Jewish race to be the born enemy of pure humanity and everything […]

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Eurovision Special

Well, it’s that date again when Europe is subjected to the audible and visual disappointments of the Eurovision Song Contest. So today I’m doing a little twist on my Look-alike series. Not look-alikes, but name-alikes. Definition of bonny (also bonnie) adjective (bonnier, bonniest)chiefly Scottish & Northern English attractive or beautiful:a bonny lass When I was a kid, there was bloke in our […]

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Happy Birthday Yehudi Menuhin

Baron Menuhin of Stoke d’Abernon was born this day in 1916 in New York City. So how did an American boy born to Jewish parents of Belarus origin become a Peer of the Realm and, in my opinion, one of the greatest violinists ever to walk the earth? The short answer is that he was brilliant, […]

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Savage Amusement

This bright and sunny Monday (though still bitterly cold and windy, I must say) I felt like getting off to a lively start. Last week a follower commented how he rarely gets much enjoyment from dance, so this little excerpt from Rameau’s 1735 opera-ballet Les Indes galantes will hopefully set him off on the right […]

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To Hell With It

I’ve been awake rather a long time and it’s barely turned 9am. Why? Getting angry. I don’t get angry much, I’m a calm person as a rule and others tell me I have a calming influence. But last night I read something that really upset me, and I’ve been writing a blog post in my […]

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