Celebrate John Adams

And, no, I am not talking about John Adams, the composer of gargantuan inanities such as the opera The Death of Klinghoffer. I am going to write about the other composer named John Adams, more accurately, John Luther Adams: born January 23, 1953; an American composer whose music is inspired by nature, especially the landscapes […]

Overview : Pelléas et Mélisande

Debussy had planned on writing an opera for some time prior to Pelléas et Mélisande.  Much earlier he had remarked,  “For a long time I had been striving to write music for the theatre, but the form in which I wanted it to be was so unusual that after several attempts I had given up […]

focus : early music

I really enjoy listening to music from the 13th-15th centuries.  This has been an interest of mine for almost as long as my love of music.  And I am told that often people who enjoy contemporary classical music also enjoy early music, and not much in between.  While that is not entirely true for me, […]