Category: This & That

Conscientiously Blind To A Real Aesthetic

Does technical knowledge of music help or hinder a listener’s experience? Sir Donald weighs in: I was once severely rebuked by a friend when I pointed out a specially beautiful example of “double counterpoint in the twelfth” in an orchestral…

Good Vibrations: WLU Symphony Orchestra

Review: Wilfrid Laurier University Symphony Orchestra, in today’s KW Record Saturday evening was the first concert of the year for Wilfrid Laurier’s Symphony Orchestra. The atmosphere in the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall was relaxed and convivial with most of the…

Adventures with Random: Episode IV

1. Brahms; A minor Intermezzo Op 118; Stephen Kovacevich 2. Bay City Rollers; Saturday Night 3. Louis Armstrong; Willie The Weeper; 4. Big Wreck; Knee Deep 5. Bach;Gigue BWV 1010; Yo-Yo Ma 6. Ella Fitzgerald; My Funny Valentine 7. Ella…

You Know You’re Famous When

Originally spotted on Google.ca, but it’s on homepages for USA, UK, Australia, Italy and France, Nigeria and The Congo as well as, most certainly, every other Google homepage in existence.

To Screen Or Not To Screen?

To screen, or not to screen: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous disinterest, Or to take arms against a sea of prejudice, And by opposing end them? To…

One for the Christmas List

An article in yesterday’s New York Review of Books discusses a new book on Mozart with such enthusiasm that it is now occupying that most sacred of places: the “may possibly receive” portion of the Christmas suggestion list. Lists from…

Ruminating on Second Hand Theories

From Sir Donald Tovey’s 1934 lecture entitled Musical Form and Matter Neither the humble lover nor the master of pure musical form need entertain any tolerance for theories that deny the supremacy of absolute music. But all history and experience…

Holiday Monday

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canadia. Ours is a Pilgrim-free holiday, which is fitting considering that…well…people were coming to Canada to make a buck or ten trading fur and timber rather than trying to escape religious persecution. It is a…

The View From Here

Location: The green 1950s naugahyde recliner in which Miss Mussel daily smiths words and the like. Heat and massage features are on and being enjoyed as we speak. What follows is laundry list of items in the immediate vicinity. 1…

‘Ga-Ga for Gustav’

Clarke Bustard over at Letter V reports this tale of severely misguided orchestra administrators. It would be more amusing if it wasn’t so tragic. ‘Ga-Ga for Gustav’: So read buttons being handed out this weekend for performances of Mahler’s “Resurrection”…

Get In On The Ground Floor

Miss Mussel is always keeping an eye out for the next great investment opportunity and while she considers herself an excellent choice, she does recognize that some people prefer tangible assets. You know, something with a proven rate of return….

Off The Cuff

Kenneth Sillito at Friday night’s concert: We’ve heard tonight the work of teenagers. Shostakovich wrote his octet at 19, Mendelssohn his at age 16. There is another fantastic piece for this combination also written by a teenager, Georges Enescu, the…

Placido Domingo Makes Springfield Debut

A few years ago, Miss Mussel fully embraced her rather serious levels of geekiness and is now at a place where she can admit freely to the interwebs that she watched tonight’s Simpsons episode, camera in hand, to capture this:…

Optimism is denial, so face the facts and move on

An interview in today’s Telegraph with Il Divo in which the boys whinge about being called a boy band and try their best to convince readers that they should be taken seriously, puts Miss Mussel in an awkward position. In…

So…we meet again

This note just dropped into the OM Inbox. Dear Miss Mussel, Thank you for your order of tickets from Perimeter Institute. Your ticket(s) were confirmed on Sep, 27 2007 at 01:32pm 1 Stool Seating ticket(s) for The Academy of St….

The Spontaneously Joyful Opera Singer

It was a cold winter day and the train was overheated. The F was running more slowly than usual, pausing between stops, and the number of people far exceeded the average person’s cubic feet of airspace needed for their patience…