Category: This & That

The Contents Of An Ostrich’s Or Even A Hen’s Gizzard

A discussion in which Sir Donald takes a long walk into the Land of Tangential Analogies and compares music to amoebic digestion and various poultry gizzards. Every work of art, from the most absolute of music to the most pantomimic…

When Is A Gig Just A Gig?

Miss Mussel read Terry Teachout’s article on the NY Phil’s planned visit to North Korea with interest that, by the end of the first paragraph, turned to bewilderment. Since there are several points for which Miss Mussel has a contrary…

Music Manifesto: Help or Hindrance?

Today’s article from the Battle of Ideas is by Piers Hellawell, a composer and, for many years, a professor at the Queen’s University of Belfast. While the essay is about the Music Manifesto, a British government initiative to push music…

Now, Where Did I Put My Napalm?

There’s a bit of a battle going at Listen101 regarding the gender makeup of ensembles and programs. Those of you that ran to the scene when FIGHT was announced in high school may want to go on over. Lisa Hirsch…

Why Good Music Should Be Elitist

Today’s installment from the Battle of Ideas is bits of an essay by Anca Dumitrescu, a regular writer for Culture Wars. The main theme of the essay is the universality of music but Dumitrescu makes excellent points about elitism. The…

Political Prancing Gets A C&D

Highlights of an article by Shirley Dent, is the Communications Director for the Institute of Ideas., the organization behind the Battle of Ideas happening in London this weekend. As Brucie and co hit our screens again this autumn with family…

Let’s Just Get All This Out In The Open

The Battle of Ideas take place in Britain this weekend (as far as Miss Mussel can tell) and is a truly fascinating concept. It’s aims are “to showcase new arguments about the core issues of the day, while avoiding getting…

As Abhorrent As The Worship Of The Golden Calf

Sir Donald’s backhanded defense of opera. Doubtless there are some people to whom the use of music for illlustrating other things is as abhorrent as the worship of the golden calf was to the law-giver of Israel; but if you…

Whatever Happened To That Contest?

Nearly a month ago, Miss Mussel made an allusion to a contest that was meant to happen on this site in the first week of October as part of a whole blog launch extravaganza event. After discussing the situation with…

Just The Facts, Norm….Just The Facts.

A quick look at Chris Foley’s pagecast reveals that Norman Lebrecht’s book recall news has been met with some gleeful rubbing of hands, not to mention some very creative headlines. Daily Observations has Lebrecht Gets Spanked, while Sequenza 21 offers…

Can Someone Please Pass The Kleenex?

There looks to be a bit of a meme going around related to music that makes one misty-eyed. After a little thinking, it seems that, for Miss Mussel, the culprit is Mahler, followed by Brahms. Mahler’s Second Symphony was the…

Now With Cassock and Surplice

At 7:30 last evening, Miss Mussel started a new venture: church choir. Although she has not been a chorister since primary school and even then only in a non-audition school choir, the idea has been a fixture on the the…

Five-Finger Discount: Highbrow Edition

Miss Mussel’s Reuters Oddly Enough feed informed her yesterday that merchants at the Frankfurt Book Show can use the unofficial stolen book list to predict the bestsellers. In a nutshell, if people steal the books, the must be interesting and…

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.