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A Musical Requiem

From the December 2002 Print Edition

Timing is everything. To complete his three“year tenure as composer“in“residence with the Pacific Symphony (an ensemble in Orange County, California), Richard Danielpour planned to write a large choral work dedicated to American veterans. The premiere was scheduled for November . . . . Continue Reading »

One Man’s Bach

From the January 2002 Print Edition

The True Life of J.S. Bach By Klaus Eidam , translated by Hoyt Rogers Basic. 432 pp. $35 Nicht Bach, sondern Meer sein! Beethoven’s famous pun on Johann Sebastian Bach’s last name (“not a Brook, but rather an Ocean!”) is perhaps the most eloquent summary of the Saxon . . . . Continue Reading »

Passion Stomp

From the December 2001 Print Edition

The ovation at the close of its premiere in Stuttgart was so raucous that people out on the street thought a pop concert was ending. In Boston the critics were ecstatic, one writing that at the end “the crowd made a sound that will echo in the musical world for some time.” The Wall Street . . . . Continue Reading »

Sacred Fanfares

From the October 2000 Print Edition

The international broadcast of the opening of Scotland’s new parliament in July 1999 gave the world more to see than just Queen Elizabeth’s much ballyhooed thistle-inspired frock. It also presented Scottish composer James MacMillan conducting two of his fanfares as Her Royal Highness led the . . . . Continue Reading »

Apostles of Rock

From the February 2000 Print Edition

Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music by jay r. howard and john m. streck university press of kentucky, 304 pages, $29.95 “Redemption.” The banner headline in the May 6, 1999 Nashville Tennessean wasn’t about religion. It was about commerce. . . . . Continue Reading »

Moses at the Met

From the December 1999 Print Edition

The twentieth century an age of religious art? It wouldn’t seem so. In the ranks of painters, sculptors, writers, and architects it is hard to think of very many (Rouault, Gaudi, Solzhenitsyn) for whom matters of faith were a significant subject for their creativity. But as this aggressively . . . . Continue Reading »

The Mozart Effect

From the March 1999 Print Edition

It can cure backache. And asthma. And obesity, writer’s block, alcoholism, schizophrenia, prejudice, heart disease, drug addiction, headaches, and aids. It makes bread rise better and improves the taste of beer. It can even make you smarter—so smart that in Florida it’s now the law that . . . . Continue Reading »