Happy birthday, Igor

June 17, 2021

In honor of the birthday of Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (1882-1971), here is the Russian dance from Petrushka, played by Yuja Wang.

Happy birthday, Edvard

June 15, 2021

It’s the birthday of Edvard Grieg (1842-1907), the composer who put Norway on the musical map. Grieg’s Holberg Suite, composed 1884, consists of five movements, each based on an 18th century dance form. Here is the third movement, played by the strings of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra — a group of musicians who make no secret of how much fun they’re having.

Happy Flag Day

June 14, 2021

Happy birthday, William

June 13, 2021

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) wrote “The Lake Isle of Inisfree” in 1888. Here it is in a choral setting by Ola Gjeilo.

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

Today’s cultural moment

June 10, 2021

Sunday musical offering

June 6, 2021

Today’s cultural moment

June 3, 2021

Musical offering for Memorial Day

May 31, 2021

Sunday musical offering

May 30, 2021

Sunday musical offering

May 23, 2021

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