Happy May Day

May 1, 2019

Happy birthday, Johann

March 21, 2016

A little fractured history from The King’s Singers, in celebration of the 331st birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Some beautiful music for the eleventh day of Christmas

January 4, 2016

Some beautiful music for the second day of Christmas

December 26, 2015

Jingle all the way

December 18, 2015

I’ve never been able to figure out how so many generic winter songs — “Jingle Bells,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Let it Snow,” etc. — came to be regarded as Christmas songs. It’s certainly not as if there’s any shortage of authentic Christmas music — i.e., music that actually has something to do with Christmas — in fact there is a positive embarrassment of riches in that department. I’m saving my favorites for the actual twelve days of Christmas, which don’t begin for another week. Right now it’s still Advent, and according to the calendar it’s still autumn… but the weather (at least where I live) being definitely wintery, a winter song seems appropriate… especially if it involves a performance by The King’s Singers.

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