Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Feast of Love

We are in the midst of a mini Virgil Thomson revival. His music is incredibly simple, and yet somehow not.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Correcting Coyne

Jerry Coyne posted a farrago of nonsense. I sent him this correction:
Of the Hobby Lobby case you wrote: “But in this case, since the ruling is on Constitutional grounds, I doubt that even Congress could affect it.” This is completely false. The FRFA was passed precisely because the court has held that businesses such as Hobby Lobby have no constitutional warrant for the rights they claim in this case. They have those rights now only by statute. The court's ruling was on the question whether FRFA applies. All that is required to get Hobby Lobby to comply with ACA is to repeal FRFA or amend ACA. Here are some explanations that might aid your understanding. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/06/30/the-hobby-lobby-majority-summarized-in-relatively-plain-english/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/06/30/hobby-lobby-and-the-legal-rights-of-people-organized-as-corporations/
Coyne has now, without credit, made a partial correction. But, lest I correct him again, he has blocked me as he found my note above, reproduced in its entirety, rude, and called me a jerk for sending it (speaking of politeness as we were).

Friday, June 27, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Small Koechlin

A small piece.  Pronouced Kay-clan.

A shard of Glass. Pronounced Glass.

More by Moran.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Boƫllmann Symphony in F

He's known for a bit of organ music but this, after a slow start, is very nice indeed.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jRLe-WSioDs

MGO is hopeless

Promised me two free movies for joining but billed me anyway. Lousy customer service too.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Austin Powers

It reminds me of Austin Powers.
“I want to do a tableau vivant.”
“An evil tableau vivant?”

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Castor & Pollux Overture

One of Tronto's two early music orchestras, the Aradia Ensemble led by Kevin Mallon. Rameau. And a bit from a video production by Rousset.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

World's worst music critic identified!

Lovers of early music will not be surprised.
Listen for yourself.
The Haydn symphonies set is superlative in all respects. It's not complete: 1-75 with a few extras. For anyone who needs the full cycle Fischer is availbale from Nimbus in MP3 format for about $25
Nimbus MP3 sets are also available of the Bowyer Bach organ music and the Lester Scarlatti set -- both are ridiculously cheap and splendid.