Category Archives: Music

Never assume you know why…

Last Sunday night my daughters were singing in a performance of Fauré’s Requiem. Quite right too. Nothing unusual or alarming in that. Except that the concert blew my mind. Fair enough. The Fauré Requiem is a moving piece. But the … Continue reading

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Expanding our vocabulary

First please listen to this. It’s an extract from Gesualdo’s Tristis est anima mea, from his Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday. Listen in particular, if you will, to the section from about 2:07 to 3:07. Not a happy man, Gesualdo. … Continue reading

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The shock of the familiar

It is always a revelation to come back to a piece of music one has known well after a period of absence. But seldom is that revelation so startling, so exhilarating, so cathartic as it was for me when first … Continue reading

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