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Handle’s Messiah

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December 10, 2017

For many, Christmas music creates joy and inspiration. Among the favorite holiday compositions  is an English-language oratorio composed by Georg Friedrich Handel in 1741, entitled Messiah. Its scriptural text was compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. The music… Read More ›

The Digital Evolution

Times are changing!  This is especially true in the music industry.  Before we discovered digital music we spent time listening to live performances and taping music to obtain infinite detail and infinite resolution.  If you are old enough to remember the’70s you probably can remember turntables and 8-track players.  We played records or tapes using… Read More ›

Classical Music Period Part 3 – Romantic and Modern Periods

Daniel Kobialka with Leonard Bernstein         As noted in the first of this series, the classification system describing the evolution of Western music follows that generally accepted by Music History Scholars.  To date these newsletters have provided a look into the key periods of musical development including: Early (prior to 9th century) Medieval (9th to… Read More ›

Classical Music Period Part 2 – Renaissance, Baroque and Classical Periods

Part 2 in this series describes Western music created in the Renaissance period (15th to 16th Centuries),  Baroque period (1700 to 1750), and Classical period (1750 to 1820).  Take time to listen to one of the great pieces of music from this period.  The version below is of Pachelbel-Canon in D available at  https://www.wonderofsound.com/product/dreams-beyond-the-twilight-mp3/ Renaissance… Read More ›

Classical Music Periods – Part 1

Early and Medieval Music The classification system describing the evolution of Western music incorporated into the next series of newsletters follows that generally accepted by Music History Scholars.  The following list of classifications provide a look into the key periods of musical development: Early (prior to 9th century) Medieval (9th to 14th century) Renaissance (15th… Read More ›

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