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Reicha Requiem Reviewed

It’s unusual for amateur groups like the Stanford Symphonic Chorus and Peninsula Symphony get reviewed. But the rarity of the Reicha Requiem attracted a review from David Bratman in San Francisco Classical Voice. It’s a nice, insightful piece, and I … Continue reading

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Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Infernal Machines

Infernal Machines, the debut album from Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, is my favorite jazz album of the year. Here is a big band album that engages popular music in ways that have been largely lost since the 1970s, and … Continue reading

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Herb Pomeroy on Jazz Writing

Herb Pomeroy directed jazz bands at MIT from 1963 to 1985. He was the founder of the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, one of the first three collegiate bands from the USA to perform at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. He … Continue reading

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Music at MIT Oral History Project

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the remarkable Music at MIT Oral History Project at the MIT Lewis Music Library. For 10 years, Forrest Larson has been interviewing key players in the history of music at MIT. His interviews … Continue reading

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Reicha Requiem at Stanford

Interested in hearing a rarely-performed large-scale choral work from the early 19th century? Here’s your chance to hear Anton Reicha’s Missa pro defunctis (Requiem). The Stanford Symphonic Chorus and Peninsula Symphony will be performing it this weekend, together with excerpts … Continue reading

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Henry Cowell: The Whole World of Music

I finally had a chance to attend an Other Minds concert: the first of a two-concert series devoted to the American composer Henry Cowell. Other Minds is one of the Bay Area’s great new music organizations, and for this concert … Continue reading

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Back From Puccini Country

A highlight of our recent vacation in Italy was the time we spent in Lucca and the surrounding area. Among its other charms, Lucca was the hometown of Giacomo Puccini, composer of several of the most popular operas of all … Continue reading

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Dolet 5 for Finale Now Available

Dolet 5 for Finale, Recordare’s plug-in for reading and writing MusicXML files from the Finale music notation program, is now available. Dolet 5 for Finale adds support for Finale 2010, including the new chord features, the new percussion features, and … Continue reading

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