Why This Composer Avoids Conducting

It is said there are two things you want to be very certain about handing to a composer: a microphone, and a conductor’s baton. That’s obviously not true of everyone, but I definitely try to avoid the baton. Read the full post

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Why I (Mostly) Don’t Like “Concert Black”

This isn’t exactly a new complaint on my part, so it’s really no secret that I’m not a fan of performers defaulting to concert black most of the time. It came up in conversation again recently, and there was actually a specific request for me to write a post about it, so let’s dive in to my thoughts. Read the full post

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In Flanders Fields…

It has been another Remembrance Day for another year.  In the course of this year’s services, I was able to hear three different choral settings of John McCrae’s famous WWI poem “In Flanders Fields”, and I found myself musing on how all the settings I’ve heard over the years are maybe too “pretty.” Read the full post

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Why Do I Hate Handel’s Messiah?

First off:  yes, I know, I have committed the ultimate musical sacrilege – the stones are being gathered, and the pitchforks are being sharpened.  But I really and truly do not like Handel’s Messiah.  (And I’m actually not alone) Read the full post

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