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In Praise of Multitaskers

I’m listening right now to “Central Park in the Dark” by Charles Ives. And while he may not have been a multitasker in the purest sense, I love Ives because he was phenomenally successful in his music (even though much of it was never performed while he was alive) and in his day job as — of all things — an insurance agent. (In fact, I understand that Ives’ work in estate planning is taught to this day.) Nice to see the analytical and artistical (a neologism in the spirit of Ogden Nash) coexisting so nicely. I’ve always admired his music so much because he was just too enthusiastic to be restricted by things like harmony and time signatures — a joyful, exuberant cacophony. (See, especially, the “orchestral raspberry” at the bombastic end of his Symphony No. 2. You can see and hear Leonard Bernstein conducting this piece on YouTube right here. The fun begins at 11:30 (where the brass come in) and peaks at the very end, at 12:38. Whee!)

And, while we’re at it, it looks like Ives was also an accomplished athlete, having been the team captain and pitcher for the Hopkins Grammar School baseball team:

Way to go, Charles!

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Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q3

Opera Man

The listening for the third quarter of 2010 was monothematic: Opera with a vengeance. I’ve always loved opera and I finally took the time to go to the main branch of the public library here and check out as many CDs as I could possibly listen to. It was such as long list that I can only mention the composers/performers and not the individual pieces.

[Disclaimer: I actually can’t stand Adam Sandler but I couldn’t pass up Opera Man for this occasion.]

Operas by:

  • Mark Adamo
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Adès
  • Louis Andriessen
  • Dominick Argento
  • Thomas Arne
  • Daniel-François-Esprit Auber
  • Samuel Barber
  • Béla Bartók
  • Vincenzo Bellini
  • Alban Berg
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Georges Bizet
  • John Blow
  • Alexander Borodin
  • Benjamin Britten
  • Daniel Catán
  • Luigi Cherubini
  • Aaron Copland
  • Manuel de Falla
  • Léo Delibes
  • Frederick Delius
  • Gaetano Donizetti
  • Antonín Dvořák
  • George Enesco
  • Peter Eötvös
  • Carlisle Floyd
  • George Gershwin
  • W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
  • Umberto Giordano
  • Philip Glass
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Paul Hindemith
  • Leoš Janáček
  • Franz Lehár
  • Ruggero Leoncavallo
  • Bohuslav Martinů
  • Pietro Mascagni
  • Gian-Carlo Menotti
  • Giuseppe Saverio Raffaele Mercadante
  • Douglas S. Moore
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Modest Mussorgsky
  • Jacques Offenbach
  • Matthias Pintscher
  • Francis Poulenc
  • Giacomo Puccini
  • Henry Purcell
  • Jean Philippe Rameau
  • Maurice Ravel
  • Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Gioachino Rossini
  • Antonio Salieri
  • Arnold Schoenberg
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini
  • Johann Strauss Ⅱ
  • Richard Strauss
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Richard Teitelbaum
  • Ambroise Thomas
  • Virgil Thomson
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Richard Wagner
  • William Walton
  • Carl Maria von Weber
  • Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin
  • Yehudi Wyner

Lieder/Songs by:

  • Amy Beach
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Benjamin Britten
  • Aaron Copland
  • Manuel de Falla
  • George Frideric Handel
  • Charles Ives
  • Gustav Mahler
  • Julián Orbón
  • Matthias Pintscher
  • Richard Strauss

Albums by:

  • Bryn Terfel
  • Cecilia Bartoli
  • Christina Högman
  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Elīna Garanča
  • Enrico Caruso
  • Jessye Norman
  • Magdalena Kožená
  • Maria Callas
  • Plácido Domingo
  • Renée Fleming
  • Simone Kermes
  • Sumi Jo
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