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Kurt Knecht
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composer/organist/conductor
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The despair of humans in contemporary society
"There is a weight on their minds, and a mountain of misery lies on their hearts...For each, not knowing what he wants, seeks always to change his place, as if he could dro p his burden. Here is one who, bored to death at home, goes forth every now and then...
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St. Thomas a Beckett
For all the problems of the Middle Ages, I find some things still astounding. After ordering the death of Thomas a Beckett, the pope excommunicated the knights that did the deed and sent them on Crusade for 14 years. Here is the amazing thing. Henry II, to ...
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Lucretius nails it
"There is a weight on their minds, and a mountain of misery lies on their hearts...For each, not knowing what he wants, seeks always to change his place, as if he could drop his burden. Here is one who, bored to death at home, goes forth every now and then ...
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Week 2 2015 Christmas Carol Mashups collected
Here are last weeks carols collected. Let it Snow in the style of Bartok for Chelsea Coventry. Angels we have heard on high in the style of Grieg for Amy Flammino. In the bleak mid-Winter in the style of Vivaldi for Martha Davies. Grandma got run over by a ...
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I haven't been doing a personal blog in a while, but I thought I would collect the results of week 1 in a single place in case you missed any. O Christmas Tree in the style of Darius Milhaud Next was Andrea Ramsey's suggestion of The Little Drummer Boy in t...
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The problem with American society explained...finally
I have a diverse group of friends which includes some conservatives, some liberals, some moderates, some capitalists, some Marxists, some distributivists, some anarchists, some Christians, some atheists, some Jews, at least one Sikh, a Hari Krishna, and I t...
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1000 monkeys writing a Beethoven symphony
I guess there is a thing now where you pick a youtube video and send it to me for my commentary. Timothy Tharaldson sent in this one. This is wrong-headed for several reasons, so it's hard to know where to start. He says so little in so much time, that it i...
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Frank LaRocca and a cappella sacred music on MusicSpoke
I updated the sacred a cappella choral list  I made the other day to include the music of Frank LaRocca .  I wanted to do a separate post about it because I'm so excited to have him onboard at MusicSpoke . I seriously love his music. It's the kind of music ...
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The 38 reasons you need MusicSpoke in your life this week. You won't believe #5!
One of our British MusicSpoke composers, Matthew Cann , asked for a list of the a cappella sacred choral music we now have available on MusicSpoke . It's wonderful just to use the site to listen to some of this fabulous music. It's even better to buy it and...
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Fugue on the NPR theme
Some of my composition students are currently in Gretchen Foley's fiercely graded 18th century counterpoint class.  She asked me if I would pull out my final project and give her a copy. I had a little bit of practice time on Spring Break. I took the NPR th...
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