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Rolling Along

Somewhere between pure pop music-music that succeeds or fails on the basis of its popularity-and genre music lies a kind of music that critic Robert Christgau...

Nearly Good as Gould

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations (1741) has rightly entered the domain of musical myth. By all evidence Bach believed that music was essential...

Music of the Invisible

Saint François d’Assise, Olivier Messiaen’s only operatic work, received its world premiere in Paris in 1983. It has rarely been performed since,...

Music as Sacrament

I am a Connecticut Yankee transplanted from the Midwest. I have never worshiped the sun, never sought the heat. But this past June I headed due and deep south...

De Profundis

The hundredth anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), widely commemorated in the music world this year, reminds us that he wrote what is...

Saving the Sacred Past

The Haenssler Classic recording company, based in the southern German city of Holzgerlingen, is an anomaly: a small independent firm specializing in sacred...

On Music

Our fine arts were established, and their types as well as their practice fixed, in a time quite distinct from ours, by men whose control of material things...

An Interview with Elie Wiesel

Shortly after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Elie Wiesel was interviewed in a program at The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College in...

An Interview with Jorge Luis Borges

Often considered the greatest living writer of Spanish prose, Jorge Luis Borges was born in 1899 in Buenos Aires. In reviewing a volume of Borges' "...
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