Category Archives: music

REVISITING ROBERT SCHUMANN

Recently the pianist-singer-composer Gabriel Kahane has given concerts featuring Schumann’s 1840 song cycle Dichterliebe, or A Poet’s Love.  It makes for a revisit to a composer who, in recent years, has been seldom performed or considered. In a long retrospect, … Continue reading

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BACH AS AN OPERA COMPOSER

    Felix Mendelsohn studied with Carl Zelter, a composer who founded the Berlin Philharmonic and befriended the great Goethe.  Goethe shared Zelter’s enthusiasm for Johann Sebastian Bach.  The poet likened Bach’s contrapuntal melodies to the thoughts of the Creator … Continue reading

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SHAKESPEARE’S MUSICALITY

A lot has been written over the centuries about Shakespeare’s musicality.  Over one hundred songs with lyrics by him have survived.  We know that as a professional actor in his time, he played musical instruments.  A snide comment made by … Continue reading

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THE ROCKY MUSICAL

Rocky, playing at the Winter Garden Theatre, is one of the major hits of the current Broadway season.  Adapted by Sylvester Stallone and co-librettist Tom Meehan from Stallone’s 1976 film of the same name, it shows that the basis of … Continue reading

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A MUSICAL SAMPLER

I have two muses.  When I was in grade school, I became interested in writing musicals.  I started to write scripts, and wanted to compose.   I asked my parents to buy a piano. My parents took some time to think … Continue reading

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A NEW SOUND OF MUSIC

The Sound of Music remains one of the most popular and performed of all musicals.  This 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein show, telling the story of the former convent novice Maria and the singing children of Captain von Trapp, was extremely … Continue reading

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NEW YORK VIA THE METRO NORTH

Driving in Jersey Is a frustrating mess. Get lost at ev’ry turn Even with the G.P.S. So have I written in a song.  After a number of driving adventures in New Jersey, my wife and I have recently decided to … Continue reading

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