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Singers with soul

Rolling Stone magazine has a list called “the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time”! They do explain that this is a list of the most influential artists (“recording artist” is … Continue reading

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Sunday, 8 November, 2015 · Leave a comment

Creole music

Once again I discovered something that everyone else has known about for some time: at least I’m consistent. I first came across Po’ Girl while watching the 2008  documentary Down … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 30 June, 2015 · Leave a comment

Voyager: an interview with Bïa Krieger

Bïa Krieger is a singer/songwriter, instrumentalist, dancer, broadcaster and author who has a unique ability to cross fertilise the musical cultures of Brazil, Spanish South America and France. She sings … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 · 1 Comment

National Anthems

I wonder how attached people still are to national anthems, and flags and all the paraphernalia of nationalism. Most of them date from the 19th century and are the vestiges … Continue reading

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Friday, 5 December, 2014 · Leave a comment

Salute to Vivaldi

Piazza San Marco in Venice by Vivaldi’s contemporary Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal 1697-1768) Everyone knows Antonio Vivaldi, right? The man from Venice who wrote The Four Seasons, a set of … Continue reading

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Saturday, 15 November, 2014 · Leave a comment

Songs in C

Women have a vocal singing range that runs approximately over the notes between middle and high C in pitch (something to do with the comparative shortness of their vocal chords … Continue reading

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Saturday, 8 November, 2014 · Leave a comment

Three pictures of Mozart

You would think that after all this time Mozart’s status would be secure. But I’ve found that most people put him into one of two categories, and a few into … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 26 August, 2014 · Leave a comment