Archive for January, 2010

A Young Conductor and a Mature Violinist
January 24, 2010

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Friday, January 22, 2010
8:00 p.m.

James Gaffigan, conductor
Emanuel Borok, violin

Musorgsky – Prelude to Khovanshtchina
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10
Beethoven – Concerto in D major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 61 (more…)

Welcome to Music in Other Words
January 24, 2010

How do we talk and write about music? How do we express a musical experience in words? What is good about good music?

Recently I have been thinking about how the aural phenomenon of music translates into the visual medium of text.  But perhaps “translation” is not the right word; it is appropriate only if music is a proper language itself. Or it might be necessary first to distinguish music from other sounds. Before I get smothered in thought experiments and semantic qualms, I’d like to get my hands dirty and attempt a little bit of the controversial and sometimes hated practice of the music critic.  You will find reviews of live performances both high and low, reviews of recorded music, and maybe some philosophical exploration about the relationship between music and words. I hope you enjoy music in other words.