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Classical Connections: Thy Sea-Encircled Isle

This evocative phrase was created by the eighteenth century English composer Benjamin Cooke, who was organist at Westminster Abbey and master of the Abbey’s...

Classical Connections: And the Waltz Goes On

You might be surprised to know that the title And the Waltz Goes On is actually an orchestral piece composed by the actor Sir...

Classical Connections: Sea Fever

In the sultry British autumn of 2005, a poetry magazine called Magma published a list of popular poems and invited people to vote for...

Classical Connections: A wandering voice

The title of course comes from William Wordsworth; he who wandered lonely as a cloud, composed upon Westminster Bridge, wrote poetry about nature and...

Classical Connections: Three’s company

“When shall we three meet again?” is, you may recall, the first line spoken in the Scottish play (for I dare not utter its...

Classical Connections: Stolen melodies

I wonder whether you recall that court case involving the song My Sweet Lord supposedly by George Harrison.  The song came out in 1971...

Classical Connections: Trains of thought

I wonder whether you recall that self-righteous little poem by Frances Cornford entitled, rather insensitively, To a Fat Lady Seen from the Train.  My...

Classical Connections: Black marks on white paper

When you come to think about it, Western music notation is quite amazing because it has served musicians pretty well unchanged for several hundred...

Classical Connections: Looney Tunes

I rather like the story about the child at elementary school who was asked by her teacher which is most useful, the sun or...

Classical Connections: A sense of place

A few days ago with nothing very much in mind, I was aimlessly browsing through different countries with the aid of Google maps and...

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