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Classical Connections: Once upon a time

Last week I was chatting with a couple of friends at a local coffee house and the subject turned, as it so often does,...

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: Getting the Picture

Frank J. Oteri, the American composer and music journalist once observed that music and painting seem to have very little in common.  They appeal...

Classical Connections: A Farewell to Hams

In London, carnival usually means only one thing: the Notting Hill Carnival, a lively three-day celebration with street parades around the residential and shopping...

Classical Connections: Undesirable creatures

I don’t know about you, but I seem to have an aversion to snakes.  Now I’m sorry if you are a snake-lover but I...

Classical Connections: An under-rated master

Think of three baroque composers and you’ll probably come up with Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. There were hundreds of others of course, most of...

Classical Connections: Singular Voices

There was a time, not so long ago when much of Béla Bartók’s music seemed terribly modern-sounding.  As a schoolboy during the last century,...

Classical Connections: Poles apart

I suppose when most people think of Polish classical music, they think of Chopin or polonaises.  The polonaise of course is a dance –...

Classical Connections: The Outer Limits

“There is nothing wrong with your television set.  Do not attempt to adjust the picture…We will control the horizontal.  We will control the vertical…” If...

Classical Connections: Merrie Melodies

Some years ago, when I was involved in the gentle art of music education, I once became intensely irritated on hearing a well-meaning but...

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