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Classical Connections: Give me five

Until yesterday, I always thought that a quintet was either a group of five musicians, or a piece of music written for them.  It...

Classical Connections: Rivers of Life

“A river,” wrote Laura Gilpin, “seems a magic thing … a magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”  Now Laura Gilpin you...

Classical Connections: Just a Minuet

A few days ago, having nothing much of importance to do, I read a short story by the 19th century master of the genre,...

Classical Connections: Morning Fix

As a young teenager, I invariably used to listen to Bach’s music first thing in the morning before going to school.  A fix of...

Classical Connections: And all that jazz…

As a music student, I often used visit the 100 Club in London’s Oxford Street.  It was a smoky, seedy sort of place in...

Classical Connections: War Games

On Thursday, 11th September 1591 John Baldwin added the finishing touches to his elegantly hand-written collection of keyboard music, entitled My Ladye Nevells Booke. Baldwin...

Classical Connections: Only a Matter of Time

Near the beginning of almost every piece of printed music there are two numbers, one above the other, like a fraction. It’s called a...

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...

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