Monthly Archives: May 2013

Five Variants on “I Bid You Goodnight”

My title was chosen as a play on the title of one of Vaughan-Williams’s most loved pieces, Five Variants on “Dives and Lazarus”; a piece that is not a set of variations as such, but rather a presentation of five

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Sylvia Townsend Warner and the Machaut Kyrie

“But out came the music as the kingfisher flashes from its nest of stinking fishbones.” During the 1920s, Sylvia Townsend Warner, known as an expert in early forms of music notation (and as an amateur composer and musician),  joined a

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A new planet swimming in…

Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken By using such a portentous opening to this post, I could so well be setting myself up to fail. I feel compelled, nonetheless,

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