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  • Music as a Refuge – By Design

    April 8, 2020 by

    Music has a curious way of lifting us out of troubling circumstances. This is so prevalent in the human condition it is of no surprise somebody would write a song about this exultant effect. American composer Frank Ticheli provides us with the following lyrics from his 2007 piece titled “Earth Song”: Sing, Be, Live, See.This… Read more

  • Bach Fugues and Biology

    March 21, 2020 by

    As I write this today, it is the 335th birthday of one of my favorite composers, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This fact has caused me to reflect on what it is I like so much about his music, and this got me to thinking about fugues. Bach did not invent the structure known as the… Read more

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