Tag Archives: Music

For I will consider Christopher Smart

You may have come across the poem by Christopher Smart (1722-1771), “For I will consider my cat Jeoffry”, which begins: For I will consider my cat Jeoffry. For he is the servant of the living God. Duly and daily serving … Continue reading

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New music for 2010

Another new year, another annual round-up of the main “new-to-me” artists I’ve listened to over the past year, as recorded by my Last.fm account: I wouldn’t say this has been a particularly epic year for discovering new music, but there’s … Continue reading

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Humanity’s fall: magic or mimesis?

I’ve been listening this week to David Bazan’s album Curse Your Branches. This is not an easy album to listen to: Bazan has lost the faith he had when recording as Pedro the Lion, and now describes himself as an … Continue reading

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Other passions

A couple of quick musical recommendations if you’re looking for some music for Holy Week that isn’t by Bach or Stainer. (I know, crazy idea, but hear me out, hear me out…) Charles Wood’s St Mark Passion alternates the text … Continue reading

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A very twentieth-century Requiem

I’ve just been watching the latest episode of Simon Russell Beale’s series Sacred Music,  on Fauré and Poulenc. UK residents can see it on iPlayer for the next 20 days. The section on Fauré focused on his Requiem, and suggested … Continue reading

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Impressive and moving – and that’s just the reviews

Interesting quote from Bono (from this 2005 article on differences of opinion between music critics and the public): Critics like to be impressed, whereas audiences like to be moved. It is almost like one is cerebral and the other is … Continue reading

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