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A.C. Douglas
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The most terrifying aria in all of opera, or why Mozart stands alone as a composer of dramma per musica. (Our thanks to The Music... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Sounds & Fury
During the past decade or two, there's been a chorus of objections to the name given the sort of Western music commonly referred to as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at Sounds & Fury
I want to make something perfectly clear, both to myself and others, and there's no better way to make something perfectly clear than to reduce... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at This & That
Well, not really hate. Just screamingly jealous of him. The interesting thing is that such an innate ability (and it's absolutely innate; it's genetic and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Sounds & Fury
Pliable (the blogosphere nom de guerre of Bob Shingleton), publisher of the blog On an Overgrown Path, has announced the closing down of his long-running... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Sounds & Fury
This imaginative and mostly delicious hors d'oeuvre for the forthcoming Series IV of the popular and critically acclaimed Brit TV series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at Sounds & Fury
[NOTE: This entry has been updated (1) as of 6:33 PM Eastern on 19 Dec. See below.] One cold winter's evening sometime in the early... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
The below is ostensibly written and performed not as a joke or as satirical commentary but earnestly and in all seriousness. Lord preserve us all!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
We've just put up on our sidebar the link to a new Featured Past Post titled "Appalling Reality: A Summing Up". Do have a look.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
You should listen to this. You really should. Meltingly beautiful. (Our thanks to Parterre Box for the link.) Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
The following astounding tweet showed up on my Twitter timeline — so astounding I felt compelled to read it some three times to make certain... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at This & That
We just viewed our DVRed copy of the Democrats Presidential Debate on CBS. The difference between that debate and the previous Republican Presidential Debate on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at This & That
[NOTE: This entry has been updated (1) as of 1:21 AM Eastern on 8 Nov. See below.] If this production doesn't drive us back to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
We just got around to viewing this lovely movie (thank you, Amazon Instant Video) and it's a thorough delight. Set in a fictional English retirement... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
Alex Ross, classical music critic for The New Yorker, notes on his blog The Rest Is Noise: Russell Thomas, speaking to Anne Midgette [here]: "The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
To no one's surprise, Hillary Clinton emerged the clear winner in this first 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate aired on CNN last night. Of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at This & That
Over the decades, we've viewed Citizen Kane some two- or three-dozen times and each time it seems as fresh as our first viewing. We viewed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
For the most part, commercial TV spot commercials today, either of the 30-second or 60-second sort (rarely longer or shorter), are each a kind of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
In yesterday's New York Times there appeared an article titled "Debating 'Otello,' Blackface and Casting Trends" wherein Ben Brantley, the Times's theater critic, and Anthony... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
It's been amusing watching the vacillating, almost tipsy roller-coaster opinion polls on the gazillion Republican candidates seeking the Republican nomination for POTUS, but the time... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at This & That
We recently posed the following hypothetical: What damage, if any, would be done to world culture were it the case that in no competent public... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
The first commission given newly naturalized British citizen George Frideric Handel by George I of Great Britain in 1727 was to write music for the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
Our S&F entry "The Met Panders To The Sensibilities Of Simpletons — Again" of 5 August addressing an aspect of the Met's new production of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
You all (or rather, most of you, even if you're not Jewish) have at least heard of Kol Nidre, the ancient Jewish prayer and rite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2015 at Sounds & Fury
First it was an absurd Met no-makeup Caucasian Otello (coming at you on Monday, 21 September). Now it's a cancelled December New York Gilbert &... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Sounds & Fury