Classical music is dead among the young

Not our words but Allan Bloom’s, in the chapter called “Music” in The Closing of the American Mind (1987). Not an astonishing assertion but one that all of who love classical music, and chamber music in particular, are drawn back to time and again. As our eyes rove around the audience at Sundin Hall, whom […]

Playing, listening on one buttock

We got an email the other day with a link to a Benjamin Zander lecture on music and passion. This Mahler-Beethoven interpreter is a marvelous lecturer and demonstrator of the power of classical music. He tells and shows us the difference between rote playing on the beat and passionate playing that takes us off both […]

Greetings from the Muses

This blog is calling Musings because it’s about our thoughts on our music. True, the Greeks thought of the Muses as nine separate entities or deities, and only one was dedicated to music. But Musings struck us as an appropriate name for ideas about the Musical Offering’s kind of music. Musings are ideas, images, rhythms, […]