The clarinet, Mozart & love

I grew up playing alto sax and clarinet in a 1940’s swing band. Little did I think that I would spend nearly 30 years as President of the Board of The Musical Offering, one of the finest chamber music groups in the country. I came late to chamber music; it is, indeed, one of the […]

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, […]