We hosted a dinner party last night, and as we often have for gatherings of our contemporaries, we chose music from the 1980s as the soundtrack – peppy, yet nostalgic.  I think Google Play picked a list it called “80s to sing along with” or some such.  None of us were singers, but at multiple […]

It probably goes without saying that the more you know about something the more you can appreciate it.  As I approach this new movement of the Vivaldi concerto, its layers of musical wonder are being made manifest to me – I see in the work beauty that, prior to playing it, I could never have […]

My organization held a screening of the film Soundtrack for a Revolution back in November of 2016 – the PBS film highlights music as a tool for social change during the civil rights movement.  Our screening was a response to the then-recent election of an unapologetic racist to the highest office in America.  Since, the […]

One year ago today, I published my 500th post on Musical Me.  Today’s post is my 545th.  I started this blog both to chronicle my project to learn to play the violin, and to foster disciplined writing.  The twin pursuits emerged as an epiphany one Monday afternoon back in October of 2013, each conceived as […]

L’estro Armonico, Harmonic Inspiration, is a work of Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi published in 1711.  Popular in the composer’s lifetime, as were many of his works, the collection of concertos has been transcribed countless times since its original publication.  L’estro Armonico contains twelve concertos, which, according to Wikipedia, were written in a 7-format.  The […]

We’re back from our annual trip to visit family in Kansas – this year we took my father-in-law along, which was a special treat.  He enjoyed getting to meet my nieces and nephews, my in-laws, and my two grandmothers, with whom he’s developed a bit of a correspondence concerning their maladies over the past couple […]

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is a gifted group of over 150 world-class artists dedicated to performing and promoting chamber music.  Last night an ensemble from the group treated Chicago with a winter-welcoming special – The Brandenburg Concertos.  Michael and I had good seats for the magnificent performance at the Harris Theatre adjacent […]