Daily Archives: July 22, 2020

The Court Jew And His Age

One of the more interesting phenomena in Western history, and a tradition that holds in the Islamic world as well as the United States, is the matter of the court Jew.  One of the characteristic survival strategies of the Jews … Continue reading

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Book Review: Handel

Handel, by Christopher Hogwood Handel makes an interesting case in the tension that exists between a composer and his works.  On the one hand, Handel has had a good reputation largely because of the strength of his works that has … Continue reading

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Book Review: Haydn (The Master Musicians)

Haydn (The Master Musicians), by Rosemary Hughes It is a great shame that Haydn, a man who was immensely creative even if his creativity developed later in life and was a slow-building sort of mastery of his art of composition, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bach: A Concertgoer’s Companion

Bach:  A Concertgoer’s Companion, by Alec Robertson One of the more fascinating aspects to this book, at least for me, is the way that it demonstrates that amazing and creative music need not come from a life that is disordered.  … Continue reading

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