Category Archives: Music

A Chest of Viols: A Brief Introduction to English Viol Consort Music

As a cellist and guitarist I have always thought the perfect instrument to be the Viola da Gama, a gut-fretted instrument tuned like a guitar but played like a cello. As with most aficionados my introduction to the instrument came … Continue reading

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My Ongoing Obsession with the Bach Cello Suites

At the tail end of 2014 I came across a book I had been previously been unaware of at a library liquidation sale and bought it for less than the price of a cup of coffee. That the book aroused … Continue reading

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Michael S. Judge on Skylight Press

Michael S. Judge was born in 1987 in Kansas City, MO.  He grew up in an Irish Catholic enclave in Kansas City, MO and was taught and terrified by Jesuits, much as per Joyce’s Portrait of an Artist as a … Continue reading

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Dead Can Dance and the Neoclassical Darkwave Legacy

Thank heavens they’re back! After a 16 year hiatus Dead Can Dance reformed to put out a new album called Anastasis, which although does not quite reach the heights of Spleen and Ideal, The Serpent’s Egg, or Aion, is still … Continue reading

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A Review of Dr. Dee: An English Opera

I have always been fascinated by the Welsh mathematician, scientist, astrologer, occultist, astronomer, navigator, and angelologist – Dr. John Dee – and finally got around to listening to Dr. Dee: An English Opera by former Blur, Gorillaz, The Good the … Continue reading

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Faery Loves & Faery Lais: A Collection of Breton Lais as told by Gareth Knight

“The Breton lai is a relatively short narrative poem, usually accompanied by music, that appeared in France some time about the middle of the 12th century, spread by travelling musicians and story tellers called ‘jongleurs.’ What we find important about … Continue reading

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How Much is My Strad Worth?

Back in the days when I worked in a luthier’s shop selling and restoring violin family instruments there was an oft occurrence.  About once or twice a week someone would come into the shop positively beaming and bearing and old … Continue reading

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