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Why Beauty Matters

By |2020-01-13T11:38:19-06:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Beauty, Roger Scruton|

"The sacred and the beautiful stand side by side. Two doors that open onto a single space. In that space we find our home."—Sir Roger Scruton (1944-2020). Please watch this brilliant, classic documentary by the late Sir Roger Scruton on "Why Beauty Matters." —The editors This essay in our series of “Timeless Essays” [...]

Bruce Springsteen’s “Rhinestone Cowboy”: The Bard of Authenticity Salutes Cheesy Seventies Style

By |2020-01-10T15:38:14-06:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Music|

Bruce Springsteen covers “Rhinestone Cowboy” in the closing credits of his new film "Western Stars," which he made to promote the album of the same name. Why did he choose this one to wrap up the movie? I think it’s a sly confession. Glen Campbell and Bruce Springsteen are not so far apart as they [...]

“Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day”: A Christmas Carol for All Seasons

By |2019-12-25T02:32:05-06:00December 24th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Culture, Michael De Sapio, Music, Senior Contributors|

“Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” hearkens back to an era when theological ideas were part of everyone’s mental awareness, ripe for poetry and song. Though the idea of Christ and humanity being united as bridegroom and bride is a classic Christian motif, we are surprised to find it in a popular Christmas carol, [...]

Holiday Therapy: César Franck’s “Panis Angelicus”

By |2019-12-22T22:27:20-06:00December 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Culture, Music|

César Franck’s beautiful short piece, “Panis Angelicus,” seems to epitomize all that is good about December, while serving as good therapy against those manic bouts of mandated (and teeth-gritting) good cheer. You hear the opening notes and your shoulders unclench; your thoughts slow. Your ears prick up in order to catch every beautiful note. [...]

Five New Classical Solo Albums for Gifting

By |2019-12-18T16:05:30-06:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Music|

So many classical solo albums released this year.... I have five unique choices as gift recommendations for Christmas, comprising two cellos, two violins, and one piano. 1. I became aware of my first choice in late spring thanks to reader Frida Peeple. After reading my essay on Vivaldi’s cello concertos, she mentioned Croatian-Slovenian Luka Šulić’s [...]

“The Nativity”

By |2019-12-17T16:04:41-06:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Christmas, Music|

American composer Paul Creston's Symphony No. 3 is composed of three movements, each depicting one of the mysteries of the life of Christ: "The Nativity," "The Crucifixion," and "The Resurrection." Here is more rom the Naxos recording of this work: In his Symphony No.3 Creston expressed his deep religious feelings in an orchestral Life of Christ. Premiered [...]

Glory to Dido! The Operas of Hector Berlioz

By |2019-12-11T01:30:39-06:00December 10th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Hector Berlioz, Hector Berlioz Sesquicentennial Series, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

"They are finally going to play my music." —Hector Berlioz, on his deathbed Though Hector Berlioz's operas are still little known today—even to the opera-going public, who are much more likely to find the dramas of Verdi, Puccini, Bellini, and Mozart on the program—the increasing recognition of their many glories is slowly making them less [...]

A Thanksgiving Tale of Redemption: “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”

By |2019-11-28T19:29:02-06:00November 27th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Film, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Thanksgiving, Timeless Essays|

A lighthearted romp at first blush, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” yet tells the story of how the example of simple goodness can be transformational… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Stephen Klugewicz, as he discusses the humanity of the 1980s John Hughes comedy, Planes, Trains and Automobiles.—W. [...]

“Chasin’ Wild Horses”

By |2019-11-14T11:35:32-06:00November 12th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Music|

Bruce Springsteen's "Chasin' Wild Horses" was released on his 2019 album "Western Stars," a set of songs told from the viewpoint of an older man, about remembrance, regret, and the search for redemption in the American West. The album marks a musical departure for Mr. Springsteen, as it features a classical chamber orchestral and a [...]

Candles Behind the Wall

By |2019-11-09T17:02:21-06:00November 8th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Barbara J. Elliott, Christianity, Communism, Freedom, History, Politics, Senior Contributors|

Barbara J. Elliott remembers the fall of the Berlin Wall, and draws attention to the individuals who, through faith and love, made this momentous event possible. Having interviewed many of those who were imprisoned, beaten, ostracized, and forced underground during the rule of the communist regime, Professor Elliott tells with passion the stories of the [...]

The Halloween-ness of Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique”

By |2019-11-14T13:48:19-06:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Halloween, Hector Berlioz, Hector Berlioz Sesquicentennial Series|

It’s October, Halloween is approaching and I am obsessed with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Blame it on the title and mood of the symphony’s fifth movement: “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath.” Could any title be more deliciously spooky? It’s this movement, and this symphony, that make classical music people nod in recognition at the sound of Hector Berlioz’s [...]